Culture & Cultivation in the gardens at Rose Hill Plantation

May 4, 2014

UNION — Meander through the gardens! Smell the roses! Get your gardening gloves dirty! Join us from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 17 to learn the important role that lawns and gardens played in the history of Southern plantation life.

Our Master Gardeners, Diana and Jim Glaser, will take you through the formal Gist plantation gardens to learn about the ways in which plantation owners showcased their ornamentals. This interactive program will cover the care and cultivation of roses and other historical garden plants and flowers, so bring your garden gloves. Program attendees will receive a plant from the Gist gardens to take home. We will also have 1800s-style lawn games for your playing pleasure. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Contact us by Thursday, May 15, to reserve. Price: $5/person (ages 16 and older). Free with S.C. Park Passport Plus. Phone 864-427-5966. E-mail: rosehill@scprt.com.

About Rose Hill

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.

Normal Hours Of Operation

Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. year round. The mansion home is only accessible by guided tour. Tours are held March-October, daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Winter tours, from November-February are scheduled Thursday- Monday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located at 2677 Sardis Road, 8 miles south of Union, SC. www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill

The South Carolina State Park Service is a program of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SCPRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreational development.