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Magnificent gardens
While South Carolina's gardens are beautiful year round, Mother Nature really puts on a show in the spring. Stroll through some of the state’s stunning gardens, decked in petals of all shapes, sizes and colors. From the Blue Ridge to the Lowcountry, you'll find awe-inspiring gardens like SC Botanical Gardens in Clemson or Middleton Place in Charleston. Wherever your journey leads, you'll adore the riot of color.

Blooming art festival
An exciting art festival is blooming in Lake City! ArtFields is the largest arts event of its kind in the Southeast. The 10-day festival, April 19-28, will feature workshops, lectures, public art, live music, dancing, and delicious Southern food. Visit now to see the works of artists from the Southeast displayed in Lake City businesses and vote for your favorite. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $100,000!

Fragrant celebrations
When flowers bloom in the spring, South Carolina celebrates with festivals. The first weekend in April, Denmark throws a party on Main Street for the Dogwood Festival. Roses are the center of attention in May at Lancaster's Red Rose Festival and the Orangeburg Festival of Roses. Visit Sumter the last weekend in May for the Iris Festival. Plant your feet in South Carolina for the fun!

Family Fun
Six state parks, a turkey museum, festivals, a goat farm and more provide family fun in SC's Old 96 District!

Cooking Classes
Whip up a few dishes during Abingdon Manor's cooking classes. Invite friends, spend the weekend, and learn to cook some of the Inn's recipes.

Garden Tour Itinerary
With so many beautiful gardens to see in South Carolina, which ones should you visit? All of them! But here's a sample itinerary to help.

Heritage Tickets
Tickets to the RBC Heritage are on sale now. Get your plaid on, April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, SC. Learn more.

James Beard Semifinalists
Four Charleston chefs and two Charleston restaurants are semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards. For the list, click here.
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