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Welcome to the Charleston Horticultural Society

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The Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS), founded in 2000, is a non-profit organization with membership open to all. The Society offers a wide array of horticultural information and involvement to its more than 1,300 individual and business members through lectures, educational workshops, garden tours, special events, and publications.

CHS has two specialized committees: Charleston Trees, dedicated to ensuring that green spaces in the City of Charleston are nurtured and expanded, and the Heritage Rose Society, which maintains the city's historic Heritage Rose Trail and provides information about the Noisette rose -- with origins in Charleston, the first class of rose to be developed in America. 


NEW - Translation Guide 
If you’re new to gardening in the Lowcountry and are wondering how your favorite plants will fare in our hot humid salt air, then this guide can help.  We’ve taken some of the commonly used plants from other parts of the country and “translated” them to plants that will work here.  In some cases we’ve chosen plants that physically resemble the plants from back home.  When we couldn’t find a physical match, we chose plants of approximately the same size with the same bloom time.  
Some common northern plants can be grown here, but in the winter rather than the summer, and we’ve made notes by these plants.  In all cases, we tried to “think southern,” and pick things that will thrive here.  We welcome your input and would love to hear about successes (and failures!) in your garden.
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