Beyond the magnificent old walls and gates of Charleston's historic homes lie lush private gardens of extraordinary beauty and distinction. This book presents twenty-five of the city's most superb private gardens in color photographs and essays, from the meticulous restoration of a classic, early-nineteenth-century landscape to the lush attraction of a typical Charleston garden, to a rare collection of exotic tropical plants.
The Private Gardens of Charleston offers a detailed view of these gardens in color photographs and essays which explore the diversity of gardening interests and styles, ranging from the elegant distinction of a "typical" Charleston garden-narrow, shady and verdant, and accented with the glorious color of azaleas and camellias-to an exotic garden containing a rare collection of tropical palms.
Louisa Cameron presents the story of each garden with perception and intelligence, describing its background and unique artistry. The author provides useful information on a variety of plants, trees and gardening techniques that are successful in this area. The owners tell of their achievements and mistakes, offer problem-solving solutions to design and growth, and recall the personal and social joys a garden can inspire.
Complementing the text are Mrs. Cameron's vibrant color photographs that capture texture, design and ornamentation in detailed perspectives of gardens, as well as inviting views from porches and walkways.
The Private Gardens of Charleston offers an intimate tour of gardens which are rarely seen by the public. It is a book for those who love gardening, landscape design and the beauty of nature.