Monday, May 26, 2014

Charleston, SC (5/24-26/2014)

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Back in Charleston, SC for Spoleto this year, first doing the The Garden Conservancy Charleston Open Day/Behind the Garden Gate. Paid big bucks for a ticket that allowed entry into nine of Charleston's "finest private gardens."
Gaillard-Bennett House
The Gaillard-Bennett House at 60 Montagu Street is a circa 1800 Federal mansion that has been restored with its outbuildings by master craftsmen. No photographs were permitted of the extensive garden divided into sections by shrubs and trees. Typical seems to be having an English-garden type boxwood parterre, then a gazebo and reflecting pool, then a bit of formal lawn.
Lewis Timothy Print Shop
The Print Shop house at 97 King Street (not on tour) may have been the original location set up by a Lewis Timothy, a partner sent in 1734 by Benjamin Franklin to publish The South Carolina Gazette. Lewis died in 1738 and his widow, with seven children under the age of thirteen, continued the newspaper, becoming the first female newspaper editor and printer in America
Vine-covered building on King Street
William Elliott House
The William Elliott House at 75 King Street was built circa 1730s and was once used as the Mary Stokes Boarding School. The current garden was designed by landscape architect Sheila Wertimer.
Front door
Unique container
Anthemion (design of radiating petals) grill over the crawl space
Espaliered Camellia sasanquas
Part of formal parterre
Statue of Pan
John Fullerton House
The John Fullerton House at 15 Legare Street is a single Georgian house built in 1772. The grounds were landscaped in 1985.
Formal parterre
Vine-covered fountain
Forest Pansy Redbud leaves?
Swimming pool
William Gibbes House
The Williams Gibbes House (1772) at 64 South Battery is classic Georgian. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Much of the garden plan was introduced from 1927-1931 by landscape artist Loutrel Briggs, who was brought to Charleston by the owner at the time, Mrs. Cornelia Roebling, the widow of the engineer who supervised the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The garden is being restored to follow the original design and plant list, although some substitutions have been necessary as the shade canopy is now much greater.
Confederate jasmine arch
Cypress trees
1831 wall
    Hydrangea macrophylla normalis/Lacecap Hydrangea
    Pre-revolutionary rose garden
    Wisteria arbor by the pool
    Benjamin Phillips House
    The Benjamin Phillips House at 55 Church Street was restored in 1987 and at that time there was no garden. The present garden was designed by Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan following 18th century patterns.
    Confederate jasmine spirals up the porch posts
    The owner and her interior decorator
    designed the acorn-decorated garden furniture
    Garden house made to look like a privy
    Mrs. Whaley's Garden
    Mrs. Whaley's Garden at 58 Church Street was behind a house tucked behind another. Ben Scott Whaley and his bride purchased the house in 1938 and Mrs. Whaley hired Loutrel Briggs to design the small garden with a formal foreground and a romantic natural background.
    Formal foreground
    Natural background...
    William Stone House
    The William Stone House (c. 1874) at 83 East Bay Street was a merchant's home with a commercial enterprise on the ground floor. No photographs were allowed here, where the unique garden, designed by Loutrel Briggs, was made within the ruins of a warehouse, demolished except for the exterior walls.
    Longitude Lane,
    an unimproved 17th century "country lane"
    off of East Bay Street
    Caspar Christian Schutt House
    The Caspar Christian Schutt House (1802) at 51 East Bay Street is an Adam-style mansion. The garden was designed by Sheila Wertimer. No photos permitted.
    McGee House
    The McGee House at 72 Anson Street has a garden designed by Loutrel Briggs in the 1960s.
    Quercus virginiana/Southern Live Oak
    Water feature
    Confederate battle flag design?
    Mid-afternoon I met Marsha to browse the Wragg Square Outdoor Crafts Fair, then we attended a concert at the Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street: "Until the Next Time: A Tribute to Sadie Green Oglesby, A Television Pioneer" performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir.

    Sunday, May 25, 2014
    This morning we went to Grace Church where Marsha sings in their professional choir. While waiting for the service to begin, I watched the bell ringers.
    Grace Church bell ringers
    That evening we returned to Grace Church for an organ recital by Raúl Prieto Ramírez from Spain. Although we could only stay for a couple numbers, we must have heard from nearly every organ pipe in the place!
    We then attended an amazing performance called "A Simple Space" by an Australian acrobatic ensemble called Gravity & Other Myths. I had seen some of the mind-boggling feats done before by Chinese acrobats, but this group goes further!

    Monday, May 26, 2014
    Memorial Day
    Before heading home, we attended one more concert, the William Baker Festival Singers at Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. This concert featured songs of the Holocaust with the settings by Marsha's friend William Dreyfoos. For settings, he took separate music and lyrics and put them together in a choral arrangement. Very impressive.

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