New Gardens are Ever Appearing: Loutrel Briggs and the Charleston Horticultural Tradition

garden-2This spring Special Collections displayed rare materials from the personal collections renowned landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs. The exhibition, New Gardens are Ever Appearing: Loutrel Briggs and the Charleston Horticultural Tradition, featured historic collections from multiple Charleston institutions and colorfully illustrated the Lowcountry’s gardening traditions over the past 250 years. Now you can support the Friends of the Library and Special Collections as we preserve the work and legacy of Charleston’s beloved landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs. “This acquisition has the potential to change and inform our perceptions regarding the history of gardening and cultivation of outdoor landscapes in Charleston,” said Mary Jo Fairchild, Manager of Research Services at the College of Charleston Special Collections. “Additionally, these materials created and collected by Briggs give us insight into his personal and professional experiences and influences. Briggs’ significance as a leader in the 20th century Charleston preservation movement is underscored by photographs, correspondence, and artwork by talented persons his social sphere, including Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, John Bennett, and Floyd Yewell.” We ask you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help us reach our remaining goal by year end. If you are interested in this unique giving opportunity, we invite you to Addlestone Library for a behind the scenes tour of rare materials from the Loutrel Briggs’ personal collection. For more information about the Loutrel Briggs collection and this opportunity, please contact Anahita Modaresi at or 843-953-6526.