The triangular lot wedged between Beaufain Street and Logan Street’s two branches was long something to walk across. That was about it.
But on April 27, it was transformed to a flowering garden with pink knockout roses, Yashino cherry trees and American beauty berries — 737 plants in all.
Birds have found it. Motorists stopped at the streetlight admire it. And it won’t be long before it becomes a pleasant place to sit and read a book. (The benches are yet to be added.)
It is another successful project of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, this one in partnership with the Breakfast Rotary Club and the City of Charleston.
The Conservancy planned it. The City did a lot of the heavy lifting like installing an irrigation system and removing a large tree stump. And Rotary Club members did the labor. They will continue to tend to the garden by watering it five days a week all summer.
A well-tended garden will be a gift to the diverse neighborhood surrounding it: Robert Mills Manor public housing, Canterbury House senior apartments, Memminger Elementary School (students, teachers and people attending special events at the auditorium) and College of Charleston students. Both those here now and those still to come.
While the Rotary Club was planting, several neighbors stopped to ask questions and offered to help with the summer watering.
The Parks Conservancy’s mission is to increase the quality, awareness, appreciation and usage of Charleston’s parks and green spaces. It is presently tending to 12 parks in addition to the Logan Street site, including parks across the peninsula and west of the Ashley. Brittlebank, Cannon, Corrine Jones and Marion Square are some of them.
The addition of Logan Street’s garden is one more invitation to pause, look and feel a little more alive.