Purple wisteria, Southern Magnolia, dogwood and azaleas in every shade...when spring rolls around in Summerville, it bursts onto the scene with a bold display of color. When visiting this charming South Carolina town – located just 24 miles from Charleston – in springtime, prepare to spend most of your time outdoors.Azalea Park — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Take a stroll through aptly named Azalea Park to see Summerville's most famous resident flora in bloom, or admire the landscaped gardens of Middleton Place, where centuries old perennials paint the landscape of America's oldest landscaped gardens each year. Middleton Place isn't the only Summerville house with a visit-worthy garden. Many of the town's residents take pride in their own floral displays, and you can see them on a walking tour of Summerville's historic homes. Summerville's Flowertown Festival attracts thousands of people each spring. — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Early in April, Summerville hosts the YMCA Flowertown Festival, the highlight of the spring season. This celebration of flowers is also the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeast, and thousands of visitors attend each year. More than 200 jury-selected artists from around the country display and sell their work at this free annual event.