Houses and Gardens What: The 65th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens offers visitors the rare opportunity to venture inside nearly 150 of Charleston's grandest private houses and gardens in the city's renowned historic district during blooming season.

When: 2-5 p.m. April 9-16, 18-19, 21; 6-9 p.m. April 17, 20

Where: Historic Charleston Foundation, 40 East Bay St.

Price: $45 per tour ticket, other events varied prices

More Info: 722-3405 or www.

Garden Tour What: Join Charleston Horticultural Society docents for a walking tour to some of the loveliest gardens in historic Ansonborough. Small groups of 10-12 guests will visit a series of six to eight gardens pointing out plant material, elements of garden design and other attributes. Register in advance. Space is limited.

When: 10 a.m. April 13 and 14 Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.

Price: $30 More Info: 579-9922 or

What: Garden docents/volunteers will be on hand to help with plant selections and answer questions. Workshops will be offered every hour.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14

Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.

Price: Free More Info: 579-9922 or

Ask a Master Gardener What: Bring garden questions and plants/weeds to ID. Have your soil sent off for testing ($6). Bring two cups of dry soil. Learn about worm composting and flower gardening.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14 Where: Central True Value Hardware, 309 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd., Moncks Corner

Price: Soil test $6 More Info: 719-4140 or

Camellia Society What: Coastal Carolina Camellia Society has programs of presentations on camellias and related topics.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 17 Where: Essex Village Church of Christ, 736 Savage Road

Price: First meeting free/yearly dues $10

More Info: 200-5818 or

Garden Tours What: The Heyward-Washington garden is of a formal design that became popular with the building of the Palace of Versailles in 1661. All plants in the Heyward-Washington garden were introduced to the Lowcountry no later than 1791; many were imported from Europe. Visitors will see camellia, tea olive, boxwood, althea, yellow begonia, roses, herbs and more.

When: 4-4:30 p.m. April 19, 26 Where: Heyward Washington House, 87 Church St.

Price: Free with general admission

More Info: 722-2996 or

Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour What: Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore 10 picturesque homes and gardens in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant. Food tastings prepared by local chefs will be offered in tour kitchens and on outside patios. Artists will showcase their works for sale under tents in Edwards Park. Proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of art sold will benefit the Red Cross.

When: 1-5 p.m. April 22 Where: Edwards Park, Old Village, 400 Pitt St.

Price: $45 per ticket, or $30 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

More Info: 764-2323 ext. 321 or www.LowcountryRedCross. org

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