The Gardens of Distinction for 2014

Eleanor Fall & Ken Shelton

Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

“House of Palms: An Emergent Garden”

A circular garden welcomes visitors along a stone-lined dry riverbed, anchored by a weeping River Birch. Stepping stones lead back to the pool, views of the marsh, and the lagoon. These serve as a backdrop for the garden tableaux with little surprises tucked in beds of herbs, annuals, and perennials. Plantings reflect the owners’ purpose of gardening: creating natural arrangements, wreaths, nosegays, and other gifts for friends, family and home.



Joan & Howard Ackerman

Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

“Royal Sound Garden”

Follow the tropical garden path from the driveway past the front door to the south side of the home. You will have the sights and sounds of the Port Royal Sound before you. The plantings have been kept simple to not obstruct or distract from the view. There are many varieties of butterflies, shore birds, and hummingbirds attracted to the plantings. The house faces east and the patio is shaded from the afternoon sun. The ocean breezes make it very pleasant to enjoy the setting.



Renee & Mark Woodruff

Windmill Harbor, Hilton Head Island, SC

“Renee’s Wish”

One of the owners always wanted a “cutting” garden and the co-owner has created one. The plantings blend elements of texture, color, and seasonal blooms. The path leads to an arbor and invites the visitor to sit on the bench and enjoy the view.



Corinne & Michael Roe

Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

“A Passion for Vegetables”

This garden was inspired by the formality of the gardens at the Château de Villandry in the Loire Valley. The owners have attempted to develop a small, formal parterre garden planted in vegetables rather than ornamentals. The results are beautiful, but they also find their way to the kitchen.


Mary Ellen & Bill Harkins

Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

“Southern Solace on the Intracoastal”

A Monkey Tree invites the visitor to stroll along a Stone Fern path leading to a medley of visual delights. Meander along the paths and enjoy the blooming Agapanthus, roses, daisies, and asters. The terraced gardens create a world of southern solace on the Intracoastal Waterway.


Joy Macdonald

42 Rookery Way

Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

“Possibilities Aplenty”

Irregular beds and a combination of containers interwoven between the in-ground plantings allow the transformation of any dull corner of the property into an ever-blooming garden no matter the time of the year. The stone terraces grace the front yard interspersed with a variety of plantings.



Annemarie Kinsky

Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Island, SC

“A Colorful Reflection”

Located on a lagoon’s edge, this garden was designed with staggered bloom times for perennials and shrubs. The wide variety of these plants provides year-round color from Yarrow to Calla Lily. Visitors can follow the stone paths  which wind through the garden and find different blooms at every turn.



Hilton Head Island High School

Hilton Head Island, SC

“The Gardens of Hilton Head Island High School”

For more than a decade, local volunteer gardeners assisted by students have conceived, developed, and maintained nearly 20 gardens at this site. Virtually all of the more than 3,000 plants have come as rescues from houses, hotels, nurseries, and gated communities. Visitors will agree that despite the lack of a budget or an irrigation system, the students and volunteer gardeners have done a remarkable job.