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Virginia Greene

May 2018
Despite their great size, long lifespan (50-plus years), and an armor-like shell that helps protect them from natural...

April 2018
Silver was the preferred metal for dining, drinking, lighting, and decorative ware in the early Charleston home, and...

March 2018
Each spring, the bright yellow flowers of Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) announce the new season in...

February 2018
The brown, floppy-eared pooch known as the “Boykin spaniel” today seems omnipresent in the Holy City—especially during...

January 2018
They’re affixed to structures throughout the Historic District and beyond: circular plaques mingling English and Latin...

December 2017
At four Holy City churches, bells are rung to changes in the English tradition—an art form more rare than many realize 

November 2017
The svelte, long-legged bird known as Meleagris gallopavo is quite a different beast than the fat and juicy turkey that...

October 2017
“When you steps in it, you sticks,” say the Gullah people of the gooey marsh mud that lines Lowcountry creeks. “Smells...

September 2017
During periods of drought, folks uninitiated in the magical ways of Pleopeltis polypodioides may spy the epiphyte fern’...

August 2017
If you’ve never grown an okra plant—merely enjoying someone else’s crop deliciously fried, boiled, steamed, stewed,...

June 2017
Washed up jellies, scampering crustaceans, tiny shells bound mysteriously into chains: all are common finds on South...

May 2017
Bring on the magnolia blooms! This month, Magnolia grandiflora’s immense flowers open, filling the air with their...

April 2017
With an intricate design featuring swords and spears, the famed Sword Gate at 32 Legare Street isn’t quite what you’d...