Jun 11 2010

10,000 shades of red and blue: Rosebank Farms 5th Annual Hydrangea Festival

DSC06437Provided by Rosebank Farms

June 12 and 13 celebrates one of the things we love most about the Lowcountry; our annual Hydrangea Festival at Rosebank Farms. During the festival, owners Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett invite everyone to drop by and view these spectacular Southern favorites. Sidi continues to add to his collection of more than 3,000 hydrangea plants, which means that the farm grounds are literally aglow with hues of pink, purple, deep rose, light blue, cobalt blue, lime green, and white hydrangeas at their peak.

From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., visitors may take a leisurely, self-guided tour among the several acres of hydrangea gardens. Sidi and local horticulturists will be available to answer questions and provide advice about care, variety and location. In other words, all the correct information one needs to become a successful hydrangea grower. Sidi is recognized throughout the southeast region as an expert grower and knowledgeable professional. He has been growing and propagating hydrangeas since his boyhood on Johns Island.

From Noon until 1:30 p.m., enjoy lunch at tables set up next to the hydrangea and rose fields. Sidi’s famous whole hog BBQ will be served with all the trimmings. Dishes prepared with Rosebank vegetables (grown for taste, not shelf-life!), will also be served. The cost of the lunch is $12, but the advice and tours are free.

Various cultivars of oakleaf, mophead, lacecap and panniculata will be on display. Over 500 established hydrangeas, new and old standby varieties, will be for sale. In addition to enjoying the culture of hydrangeas, guests will also be able to enjoy the Rosebank Farms rose gardens. The gardens feature more than 300 roses, plus another 80 cutting garden roses from Kordes, all selected for adaptability in the Lowcountry.

Last but not least, the Farm always features artwork created by local artists, and don’t forget the barnyard animals – they never disappoint and are always entertaining!

Rosebank Farm is located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway on Johns Island, just before the Kiawah/Seabrook traffic circle. For further information, call 768-0508 or email@RosebankFarms.com. For directions, log onto www.rosebankfarms.com

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