Kalmia latifolia Linnaeus
Watercolor by Richard Crist
The October meeting of the Spring Beauty Garden Club was held at Kalmia Gardens, named for the mountain laurel that grows along the bluff over looking Black Creek along the back of the property. The Thomas Hart House (circa 1820), once part of a large plantation tract and the origin of the name Hartsville, is now a botanical garden owned and operated by Coker College. A full history can be read here.
Our hosts gathered blooms and greenery from their yards, assembling natural seasonal arrangements.
Mahonia in the foyer.
Papyrus and Beauty Berry in the dining room.
With the same curiosity I had as a child exploring this garden, I now explore the house...a home full of beautiful vignettes.
Looking forward to fall evenings in front of a fire.