CHS Member Appreciation Shopping Day

Church Creek Nursery May 9th

One morning every spring our generous friends at Church Creek Nursery on Johns Island open their private wholesale nursery offering a one-of-a-kind plant shopping extravaganza exclusive to current members of Charleston Horticultural Society.



Fall Tour Photos

We had such a blast at our 2014 Fall Tour at Seabrook, making it one of our best reviewed and attended tours in years. Check out CHS Tour Director Susan Epstein's photos from her tour experience! If you have any you would like to share, please send to

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.


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About Us

Our Vision

To become the preeminent horticulture resource of the Carolina Lowcountry.

Our Mission

The Charleston Horticultural Society seeks to inspire excellence in Lowcountry horticulture.

The Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS) was organized in December 1999 by Charlestonians who recognized a need for a horticultural resource center. CHS is an outgrowth of the Charleston Garden Festivals that were held from 1994 through 1998. The Horticultural Society was granted 501 (c)3 status in 2001.

A separate and unrelated organization by the name of The Horticultural Society of Charleston was previously established in 1830. That group awarded medals of excellence to leaders in the horticulture field and held meetings and lectures. Records show that it operated in Charleston until the outbreak of the Civil War. Our Founders Day 1830 award is based on that group's traditions and spirit. The award honors exemplary horticultural service and creative vision in the Lowcountry.

The Charleston Horticultural Society seeks to inspire excellence in Lowcountry horticulture.  With membership open to all, CHS has grown to more than 1,300 individual and business/organization members.  CHS holds monthly lectures from September through May, publishes "The Vine," our member newsletter; presents distinctive garden tours, produces PLANTASIA, a green market for plant lovers each spring; and offers the "Looking at the Layers of the Landscape" program, a history of Charleston's horticultural and landscape traditions. Please see our Projects and Programs for more details.


Executive Director: Kyle Barnette

Kyle Barnette has had a long career in the non-profit arts, most recently as the Charleston Ballet Theatre's marketing and public relations director. In 2010, he was honored as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" Lowcountry business leaders for his contributions to the arts as well as local business.  He has demonstrated expertise in marketing, socal media and special-events .

Tours Manager: Susan McLeod Epstein

Susan McLeod Epstein, the Charleston Horticultural Society tours manager, has a profound knowledge of the Lowcountry’s historic and contemporary gardens: She knows the gardeners and the designers and landscape architects, and is well versed in local history. An experienced gardener herself, she was formally educated in horticulture, earning a Bachelor of Science in the field from Clemson University.

Office Manager: Sharon Pence

Sharon has spent many years working in a non-profit office setting, most recently as the Office Administrator for the Charleston Ballet Theatre. Sharon worked as a paralegal at local prestigious law firms Trask & Howell as well as Rosen, Rosen & Haygood as well as served as an insurance adjustor for Employers Mutual Insurance Company. SHe is a garden hobbyist who upon moving to her new condo has developed an interest in container gardening.

2014-2015 Lecture Series

MAY 11

Bill Noble






2015 Spring Workshops

Feb - March 2015



Garden Docent Training

We invite you to join us on this horticultural journey as we learn to interpret the gardens of the Lowcountry and what makes them so unique. It is coordinated and taught by horticulturalist, certified nurseryman, and CHS Plantasia and Tours Manger, Susan McLeod Epstein along with community experts in the field of horticulture and design.


Groups and Committees


Charleston Trees works to enhance the role of trees as vital elements in public spaces throughout the City of Charleston.  Charleston Trees works with neighborhood associations within the City's limits to identify areas that would benefit from more trees and coordinates the necessary fundraising.



Since its inception in 2011, the Mobile Gardeners adaptive horticultural program has touched the lives of a variety of special needs children and adults in the Lowcountry area, offering the opportunity to learn about the many facets of gardening.



Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. proposed the planting of 10,000 new trees in Charleston during his 2012 State of the City address.  Shortly thereafter the 10,000 Trees for Charleston Commission formed under the leadership of Chairman Jimmy Bailey.



Sometime around 1802, John Champneys, a Charleston planter, crossed Rosa Chinensis (Old Blush) and Rosa Moschata, a white musk rose to create Champneys'Pink Cluster. This created America's first hybridized rose. It was given to his friend and neighbor, Philippe Noisette, a French botanist, and a more refined rose was hybridized, eventually named Blush Noisette.


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send check payments to: Charleston Horticultural Society, 46 Windermere Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407

Membership Levels:

  • Individual - $50
  • Family - $100
  • Patron - $250!

Lowcountry Garden Fellow:

  • Pinckney Fellow ............. $500 - $999
  • Lamboll Fellow ..........$1,000 - $2,499
  • Laurens Fellow ..........$2,500 - $4,999
  • Poinsett Fellow ......... $5,000 - $9,999
  • Michaux Society  .................... $10,000 +



Help Grow the Next Generation of Gardeners!

Your contribution will help CHS present our educational programs; The Vine, our newsletter; PLANTASIA, our annual green market for plant lovers; "Layers of the Landscape" program which brings to life Charleston's changing landscape and horticultural history; The 1830 Award which honors exemplary horticultural service and creative vision in the Lowcountry; and other educational programs and projects. All contributions are appreciated and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


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(843) 579-9922