Charleston Area Open Day - May 25, 2024, Kiawah Island

Charleston Area Open Day - May 25, 2024, Kiawah Island

Vanderhorst House, part of the May 25, 2024 Open Day on Kiawah Island

Sat, May 25, 2024

Join us for two exciting weekends of Behind the Garden Gate: Charleston Open Days, presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Charleston Horticultural Society.

Enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to visit the Low Country’s finest private gardens at the height of the spring season.

This season, our first weekend features gardens on Kiawah Island, then gardens in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant the following weekend. Six different gardens are on tour each Saturday, and details will be announced soon.

Tickets for next Saturday's, June 1, tour can be purchased here. Tours are self-guided. Maps and other directions will be distributed in early May.

Please observe these new procedures and help us ensure a safe, contactless, and seamless garden experience for all visitors as well as our generous garden hosts:

  • Pre-registration is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for this event. Pre-register for this weekend on this website. Children under 12 are free and do not need to be pre-registered if accompanied by pre-registered adult.
  • Capacity is limited. Sorry, no paper tickets or Garden Conservancy credits will be accepted.

For more details about these changes for this season, see the Open Days Q&A.

  • Vanderhorst Mansion
    Vanderhorst Mansion

    Three and a half storied Vanderhorst House was built ca. 1803 by Arnoldus Vanderhorst, a two-term mayor of Charleston and governor of South Carolina.

  • Les Papillons
    Les Papillons

    This garden is 14 months old, I've loved plants all my life but actively gardening for the last 46 years.

  • Color on Every Corner
    Color on Every Corner

    Designed by renowned Kiawah landscape architect Bill Maneri, the garden is designed with the owner's love for color in mind.

  • Marsh Madness
    Marsh Madness

    This is a walled garden, designed by Glen Gardner, maintained by Alex Hendrix.