5 Blooms You’ll See in Everywhere in Charleston This Spring

By: John Williams

While many of us are busy getting our lawns ready for the upcoming growing season, many plants are also preparing for warmer temperatures. Springtime in Charleston is one of the most beautiful times of year to get out and enjoy the many blooms that adorn every nook and cranny of the city. You’ll find bulbs pushing through the ground as well as flowering shrubs and trees that bring a canopy of color and fragrance to every street. Check out these five blooms you’ll see everywhere in Charleston this Spring:

Camellia

This popular bloom appears at the first sign of spring, making the Camellia a welcome sight for winter-weary natives. This flower can vary significantly in its size and shape as well as color. You may notice pink, white, or red Camellia blossoms begin to form against dark evergreen leaves. Camellia trees make excellent hedges and borders and do well when planted together to create a wall of sheer beauty. The trees can also grow up to 65 feet tall making them a favorite for all to see. The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens offers daily walking tours to showcase these magnificent native plants. Camellias are essential to Charleston and the surrounding area for the tea that comes from their scented leaves and flowers. Many of the city’s historic farms continue to grow Camellias today.

Azalea

These common southern plants also native to the area, bring forth pink and red bursts of color when they bloom in the spring. You’ll see these lovely shrubs announcing their arrival after winter with brilliant shades. Azaleas are popular to use as hedges or as anchor plants in gardens to fill in the landscaping. They’re also great for providing privacy for backyard dining areas. Azaleas aren’t tough to grow, so you’ll find them in wild areas around the city. The flowers have a long history in Charleston and are one of the most beloved plants around. They’re part of the rhododendron family but are considered to be a higher quality plant than the rest of their relatives.

Wisteria

It’s hard to miss the vines of Wisteria that bloom in beautiful shades of purple during the spring. This climbing plant wraps its way around many buildings in downtown Charleston, framing the noted history of the city. You’ll also see Wisteria climbing gates and lamp posts. The plant can be aggressive and choke out nearby vegetation. You’ll note the clumps of purple colored blooms that make their way all over the vine. Some vines can grow up to 65 feet off the ground and spread over 30 feet wide making them quite the show stopper at maturity.

Forsythia

You’ll see an abundance of yellow when Forsythia begins to bloom in Charleston. This gorgeous plant offers golden blooms that are easy to spot. Forsythia comes in a variety of forms as different breeds produce both regular and dwarf options. You’ll find that Forsythia is a rapid grower and can easily stand up to 10 feet tall and wide given the right soil conditions. It’s known for its slightly unkempt appearance making it a favorite to add variety to a stately cultivated garden. These plants definitely draw attention to areas around the city. The sheer amount of profuse blooms on the Forsythia make this an easy one to spot during springtime in Charleston.

Crepe Myrtle

You can’t go far in Charleston in the spring without spotting these gorgeous trees. Crepe Myrtles are the original ‘Southern Hospitali-Tree.’ These smaller trees came to America through the port in Charleston and began to bloom immediately. It produces blooms in a variety of colors including red, pink, white, and purple. The arching branches of the Crepe Myrtle also give this tree a soft, endearing look that makes them perfect in many cultivated gardens around the city.

There are plenty of gorgeous plants to see in South Carolina in the coming months, but none compare to the popularity and beauty of these five blooms you’ll see everywhere in Charleston this spring.

John Williams is a guest writer, an outdoor living expert and explorer. When he’s not traveling to nature’s most well-known beauty spots, he tends to the greenery surrounding his home.


Top 10 Tips for Visiting Charleston from Nat’l Geographic Travel

“Discover the Best of Charleston” National Geographic TRAVEL

On May 11th, 2018 National Geographic TRAVEL posted “Discover the Best of Charleston: Make the most of your trip with these top ten tips for the “Holy City.” Nancy Gupton wrote:

One of the United States’ oldest cities, Charleston—nicknamed the Holy City for its abundance of churches—offers visitors plenty to experience and explore. Don’t be overwhelmed: These are our top ten tips for making the most of your time…”

Examples:

1 – SEE THE BIRDS

2- WANDER THE GARDENS

Read the article for the other eight hints and to read her elaboration on each.

Very useful!

“Holy City How To” article from Southpark Magazine

Holy City How To

The lovely photo above is only one of the many photos of Charleston in this great article – hint: you will LOVE the one of the Charleston Fountain!

Here is the intro to the article:

Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte for 10 years or just moved into town, Charleston should be top on your list of weekend getaway locales. It is, after all, consistently named the top city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and is oft considered one of the best culinary destinations in the country.

So how does one do Charleston when there’s either so much to cover in a first-time visit, or you’ve been there what feels like countless times? Heed this advice and experience the Holy City with a fresh set of eyes.”

Read the rest of the article for great advice for your Charleston visit!

Give the gift of Museums for Christmas!

