Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston’s private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens.

Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. These tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century.

Charleston has been renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden.” The Festival is during the peak of the city’s blooming season, and tours feature seven to ten properties each day in one of eleven neighborhoods, dating from the American colonial period, through the antebellum and Victorian eras, to early 20th century. Beautiful architecture and lush gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston, which has consistently been named among the ten most courteous and friendly cities in America.

Exciting special events are planned throughout the Festival. Beginning on March 11 and running through April 16, are “Food for Thought” events where guests enjoy an educational talk, light lunch, and a brief guided walk or experience that relates to the day’s topic. Topics range from “Charleston Irish: From Sullivan’s Island to ‘The Joe’,” to “How the Best Biscuits You Ever Had Came to Be,” and many more fascinating talks by local historians and experts.

Special musical concerts are one of the most popular special events. On March 12, 19, 26 & 31, and April 7 & 16, “Gullah Spirituals Celebration” will be performed at various locations in the Holy City. Check the schedule for other wonderful musical celebrations throughout the Festival.

Experience Lowcountry charm with “Live Like a Local” events. From “Morning Photography Walkabout” to “Rosé and Roses in the Garden” to “Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over the Top Pots,” these fun events will give you a true taste of Charleston life.

For more information about these and all of the exciting events planned for Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, call 843-722-3405 or visit www.historiccharleston.org.