Monday, June 30, 2014

Charleston Part Four, The Gardens at the Heyward-Washington House


I'm in love with American colonial gardens.  


 Like the houses they belong to, they can tell us so much about what life was like in early America.


 I find myself captivated by their charm...


...and symmetry.



That wonderful combination of the utilitarian --
                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                

and the beautiful.


For years, I've wanted to try something similar in our own backyard, but something tells me it would look totally out of place with a 1970's ranch-style house.  ;)


Walled gardens were popular in early America, as well as in England.  I think they must have been ideal for kitchen gardens, as they would have allowed the sun in, but kept out damaging winds and foraging animals.



Who can resist the knot-shaped herb gardens,


 and the combination of brick walkways and gravel paths?  Our guide told us the little brick building, above and below, was called "the necessary" -- a polite way of saying "the privy."  :)



This window is on the 1740's kitchen building, located behind the main house.






Yes, it would be a treat to have a garden like this on our property.


Sigh...









These gardens are lovely, it's true; but what a lot of pruning, shaping, and weeding.  I'd have to hire a gardener for sure.  :)  Thanks for touring the gardens with me; it's always nice to have someone to share the sights with.  You can tour the inside of the Heyward-Washington House in Charleston, South Carolina, Here and Here.

I always appreciate your visits and I'm glad you stopped by House at Forest Manor.  Have a wonderful week!!

I'm linking to the following parties:
 Amaze Me Monday
Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm Show and Share Party
Home and Garden Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Thanks to all these ladies for hosting!


Denise 

*All photos were taken by myself and Mr. Forest Manor.
 

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful gardens Denise! I picked the first red cherry tomato from my Forktress Planter yesterday, woo-hoo! Lovin' that old bath tub too! Happy 4th of July Week:@)

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  2. Denise,
    This is one beautiful home and the gardens are just stunning! I would love to have you join me at my Show and Share Party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Denise, Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    Your photos are beautiful! I love taking virtual garden walks.
    Have you ever heard of P. Allen Smith? I think you would LOVE his garden and 'garden to table' shows. Be sure and stop by his website and check out your local listings. You'll find so much inspiration :0)
    Have a wonderful Fourth of July with your family and friends,
    Suzanne

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed that garden tour. So nicely manicured and I think the walls make things feel cozy. The walkways are lovely too.

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  5. Wonderful gardens! Reminds me of Colonial Williamsburg gardens.
    betsy

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