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Tuesday Jan 28

Research Roundtable | Garden Updates for the Robert Mills

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:00 pm

1601 Richland Street

Join Historic Columbia for their monthly Research Roundtable from noon – 1
p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

While the Robert Mills House did not historically have formal gardens, the
current landscape reflects the most probable design elements that would have
been included by a landscape architect hired by the home’s original owner,
Ainsley Hall. This scheme is rooted in the English Landscape designs that
became popular in 18th century in England, which made its way to the United
States and can be seen in the landscapes of estates such as George
Washington’s Mt. Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Inspired by
the insistence of the Founding Fathers of the near exclusive use of native
species in their landscapes, we have developed a Living Collections Policy
for the Robert Mills house that seeks to employ plants native to the Eastern
United States in all roles in the garden. This approach is entirely unique
for the state of South Carolina, as it aims to fit native species into a well
known and loved landscape design, without compromising structure or

Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program. Tickets are
free for members and $5 for non-members.

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