Spring has sprung! Let the sunshine in! Or better yet, let’s meander out into the sunshine and the garden at the President’s House at the University of South Carolina and savor the flavor of heritage tomatoes in a signature dish served up by McCutcheon House Chef Joel Reynolds.
It’s time for McKissick Museum’s fifth annual garden party, which is set for 4-6pm, Apr. 29, 2012, in the garden behind the residence on the Horseshoe in Columbia, SC.
USC horticulturist Charlie Ryan will discuss combinations of edible flora in the gardens behind the President’s House and demonstrate how he and USC first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides are creating a working garden.
“At USC, Patricia Moore-Pastides has emerged as a champion of citizens taking more responsibility for growing their own food and eating locally grown, organic foods,” McKissick Museum executive director Jane Przybysz said. “The President’s House garden has evolved to reflect her passionate commitment to integrating edible plants into what previously had been an ornamental garden.”
And a working garden also can be a work of art. If you’re interested in transforming your garden into a showplace or enhancing it with one-of-a-kind metalwork created by blacksmiths from the Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild of South Carolina, pieces will be on display and for sale.
Following the party, USC naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke will lead a tour highlighting the Horseshoe’s flora and fauna.
Tickets are $35 for McKissick Museum members and $50 for nonmembers, and can be purchased in advance by calling 803/777-7251.
For information, contact Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876, or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).