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The Private Gardens of Charleston

Louisa Pringle Cameron

A horticulturist's treasure map to Charleston, South Carolina's privately owned gardens

Beyond the magnificent old walls and gates of Charleston's distinguished historic homes lie lush, private gardens. The Private Gardens of Charleston presents a detailed view of twenty-five of these spaces in color photographs and essays that 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 Pringle Cameron presents the story of each garden with perception and intelligence, describing its background and unique artistry. She provides useful information on a variety of plants, trees, and gardening techniques that are successful in this region. The owners tell of their achievements and mistakes, offer 4solutions to design and other challenges, and recall the personal and social joys a garden can inspire.

Complementing the text are Cameron's vibrant color photographs, which capture texture, design, and ornamentation of the gardens in detailed perspectives, as well as inviting views from porches and walkways. The Private Gardens of Charleston offers an intimate tour of places that are rarely seen by the public, making it an ideal volume for those who love gardening, landscape design, and the beauty of nature.

Louisa Pringle Cameron grew up amid historic gardens in her native city of Charleston, South Carolina. Cameron is a graduate of Hollins College in Virginia and of Clemson University's Master Gardener Program in Charleston. She is an accomplished gardener, watercolorist, and lecturer.

"This handsomely designed, appealing volume will make any garden lover salivate with delightful anticipation. It's not so much that the color photographs are spectacular as they are revealing of the nature of these gardens, which range from the classical and formal to the slightly quirky and rather wildly inviting. The author, a Charleston native, supplies a personalized text with plenty of knowledge about the gardens and what's in them."—Columbia (S.C.) State



The Private Gardens of Charleston


8 ½ x 11
104 pages
81 color illus.
ISBN 978-1-61117-145-7
paperback, $29.95t
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