Discover the history about the gardens at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion, from their 19th-century beginnings to the present day, from national acclaim to demolition and finally rebirth! Get ready for a broad examination of the changes that the gardens and grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion have gone through in its 200-year history, including exciting developments currently taking place!
This class is in cooperation with the Historic Columbia Foundation. Walk through the historic gardens in downtown Columbia to learn new ways to plan or modify your home landscape and learn about heirloom plants and fruits that are making a comeback in southern gardens and cuisine.
Keith Mearns, Director of Grounds for Historic Columbia Foundation is a horticulturist who researches, designs, and installs period-appropriate gardens. He earned a degree in anthropology with a minor in environmental studies from the University of South Carolina. Before joining Historic Columbia, he worked at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and assisted with digital collections at USC’s herbarium. In 2021 Keith was named the winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2021 Emerging Horticultural Professional Award.