Horticultural Programming for 2024

Horticulture Happy Hours in Hampton Park

This series is meant to focus on specific Lowcountry favorites and bring in some of the experts who procure and cultivate them. A small plant sale highlighting the rare cultivars of plants discussed will be available for purchase at each happy hour event. Tickets are $50 and include light bites and a drink ticket. Proceeds from support horticultural park projects.

Camellia Garden Party, Feb. 10
We welcome Dan Clayton, camellia expert and historian, for a workshop focused on the history of the camellias, highlighting Camellia japonica. Topics covered will include propagation, breeding, integrated pest management, and proper planting techniques. Get tickets!

Roses and Rosé, March 14
Join the Conservancy’s own Robert McCombs, one of the stewards of the beautiful heritage rose collection at Hampton Park’s historic Rose Pavilion, and local Noisette rose authority Beth Ilderton as they discuss and demonstrate the care of Lowcountry roses. Topics will include best selections for the Lowcountry, planting, fertilization, pest control and all important pruning best practices. Robert and Beth will also dive into the fascinating history of the Noisette rose and its connection to the Lowcountry. Get your tickets and read more here.

Hydrangeas, June 2
Endless Summer Hydrangea Expert and Bailey Nursery’s Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan McEnany will talk about how new hydrangeas are creating more options for Lowcountry gardens. Attendees will receive his new book “Field Guide to Outside Style.” Get tickets!

Petals and Potions, Oct. 26
This fun and spooky Halloween event will feature flower-based cocktails and munchies made from the edible plants in the garden. The talk will focus on how medicinal plants, herbs, and flowers have been used throughout history. Get tickets!


Plants from Your Parks: Plant Sale

March 21-23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Magnolia Park & Community Garden

Take inspiration from our beautiful park gardens for your home with the Conservancy’s first-ever plant sale! Expertly curated by Conservancy Horticulturists, this collection has been designed to help take the guesswork out of what to plant in your garden – no matter your gardening goals.   Plant selections thrive in the sometimes harsh conditions of the Lowcountry’s unique climate. 

  • Have shade? Take inspiration from McMahon Playground, which has gorgeous hydrangeas and shade-loving perennials.
  • Do you love natives and have flooding issues? Our hardy Colonial Lake selections might be for you.
  • Fancy yourself the lord or lady of an English garden (but in a subtropical climate)? You’ll fall for our Rose Pavilion plant palette.
  • Homesteader? The Food Forest at Mulberry Pond Park palette will include fruit trees and shrubs. And the amazing Rita’s Roots will join us for all your veggie garden needs (tomatoes, peppers, herbs, compost, and more).
  • Love the bees? The Magnolia pollinator palette includes our favorite pollinator-friendly host plants.  

This plant sale provides the opportunity to purchase plants found in our parks and engage with our Horticulture staff for questions. Additionally, Rita’s Roots will be offering vegetable starts and compost for sale. Learn more and see what specific plants will be available. Visit here for more details.


Jenks Farmer Book Signing Session

Join celebrated author, garden designer, Crinum Lily expert, and plantsman Jenks Farmer as he leads a captivating discussion about his newest book, Garden Disruptors: The Rebel Misfits Who Turned Southern Horticulture On Its Head.

Joining him at Colonial Lake is his longtime friend, mentee, colleague, and now the cover model for his latest book, Conservancy Gardener Kellen Goodell. Together, they will engage in a lively and enlightening conversation covering a range of topics, including plants, gardening, highlights from Jenks’s career, and more. This is not a symposium with a slideshow. It will be a time of unfiltered stories spanning Jenks’s decades-long career in horticulture, as well as a chance to ask two horticultural experts all your questions. See what Jenks has written about Colonial Lake’s unique character.

Tickets are $60 and include a signed copy of the book (a $20 value).

Register for the morning book signing here.

Register for evening book signing here.


Design From Your Parks Quarterly Series 

Discover the exclusive “Design From Your Parks” series, a four-season journey led by Horticulture Director Kate White. This quarterly experience unveils the secrets of designing stunning Lowcountry gardens, showcasing the seasonal beauty of city parks. All classes offer a limited number of openings and take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per class for members or $35 for nonmembers.

A South Carolina Spring, April 6
This talk will focus on the perennial border and seasonal planting at the Rose Pavillion at Hampton Park. This presentation will go through the perennials and bulbs planted in this location to highlight how you can add seasonal color from February through late Fall. Reserve your spot!

Summertime is for the Pollinators, June 15
Learn how to create a pollinator garden, including plant list and budget. This talk teaches homeowners how to bring butterflies and other pollinators into their home garden using the new design at Corrine Jones as the template. Will highlight the work the Conservancy is doing with BeeCause and BeeCity USA. Reserve your spot!

A Charleston Autumn, Sept. 7 Last in our series for 2024, this session highlights adding fall color to the garden and will meet at Hampton Park. The discussion also focuses on shade-loving plants, such as hydrangea, gardenias, camellias, ferns, and shade perennials. We will discuss planting fruit trees and shrubs, as well as ordering bulbs for winter planting. Reserve your spot!


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