Charleston, SC "Behind the Garden Gate" - June 4, 2022

Charleston, SC "Behind the Garden Gate" - June 4, 2022

Sat, Jun 4, 2022

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

Walls of entwined ivy, dazzling blooms, and sun-dappled fern fronds abound in Charleston’s botanical sanctuaries. The Garden Conservancy and the Charleston Horticultural Society open the Holy City’s garden gates for self-guided tours of its finest private gardens. Each Saturday tour features seven different private gardens, all within walking distance, promising two weekends full of exploration and beauty in these artfully cultivated spaces.

Purchase tickets for this Saturday's tour below to reserve your spot for this extraordinary opportunity. Tickets for the May 28 tour can be purchased here. Tours are self-guided. Maps and other directions will distributed along with a confirmation email of purchase.

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.
  • Masks are required, at the discretion of the garden owners, and social distancing is encouraged at all in-person events.

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

Gardens opening this weekend can be viewed below. Tickets to this program are available to purchase at the bottom of this page. 

  • Branford-Horry House Garden
    Branford-Horry House Garden

    This fine example of a three-story stuccoed brick Georgian double house was built circa 1751-54 for William Branford.

  • William Gatewood House Garden
    William Gatewood House Garden

    Circa 1843. This handsome three-storied masonry house is one of Charleston’s most important Greek Revival dwellings. The architect was Col. E.B. White.

  • Garden of the Capers-Motte House
    Garden of the Capers-Motte House

    This is a four-story Georgian, stucco over brick dwelling with a hipped roof clad in slate shingles. The stucco on the primary elevation is scored to create the appearance of stone...

  • Garden at James Brown House
    Garden at James Brown House

    James Brown, a carpenter, built this three-story wooden single house and a brick kitchen house after he purchased the property in 1768.

  • Garden at John Fullerton House
    Garden at John Fullerton House

    This fine Georgian single house was built in 1772 by John Fullerton, a Scottish carpenter. When it was necessary to make extensive repairs after hurricane Hugo in 1989, the current owner...

  • Garden at James Petigru Law Office
    Garden at James Petigru Law Office

    James Petrigru, a famous jurist and attorney general of South Carolina, constructed in 1849 this Neoclassical house/law office designed by noted architect Edward B. White.

  • Classic and Contemporary Garden
    Classic and Contemporary Garden

    This recently built house in the Charleston Historic District is attentive to Charleston single house architecture while at the same time incorporating contemporary features.