“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”
– Gertrude Jekyll
Each year at Behind the Garden Gate, the wonderful tours we sponsor in partnership with The Garden Conservancy during Spoleto, many of you, along with visitors from around the globe, have been able to visit some of Charleston’s loveliest historic gardens. It’s an enchanting experience that has enabled us to enjoy the extraordinary beauty within the gates of Charleston private gardens while at the same time renewing enthusiasm and interest for our own gardens.
As you are aware, we were unable to walk the gardens this year or to discover new plant material at our other beloved spring event, Plantasia. COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives. Losing the anticipated revenue from these important events has had a severe impact on CHS Hort. Indeed, these events account for nearly half of our budget. Accordingly, we have worked hard to reduce our expenses and to compensate in part for the revenue loss by creating call-in plant sales so that our members have access to quality plants for their gardens. We are also offering virtual garden tours through our new YouTube channel and this summer will be offering our Summer Workshop Series classes online as well. Unfortunately, however, we will still have a budget shortage this fiscal year.
We are pleased to report that we recently received a generous and anonymous challenge contribution of $7,500 to help maintain and expand the programs that meet our members’ needs and expectations. Given our shortfall, it is critical that we match this important donation with additional gifts from our members. We are therefore asking you to kindly consider a tax-deductible donation today as a demonstration of your support for the Charleston Horticultural Society.
We eagerly anticipate the day when we can open our doors and resume the signature programs and events that for 20 years have helped make our organization so special.
Your support matters…We ask that you please consider a contribution by clicking the donate link below or sending in your payment via mail to Charleston Horticultural Society 46 Windermere Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 or call the office at 843.579.9922.
Your donation is essential to our ability to continue to provide programming for you and all our many valuable members. Your contribution is one important way to continue to “be in this together.”