Historic Formal Garden at McLeod to be Restored

McLeod Plantation grounds
McLeod Plantation grounds

by Kathy Woolsey

Landscape architect Loutrel Briggs (1893–1977) designed hundreds of gardens in Charleston from 1929 to 1959 including a small formal garden at McLeod Plantation.

Members of Riverland Terrace Garden club are attempting to restore the garden at McLeod. Glenna Owens, the project leader, is working closely with Charleston County Parks, the Charleston Historic Foundation and the Loutrel Briggs Estate.

The project began before Christmas with a truck load of Charleston County Compost added to the garden. On Saturday January 14, members and volunteers gathered to plant 12 boxwoods which will anchor the corners of the gardens.

McLeod crew
McLeod crew

Later this spring, heirloom roses, azaleas and annuals will added to the garden.

McLeod Plantation Historic Site, operated by Charleston County Parks, is located near the intersection of Folly and Maybank Highway on James Island.

The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 4 pm. Adult admission is only $10, a bargain compared to other area plantations.

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Kathy Woolsey is a Staff Writer and Photographer for the Bugle and a Commissioner at the James Island Public Service District.