Show Gardens - RHS Hampton Court Show

Great Gardens of the USA - The Charleston and South Carolina project

Taking its inspiration from Charleston’s renowned hidden gardens, this garden is designed to capture the spirit, charm and elegance of Charleston. The centrepiece is a scaled-down replica of Charleston’s famous pineapple water feature – a symbol of welcome. The pineapple motif depicted in the garden is synonymous with the locality. A ship’s captain would spike a pineapple and place it on a stick outside his home to indicate his return from sea and to welcome visitors to the house. This is the first time that Sadie has introduced gold leaf into her gardens.

Included is a water feature based on Charleston’s famous Pineapple fountain, wrought iron railings, and walls and pillars made from reclaimed brick. A pair of joggling boards painted in classic Charleston green appear at the front of the garden under the characterful trees, which are set within the grass planting. The distinctive Black Limestone Crazy Paving forms a palette of blue slate and oyster shell, in reference to the historic streets of Charleston.

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