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Show #35/1309. Charleston - Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation

Romantic Versus Formal Gardens

In this show we visited 2 historical Charleston, South Carolina plantation gardens. Both were thriving businesses in their day. But we also saw how important gardens were to their owners. Now thanks to the preservation efforts of Tom Johnson and Sidney Frazier and many others the plants popular back then are still around to be enjoyed today. And, importantly available for our children to enjoy. These garden designs were influenced by early European settlers. One was formal with symmetry and balance, the other more romantic, relaxed and casual. Joe likes the more relaxed style better but no matter which design you like the choice should be reflective of your lifestyle and your preferences because, importantly, there are no rules in gardening. Hopefully the tips and ideas presented in this show were as helpful to you as they were to Joe. We can learn a lot from the past. This show is a great example of that.


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