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Seasoned landscape architects discuss romantic garden design at home
10/21/2014 2:54:34 PM

Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan, award-winning landscape architects, will explore the influence of the romantic-style of gardening when they visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, America’s last large-scale romantic-style garden.

The Dargans, who’ve designed gardens in Charleston and around South Carolina and Georgia, will share tips on how to design a romantic landscape for a home garden. They will lecture at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, in the Magnolia’s Orientation Theatre. The event is free with garden admission.

Prior to the lecture, the Dargans will have copies of their popular landscape design books available for purchase. Many of their books feature private gardens in Charleston.

The Dargans ( are licensed and seasoned landscape architects who’ve traveled extensively to visit romantic gardens in America and abroad. “South Carolina excels in these works of ephemeral art,” Mary Palmer Dargan said, “and Magnolia is the largest and oldest one in America.”

When Magnolia’s executive director Tom Johnson leads tours through the Magnolia’s gardens he reminds visitors that the romantic-style of gardening is a departure from a formal garden. He explains that “unlike most of America’s gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony.”

That harmony creates the inspiration and escape from daily life. “After a hectic day at work, is your garden a refuge to recharge your batteries?” Dargan asks. “A romantic garden provides the perfect canvas for creative thought and inspiration to solace your soul.”

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