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What better way to spend a Sunday morning than enjoying a delicious brunch, mimosas, and a stroll through masterfully landscaped gardens, while simultaneously supporting the Charleston Horticultural Society? Those who attended Sunday’s elegant brunch at the Cassique Clubhouse will agree: there is no better option!

Gardeners, nature lovers, and supporters of the Charleston Horticultural Society enjoyed mimosas and bloody marys while catching up and bidding on a silent auction. Then many guests began to wander outside to the beautiful patio, where they savored the perfect fall weather and relaxed on outdoor lounges. 

Soon everyone was being ushered into a pristine white tent, which was filled with the mouth-watering smells of a gourmet brunch. Partygoers lined up for the custom omelette station, or filled their plates with baked orange chicken, salad, or shrimp and grits. Everyone chatted and dined in style, and then enjoyed a selection of muffins and fruit tarts for dessert. 

Then the first of two guided tours of the Vanderhorst Mansion kicked off. Those eager to view the grounds rushed off, but many guests lingered over coffee or basked in the autumn sun before the 2PM tour. 

The Charleston Horticultural Society was founded in December of 1999 and received 501 (C)3 status in 2001. The nonprofit organization is an outgrowth of the Charleston Garden Festivals that were held from 1994 through 1998, and today’s society seeks to inspire excellence in Lowcountry horticulture.