What's happening this month
Gardening Tip: Stop into a local nursery for sun-loving, butterfly-attracting gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa), and plant it now in full sun. Then keep an eye out for our July issue, where we’ll share crafty ideas for using the dried seed heads, which maintain their brilliant magenta hue.
May 13 - Charleston Horticultural Society Lecture
Landscape designer and garden writer Julie Moir Messervy is traveling all the way from Vermont to speak at the Charleston Horticultural Society’s monthly lecture. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday, 6:30 p.m. $10; free for CHS member. chashortsoc.org
May 21 - “Re-Thinking the Urban Watershed”
Interested in controlling erosion, conserving water, and providing habitats for pollinators and songbirds? Hear Kim Morganello of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension speak on rain gardens and other helpful home landscape features during this South Carolina Native Plant Society lecture. Afterward, mingle at a reception complete with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and giveaways. Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Free. scnps.org
May 25 & June 1 - Behind the Garden Gate
Set out on a self-guided tour through private Holy City gardens during this collaboration among Spoleto Festival USA, the Charleston Horticultural Society, and The Garden Conservancy. Each tour includes eight stops—snag tickets for both events to see 16 stunning green spaces. Locations vary downtown. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $75. spoletousa.org