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Charleston Garden Festival 

When: Oct. 17-19 2008
Price: $25
www.charlestongardenfestival.org
To fill us in on the upcoming Charleston Garden Festival, organizers sent a pamphlet about the size of a small paperback chock full of schedules of events, demonstrations, lectures, escapes, and more. There’s no way to fit all of the weekend’s events in this small space, but here are some highlights. The weekend’s theme is “metamorphosis”: celebrating the life cycle of the natural world. Middleton Place is the perfect setting for this annual event, because of their dedication to ecologically-friendly gardening practices. Stroll among exhibit gardens created by landscape designers, connected by a 200-foot stream and koi pond. Listen to lectures from Dr. Allan Armitage, “the Indiana Jones of Horticulture”; Jack Philips on “The Soul of an Oak”; and Urvashi Rangan, on “Where Science Meets Sustainability.” Free demonstrations focus on bonsai trees, honeybees, recycling with mushrooms, and more. But don’t start thinking it’s all learning and no play — plant people know how to party. Throughout the weekend there are a number of dinners and wine tastings, as well as a food and wine market available all day. And for the kids, activities include Dr. Seuss World and the Barnyard Olympics. Alright, that’s all we’ve got space for here. Check the website for the full schedule of events. —Erica Jackson

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