Garden tour showcases Lowcountry homes

All StsGardenThe Lowcountry blooms best in spring, when azaleas, dogwood, roses, irises, wisteria, gardenia and dozens of other plants and trees bust forth in a cascade of color. The best place to see the best blossoms of the season? The All Saints Garden Tour.

The 31th annual tour, to be held on May 19, will feature six gardens in southern Beaufort County — three on Hilton Head Island and three in Bluffton. The gardens are in the following communities:  River Bend, Berkley Hall, Belfair, Spanish Wells, Hilton Head Plantation and Sea Pines.

The event also includes lunch, a boutique, arts and craft vendors, live music and baked goods. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head.

The proceeds from this year’s tour will benefit a variety of Locountry nonprofit groups, including Antioch Education Center in Ridgeland, Backpack Buddies of Bluffton, Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Safe Harbour, and St. Stephen's UMC Outreach Food Bank in Jasper County. Since its inception, the All Saints Garden Tour has donated more than $500,000 to local charities.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at The Greenery, Green Thumb Nursery, Bruno Nursery, Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy and the All Saints Church office on Hilton Head Island; in Bluffton, they are available at Taylor’s Landscape, Sunshine Nursery, Markel’s Card & Gift Shop, and Honey Baked Ham. For more information, call 843-689-9495 or go to