Get ready for spring with a garden visit

Allison Nugent-Caruso – Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Cypress Gardens will be hosting the award-winning Breath of Spring Flower Show on Friday through Sunday.
  • Camellia Walk tours are taking place at Middleton Place.
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    Camellia Walk tours are taking place at Middleton Place.

  • A past Taking Flight Comic Book Show.
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    A past Taking Flight Comic Book Show.

It's hard to believe that March is just around the corner; it seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in a new year.

And though the past week or so has been a nice preview of what's to come, based on weather reports we're due for another icy blast of cold weather.

So while it may be hard to believe this weekend, spring really is just around the corner.

Flower show

A favorite stop for visitors and locals alike will be getting an added boost this weekend.

Cypress Gardens, which is known for its cypress-shaded black water swamp and butterfly house, will be hosting the award-winning Breath of Spring Flower Show from Friday through Sunday.

Local garden clubs will compete for horticulture and floral design awards in this "See the USA"-themed show. And the best part is that after touring the Dean Hall building, which will be filled with camellias, daffodils and other spring flowers, attendees will have the chance to tour the grounds of Cypress Gardens and maybe even take a boat ride.

The flower show is free and open to the public after paying the $10 Cypress Garden admission fee. Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, in Goose Creek is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; the flower show will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information on Cypress Gardens, call 553-0515 or go to www.cypresgardens.info.

For more on the show, go to www.facebook.com/springflowershow.

Camellia Walks

Another local and visitor favorite, Middleton Place is holding its Camellia Walk tours, hourlong ventures that take visitors on a guided tour through what is called "America's oldest landscaped gardens."

Featuring more than 3,500 camellias, some more than 220 years old, Middleton Place is said to have some of the first to be planted in an American garden.

The tours begin at 11 a.m. at the Garden Market & Nursery and are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through March 23.

Camellia Walks are free with paid admission to Middleton Place ($25 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for ages 6-13, kids 5 and under free), but reservations are required.

And while the admission price is a bit above what is normally promoted in this column, believe me when I say it's worth it.

For more information on the National Historic Landmark or to reserve a spot on a Camellia Walk, call 556-6020 or go to www.middletonplace.org.

Comic book show

OK, so a comic book show may not appear to have anything to do with gardens and flowers, but bear with me.

The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave., in North Charleston will be playing host to the Taking Flight Comic Book Show on Saturday, put on by Park Circle Comics.

The event will feature thousands of comic books from the "Golden Age" through today. Featured artists scheduled to appear include comic book artists Jesse Mead and Elias Urie. Fine artist James Christopher Hill and jewelry artist Mia Chavi also will be in attendance.

The noon-5 p.m. event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 at the door is encouraged as all donations will benefit the, wait for it, Chicora Community Garden (see what I did there?). Holy City Brewing will donate the money made through the sale of its Overly Friendly IPA during the event to the Chicora Community Garden, which aims to grow fresh vegetables and educate people about sustainable farming and healthy eating.

For more info about the event, call 744-7753 or go to www.facebook.com/ParkCircleComics.