The wanton demolition of the world’s rainforests painfully demonstrates that it doesn’t take much for someone to remove a tree, which is why Palmetto Tree Service’s founder, ISA-certified arborist Robert Thompson, seeks to bring environmental responsibility to his services. Though he and his team do everything they can to preserve our bark-covered friends—including pruning for health and fertilization—sometimes removal is unavoidable because of irreparable damage or disease. In those cases, Palmetto donates $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation for each tree it removes while providing staffers to extend their arms as a place for weary birds to rest. Palmetto Tree Service also lends its services to clearing the damage caused by hurricanes, the most recent of which have been Charlie, Ivan, Wilma, Katrina, Ike, and Irene. Its respect for all things green is also the driving force behind its use of AlturnaMats, which protect lawns when heavy equipment is needed to complete a job.
Love Christmas Lights was created to connect homeowners with professionals skilled at installing seasonal outdoor décor. The Charleston branch provides a warranty on installation, climate-controlled storage for supplies, and designs custom installations tailored to each patrons' wishes and budget.
Charleston Flower Market’s team of florists and consultants channels more than 15 years of experience to craft personalized arrangements. Whether customers seek extravagant blooms for a lavish wedding or a simple I’m-sorry-I-forgot-your-name bouquet for a second date, flower experts provide clients with the same level of personalized attention needed to produce the perfect assembly of foliage.
A National Historic Landmark since 1972, the former plantation at Middleton Place boasts one of America's oldest landscaped gardens, designed with mathematical precision by sentient colonial protractors, as well as living history re-creations and a house museum. Buzz between formal rows of bee-tempting blooms laid out in 1741, or act out Swamp Thing scenarios at Cypress Lake, a romantic later addition to the grounds, as you inspect the acclaimed 65-acre garden. Stop by the plantation’s stable yards, where costumed artisans re-create crafts once performed by slaves. Complimentary tours of both the gardens and stable yards are available, and tours of the house museum, crammed with porcelain and Middleton-family heirlooms, are available for an extra fee.
The ninth generation to cultivate the 300-acre farm, Helen Legare Floyd, Linda Legare Berry, and Thomas S. Legare continue the agricultural legacy started by their ancestor Solomon Legare in 1725. The kin raise hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus and hereford cattle, hormone-free chickens, and fine-heritage pigs such as yorkshire and hampshire. Concerning the plant kingdom, their fields yield chemical- and pesticide-free vegetables. They round out their output with homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas, making their food available through a co-op program, whose proceeds help fund seed, fertilizer, and water for the next season. Beef, pork, and eggs are also offered for sale.
Food aside, the family shares its farm's resources by inviting visitors onto the grounds for numerous events throughout the year. A fall festival in October includes a 10-acre hedge maze, horse rides, and a scarecrow factory where guests can create a scarecrow. The farm hosts historical reenactments of the Battle of Charleston in March, three-hour hayride and bonfire excursions in November through March, and educational programs for youngsters including chick rentals for the classroom. Other agritourism offerings include summer camp, bonfires, birthday parties, and field trips.