Right after Easter Susan and I got out of town and took a little road trip. A friend of mine had suggested checking out the downtown area of Greenville, South Carolina.
That's exactly what we did. We spent a half a day in Charlotte, North Carolina shopping then made our way to Greenville that evening.
Susan and I fell in love with the downtown Westin-Poinsett Hotel, but after inquiring inside and finding the rate for that evening $185.00 we decided to check elsewhere. Who is "Poinsett"?
We ended up at a great little Bed & Breakfast a few blocks from Main Street downtown.
A charming place in the Pettigru Historical District.
When we drove up I knew we had made the right decision, I could tell she was a gardener just like me.
Since they are further South than we are Lori, the innkeeper, was able to already have her annuals in the ground. I wish I would be there to see the yard once they fill out.
After settling into our room I took the opportunity to stroll the neighborhood. Many of the large historical homes had been converted into Financial and Law Offices.
Across the side street from the Bed & Breakfast I found a very large private club called the Poinsett Club (jackets required) Who is "Poinsett"?
One of my favorite houses in the neighborhood...so inviting.
The next day we hit the downtown area for some exploring. Lots of great shops, galleries, and restaurants.
You could tell by browsing the streets Greenville is a city that loves "the arts".
They are also nature lovers. A wonderful park called Falls Park anchors the downtown area.
We didn't have lots of time to explore so I'd love to go back and do the park...
...it seemed to go on forever.
In Greenville there are avenues, highways, apartments, a bridge, a Hotel, a private club and countless businesses baring the name Poinsett Who is "Poinsett"?
Joel Poinsett was a 19th. Century South Carolina statesmen. He was a political leader world traveler, and a supporter of the arts. He served as Secretary of War from 1837-1841. Mr Poinsett also served as Minister to Mexico.
While in Mexico Poinsett found a brilliant red plant and brought it back to South Carolina. And that's the rest of the story. * I will be linking this post to Fishtail Cottage's Flora Thursday.
My lovely neighbor and gardening guru , Anna is recovering from a bad fall she had a few weeks ago. She is not able to enjoy her garden first hand right now so I decided to take some pictures of her beautiful blooms.
In just a day or two the back side yard will explode in a sea of orange.
These next few pictures are of her collection of Iris.
More are on their way... I can't wait.
She also has pretty pink tulips and fabulous pink azaleas in her front yard.