A year after the Emmy award-winning PBS show “This Old House” chronicled the renovations of their historic houses, two Charleston families are settling into their new abodes, where they are both homeowners and stewards of history.
While the Lowcountry may not be known as a hot spot for leaf peeping, we are fortunate to have a painters’ palette of native, fall-blooming wildflowers, shrubs, and vines that can easily be utilized in the home landscape.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy continues its string of park renovations after receiving a total of $25,000 in grant funding for a community garden at Corrine Jones Park.
When Joe and Kristin Thompson decided to build their home on Kiawah Island, they envisioned a place where they could enjoy retirement without feeling overwhelmed by too much space.
The Southern Living Plant Collection focuses on ornamentals bred and tested “to solve landscape challenges in Southern gardens.” Many of the plants have unique coloring or variegation. Some are smaller versions of tried-and-true southern shrubs.
This year, the Lowe’s Hero Project will be rehab a house in Charleston for Benjamin’s Way. The project, which will be completed in seven weeks, will house up to 15 transitioning homeless people at a time. Typically, home rehab projects require many months of work.
Soil is the foundation of the garden. It supports plant growth by providing stability, oxygen, water, temperature modification and nutrients. In fact, improving your garden’s soil might be the single most important thing you can do to set yourself up for success.
The Preservation Society of Charleston will soon launch its fall homes, history and architecture tours, which will feature several historic residences in the area.
A leisurely stroll through the woods can be invigorating. Reconnecting with nature can cleanse worries and settle your thoughts. Sometimes, though, nature is best viewed through the safety of a screened porch.
There’s nothing like a vine-ripened homegrown pineapple for a tasty fruit. Growing a pineapple fruit requires only a few simple tasks and a lot of patience, three years’ worth.
Wallpaper has had its ups and downs over the past few decades. But lately, homeowners are taking a fresh look at wallpaper as a decorating option, thanks to updated designs, expanded choices and new technologies.
The dog days of summer are a sweltering time for South Carolina gardeners. As spring vegetable gardens have all but given up on production, now is the time to get started for fall garden success.
"The main takeaway is that the city of Charleston did not function without the enslaved on the peninsula. They did not just live on the plantations, and that is what we’re trying to get out there."
Sure, the buried pirate treasure chests and left-behind Civil War-era mementos have mostly been scooped up in Charleston by archaeologists or private collectors and privy diggers (outhouse vault plunderers — yes, that's a thing) who have swept through Lowcountry properties in search of anyth…
Lately, there hasn’t been a need for irrigation, but that won’t last forever. Now might be the time to upgrade.
While there are at least three vegetable diseases called “black rot,” including a rot of pumpkins and a rot of sweet potatoes, I am the only bacterial black rot. The importance of this crucial difference will become apparent later.
Most of us want to walk gently on this earth. Except for when it comes to vermin and termites and pests, and then we want to stomp hard.
An easily grown annual native to South America, cleome (Cleome hassleriana, synonym C. pungens, C. spinosa) is a favorite in Southern gardens. The delicate pink, rose, purple, white or bicolor spider-like flowers, along with the spidery seedpods, give it the common name, spider flower. It grows best in average, well-drained soils and in full sun to light shade. Somewhat drought tolerant, cleome will benefit from watering during periods of little rainfall. Many new dwarf hybrid cultivars (Cleome hybrida) have been bred for more compact growth habits and prolific blooms.
Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will soon have a chance to tour one of his two home designs in South Carolina. Tickets to visit Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee will go on sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 9. The tour will be Nov. 10 and 11.
Just like giant hogweed protects itself by warding off offenders by producing chemicals that cause skin to become extremely sensitive to light, poison ivy affects skin cells, too.
Termite bonds are one measure homeowners can take to fend off the pesky insects, but sometimes the agreements aren't read thoroughly enough.
This time of year has many gardeners frustrated. Lush squash plants that were producing copious amounts of fruit suddenly wilt and die. Closer inspection reveals a yellowish, sawdust-like material that is the smoking gun.
For the first time in more than 300 years, Middleton Place will be managed by someone who’s not part of the family.
Summer brings a whole new “crop” of weeds to the Southeastern coastal plain. Clearly, weeds that thrive now are tolerant of high temperatures, defined in biology as above 86 degrees. Many summer weeds also tolerate drought.
The students spent two weeks building a house that will house interns on a nearby educational farm run by a former Wando teacher.
On Lowcountry summer days, many locals retreat from the oppressive heat by staying inside cool buildings surrounded by their own comforts and electronic distractions. Others, like certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener Patty Miller, find happiness outside coated in sunscreen and potting…