Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2019

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I ABOVE: Mary Ruth Miller (left) and Heather Barrie (center) of Gathering Events with the hostess. OPPOSITE: Miller designed arrangements for the indoor spaces too. This one contains 'Coral Charm' peonies, ranunculus, godetia, dichelostemma 'Red Princess,' huckleberry, holly fern, and philodendron. By MARGARET ZAINEY ROUX Photography by GAYLE BROOKER IT ALL BEGAN WITH A DOG-EARED PAGE IN A design book. A well-known Charleston hostess had admired the elegant garden party pictured, so she approached event designers Mary Ruth Miller and Heather Barrie of Gathering Events to help her host a party of her own. She didn't necessarily have a special occasion, holiday, or milestone, but she didn't need one. Her gorgeous and meticulously tended garden was cause enough for celebration. Designed in 1947 in the style of renowned American landscape architect Loutrel Briggs, the garden is a hybrid of European and Southern styles. The formal bed lines, lush shape, and balanced plantings of mature camellias, holly ferns, and agapanthus create cocoon-like privacy in the heart of Charleston's historic district. At the center of the garden, a carpet of grass lays the foundation for alfresco fun. For the past 10 years, family and close friends have flocked to the urban oasis to kick off peony season in style. The name Peony Party was coined for the gathering of 60 as a nod to the hostess' passion for the luscious blooms she

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