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City of Gardens

Louisa Pringle Cameron
Foreword by the Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr.

An intimate look at Charleston’s lush and inviting green spaces, both private and public, and historic and modern

Long famous for its charming courtyard gardens in the peninsula’s historic district, Charleston, South Carolina, has a remarkable southern landscape that also includes dozens of exquisite private gardens, city parks, cemeteries, institutional gardens, and even an urban farm. In Charleston: City of Gardens, Louisa Pringle Cameron shares the splendor of these gems along with accounts from garden owners, an urban forester, a city horticulturalist, and other overseers of the Holy City’s beautiful green spaces.

By exploring gardens beyond the Lower Peninsula, Cameron reveals the enormous scope of gardening within the city. Charleston’s moderate climate, lengthy growing season, and generous annual rainfall allow thousands of tree and other plant species to thrive. Even certain tropical plants flourish in protected locations. While the more than two hundred color images in Charleston cannot do justice to experiencing a lush Southern garden with its visual and tactile feasts, gentle sounds of running water and birdsong, and sweet fragrances, they can serve as an inspiration and guide to planning a garden or perhaps a memorable vacation in the Carolinas.

Joseph P. Riley Jr., now retired, was the mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, for more than 40 years.

Louisa Pringle Cameron grew up amid historic gardens in her native city of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Hollins College in Virginia and the Charleston-based Clemson University's Master Gardener Program. The author of The Private Gardens of Charleston and The Secret Gardens of Charleston, Cameron is an accomplished gardener, watercolorist, and lecturer and enjoys playing duplicate bridge and traveling.





9 x 12
176 pages
155 color and 9 b&w illus.
ISBN 978-1-61117-818-0
Hardcover, $44.99t
ISBN 978-1-61117-819-7
Ebook, $29.99t


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