The Charleston, South Carolina Garden and The Oregon Garden, both designed by Sadie May Stowell, an award-winning garden designer and landscape architect, will take centre stage from 3 – 8 July 2018.
Providing a taste of green inspiration, Brand USA spotlights some of the glorious gardens and horticultural hotspots waiting to be discovered in Charleston, South Carolina and Oregon.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA:
Experience the charm of historic Charleston combined with the contemporary vibes of South Carolina's coastal culture. With its second-to-none restaurant scene, beautiful oceanfront resorts and enduring cultural roots, Charleston is a haven for history buffs and beachgoers. Flickering copper gas carriage lanterns, ornate hand-wrought ironwork and hitching posts used by horse-drawn carriages hint at a bygone era in the welcoming and elegant city.
Today, manicured sub-tropical public parks and glimmers of private gardens turn the city into a botanical wonderland, where the delicate aromas of tea olive trees and Carolina jessamine vines dance amid the soft sea breezes.
Charleston is a wonderful example of intelligent urban planning. The early city was laid out on a grid, which resulted in easy-to-navigate streets that are pedestrian friendly. It's easy to move through the day wandering the pretty paths while discovering culinary delights, beautiful beaches, exquisite shopping and fascinating historical sites.
After exploring the gentle politeness of Charleston, there are several beautifully preserved plantations and gardens just minutes away. As you lose yourself amongst the moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, you can't help but find yourself being transported on a journey back in time. As one of the world's premier vacation destinations, South Carolina offers travellers the full mountains to sea experience. Beautiful mountain trails, championship golf resorts and charming small towns are perfect places to escape in South Carolina.
Must-visit garden attractions in South Carolina include Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Charleston Tea Plantation, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Middleton Place and Brookgreen Gardens.
Inspired by The Charleston, South Carolina Garden, America As You Like It has launchedSouth Carolina Discovery. The package offers 12 nights in South Carolina from £1,295 per person. Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation. For more information or to book, visit americaasyoulikeit.com or call 0208 742 8299.
Oregon is a state of natural wonders. From the authentic beauty that you will find in historic towns and sleepy fishing villages, to the stunning landscape encompassing rugged mountains and scenic wineries. Windswept beaches, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks give way to sweeping rangelands, towering rock formations and dramatic river valleys in this incredibly diverse land. Beyond 363 miles of pristine public beaches, high-desert country, painted hills and wine-producing valleys, Oregon is home to North America's deepest river gorge (Hells Canyon), the country's deepest lake (Crater Lake National Park) and the world's second most-climbed mountain (Mt. Hood).
Whatever your passion, Oregon's natural and scenic variety encompassing coast, mountains, rivers, high desert, plains, forests and valleys lends equally to exhilarating outdoor adventure or tranquil exploration. With more scenic byways and tour routes than any other state, as well as no sales tax, isn't it time you come and experience Oregon's hidden travel gems for yourself? And now it's easier than ever on Delta Air Lines' new direct service from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon.
Must-visit garden attractions in Oregon include Darlingtonia State Natural Site, International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Shore Acres State Park and Oregon Garden.