Charleston chiming……

St Phillips, CharlestonToday — one last glimpse of Charleston.  There is the aspect of an English Cathedral city to this charming town.  From the many churches that are scattered through the streets, bells can be heard chiming the hours.  Little girls still dress like little girls, rather than MTV stars.  And it is a last bastion of good manners.

Grace ChurchAt Grace Church on Wentworth Street, I happened on a thoroughly English tradition – a Harvest Festival.  Over a dozen congregations from the Low Country participated as designers, singly and in teams, in this four-day floral event.

Grace Church windowGrace Church was built in 1848 in Gothic Revival style and is filled with lovely stained glass.  It has survived earthquakes, hurricanes and The Civil War.

Church bouquetA graceful triangular arrangement in creamy whites stands out in front of the organ pipes.

Cascading from the fontBefore a lovely window, a baptismal font is the container for this lush cascading arrangement of colorful chrysanthemums  and ferns.

Shimmering stained glassIt was hard to photograph this Tiffany-esque window with its shimmering watery colors.  Most of the original stained glass came from a studio in Philadelphia.

Design by Alan BeattyOne of the designs created by the guest speaker, Irish designer Alan Beatty.  Notice the very Dutch still-life looking lemon peeling

Autumn pairA pair of designs in a beautiful color harmony and which studiously avoid covering the memorial tablet.

Floral kneelerApologies for the focus — even the kneelers are graced with flowers crafted in needlepoint.

Column designs with a choirThis trio of designs wraps itself around the column.  In the background, to my great joy, was the full choir rehearsal of an evening concert.  Flowers and glorious music – nothing better!

Pretty in pinkI found the color of this design rather startling for the end of October and the setting but it glows in the light.

Gladiolus and proteaThe reds and yellows of gladiolus and pincushion protea stand out against the large monsterra leaves.

Symmetrical wreathA lush, symmetrical wreath with the bounty and beauty of Autumn.






About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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