In Summerville, I’ve found turmeric emerges from the ground rather late, but that’s not why I’m growing it for the ornamental appeal. That’s just a bonus. I want the roots.
Luxury home sales have surged in the Charleston region in recent months, mirroring a national trend that has seen high-end parts of the housing market unhampered, and even accelerated, by the coronavirus pandemic.
To keep a garden interesting and add a “fall feel” to the landscape, plant some perennials that bloom in October or November. These are a welcome, useful addition to any garden.
Some Charleston schools have turned to outdoor garden, farm and classroom spaces as a way to adjust to the demands of welcoming students back amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most popular fresh fruits in the United States, strawberries are a fragrant and sweet fruit with a multitude of nutritional benefits.
The largest organism in the world lives in Oregon and covers just under four square miles. That’s about 1,900 football fields. This prize goes to Armillaria solidipes, otherwise known as the honey fungus.
A mix of the usual spring cleaning, the stir-crazy uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and perhaps a fresh batch of streaming shows about the joy of organizing may have created the perfect storm to overwhelm donations centers earlier this year.
The Charleston Horticultural Society is offering tours through 10 private gardens in the Wagener Terrace and Hampton Park districts of downtown Charleston for its 19th annual Fall Garden Tour on Nov. 8.
The arboretum was started in 1936 along the banks of Putah Creek. My favorite plant collections in the revamped arboretum were the native California plants and the Australian plants.
Lowcountry residents have increasingly encountered what some agree to be the monster of all weeds, one that returns and keeps attacking no matter how many times it's sprayed during the summer with pesticides, or dug out of the ground.
What you want from the garden is key to how you proceed. Once this has been determined, then begin mapping out and planning what areas you plan to plant and cultivate.
A 1,700-square-foot, five-bedroom beach house (yes, five bedrooms) is on the market, just a short walk from the ocean.
The Preservation Society of Charleston's 44th annual Fall Tours program is about to start, but this time there will be no house tours due to COVID-19.
You'll need to know which oak trees to peek through to discover this absolutely gorgeous 4,417-square-foot home built in 1940.
Daffodils are by far the best spring bulbs for the South. My second favorite bulbs are Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) because they bloom dependably and multiply.
Trees provide many benefits, both environmentally and aesthetically. But there is no denying that they also can be a potential hazard. Because of this, know the species and health of each tree, before and after planting.
Jason Elam has expanded his skill set to include more artistic pieces and metal sculptures that mimic things like animals and plants. Some of his work has been featured and sold at art and farmers markets in the Summerville area.
Watermelon season in South Carolina draws to a close, but not before the state's growers harvested millions of pounds of the produce this year.
Home ownership, a reliable wealth-generator, is at the heart of the American Dream, but African Americans don't benefit from it at the same rates as Whites.
The Facebook group Lowcountry Plant Swap has become a popular space for gardeners who started growing during the pandemic.
The Green Heart Project broke ground on its largest project to date this summer. But building the space from the ground up has come with its own set of challenges.
Whether the standard annual hibiscus or the lesser known varieties, these plants are elegant and special in many ways. Though the flowers of most do not last more than a day, they tend to keep producing these flowers throughout the season, making them a sight to behold in the home landscape.
Chicora Wood, a sprawling 1,000-acre former rice farm in Georgetown County that was once owned by a South Carolina governor, recently changed hands for nearly $9 million. Dating back to the 1700s, the 10,000-square-foot house includes 10 bedrooms.
The home project on 40 Charlotte St. manages to balance new accommodations and features that are desirable in a modern home while using sustainable and historically accurate building techniques.
Just south of Charleston's medical district, the Lynches' Halsey Boulevard home appears to echo the Charleston-single style expected on the peninsula. Entering the two-story home, however, shatters that expectation.
Our yards are a source of healing. And educational opportunities to learn about gardening and landscaping throughout the Lowcountry have had to adjust to meet the needs of this new era.
As people spend more time at home and attempt to revamp space into work-from-home offices and other uses, experts are offering suggestions on what to do with the clutter.
How people grow vegetables has changed. Raised bed gardens with potting mix are now common, along with traditional in-ground gardens with native, natural soil. With both types of gardens, planning the sequence of crops between spring and fall and from one year to the next is an important step in preserving productive soil, soil (almost) free from pathogens.
And now we have the COVID-19 pandemic, which is prompting designers and architects to think hard about the built environment and how we can navigate it safely. It’s unclear whether the coronavirus crisis indicates a new reality, one defined in part by more stringent health safety protocols.
When it comes to gardening, water is one of the most important aspects. Not enough water for plants can lead to desiccation, and too much water can cause root systems to rot and disease to spread.
This summer, our current sheltering at home and Charleston's continued urban density converge to make it high time to tend a garden, no matter how small your space.
As a rule of thumb, honey is generally left alone the first year so the bees have plenty for the winter. But after consulting a few mentors, we decided to make some room in the hive while leaving plenty of honey for the colony.
To help residents who are either first-time chicken owners or thinking about purchasing baby chicks, experts offer tips and suggestions to help people avoid common mistakes.
Topiaries can be made in any shape imaginable, even some that seem impossible, such as a cube balanced on one corner. Animal shapes are popular.
When it comes to gardening, few plants are easier to grow than mint. And when it comes to attracting pollinators, few families can boast such achievements.
Lowcountry farmers are getting a boost from community-supported agriculture, or CSAs, as demand for home deliveries of fresh food grows.
When your classroom is a multi-acre farm filled with thousands of pounds of produce waiting to be harvested, shutting down isn’t an option.
Sea beans are succulent halophytes that don’t produce beans or pickles. The foliage is edible and salty. Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves. Halophytes tolerate saline conditions. And as halophytes go, sea beans are among the saltiest.
One of the added joys of gardening is finding ruby-throated hummingbirds visiting flowers from spring to fall. These perky birds have universal appeal as they zip around, hover while feeding and show off their metallic green and magenta-red feathers.
Though there are challenges associated with roses, the beauty and grace they add to any landscape is undeniable. Roses have long been considered the "Queen of Flowers," representing a myriad of things from beauty to peace.
Clemson Extension Service is accepting applications for the upcoming 12-week Master Gardener class, set for Sept. 17-Dec. 10. Interviews will be conducted in early August.