Charleston's Museum Mile - CharlestonMuseumMile.org
Charleston’s Museum Mile – CharlestonMuseumMile.org

“During the month of January 2018, enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! With the Museum Mile Month pass, you can spend an entire month learning about Charleston’s rich history and culture while visiting sites in the order that best fits your schedule.

Participating sites include:

Tickets ordered in advance can be mailed to your door or you may request to have them held for pick up at The Charleston Museum, the Heyward-Washington House or the Joseph Manigault House.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchases can be made in advance online until 12/31/2017. During January 2018, ticket purchases must be made in person at a Charleston Visitor Center downtown, in North Charleston or in Mount Pleasant. “

Source:  CharlestonMuseum.org

Charleston boasts of the Largest Keelboat Regatta in the Western Hemisphere

CharlestonRaceWeek.com posted…

“Race Week Culminates with Moderate Winds and High Spirits

After three days of intense competition across 16 different classes of sailboats, the biggest keelboat regatta in the Americas is in the books! The past half week has been filled with exciting racing, rockin’ beachside parties and some great camaraderie. Another edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week comes to a close.

Full scores, photos, videos and more tell the story on their Website and on Facebook!

SAVE THE DATE for 2018!
April 12-15, 2018

Weather is right for Charleston Water Taxi!

Beginning in Mid March the Charleston Water Taxi’s schedule expanded to daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Prior to that they were mostly open on Saturdays.

There are four departure points with different departing times.  The four points are:

  • Aquarium Wharf/MaritimeCenter
  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
  • Waterfront Park/Market St/Historic District

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The Exchange and Provost – a Landmark

A  National Historic Landmark

The Exchange and Provost - a Landmark

Picture Source – National Park Service

122 East Bay Street,
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-2165 
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‘The Exchange and Provost, a National Historic Landmark, was a pivotal building in colonial Charleston, where many significant events of the American Revolution and early Federal period occurred.

As Charleston became the South’s largest port, the Exchange and Custom House was built from 1767 to 1771 for the expanding shipping industry, but also served as a public market and meeting place.

After a protest meeting against the Tea Act, confiscated tea was stored here in 1774.

The Provincial Congress of South Carolina met here the following year.

During the Revolutionary War, the British used the building for barracks and the basement as a military prison.

The State Legislature met here in 1788, after the Statehousewas destroyed.

When George Washington visited Charleston on his southern tour of 1791, a grand ball was held for him on the second floor.’

Source – National Park Service 

To learn more about the architectural style of the builiding, how it originally fronted the harbor, its original purpose, damage to the building due to the Civil War and the 1886 earthquake AND the builiding’s relationship to the DAR see the National Park Service Website OR Wikipedia.

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Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center

Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center

Photo and text source – http://bit.ly/33Llua

5200 Savannah Highway, 
Ravenel, SC 29470
 
Contact

(843) 889-8898 or

(843) 795-4386

Email

Hours

Wed-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm

Mon and Tue: Closed

Admission

$1 or 1 Greenbax per person

Free: 2 years and under

Free: Gold Pass members

‘Journey from the past to the present and heritage to habitat at the Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Rich in natural, cultural and historical resources, Caw Caw was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve the series of rice fields out of cypress swamps.

To help preserve and protect our natural resources and interpretive trails, dogs and bicycles are not permitted.’

Features

– Over 6 miles of trails with trailside exhibits

– Elevated boardwalks through wetlands (1,435 ft.)

– Environmental and social studies education programs from pre-school through college level

– Interpretive exhibits, displays, and programs

– Former 18th and 19th century rice fields and on one of the most important sites of the Stono Rebellion

– Thousands of naturalized tea plants from a 20th century tea farm

– Areas managed for wildlife including waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, and more

– Favored habitats for rare wildlife: American Alligators, Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, and others

Group Rates

Environmental Educator or Interpreter-led educational group rates are available with reservations Monday through Sunday or self-led educational group rates available with reservations Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (843) 889-8898.

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Morris Island and Morris Island Light

Morris Island Lighthouse, Charleston, S.C,

Picture and Text Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Island

Morris Island is an 840 acre (3.4 km²) uninhabited island in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, accessible only by boat. The island lies in the outer reaches of the harbor and was thus a strategic location in the American Civil War.

Morris Island was heavily fortified to defend Charleston harbor…It was the scene of heavy fighting during the Union Army‘s campaign to captureCharleston, and is perhaps best known today as the scene of the ill-fated assault by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an African-American regiment. The regiment and this assault, where it suffered over 50% casualties, was immortalized in the film Glory.”

After the Confederates abandoned Morris Island in 1863, the Union occupied it and transferred 520 Confederate officers from Fort Delaware to Morris Island… They were used as Human Shields…”   Be sure to read on! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Island and the article on the Morris Island Light 

Morris Island Light - Wikipedia

Picture Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Island_Light

 

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