We’ve always appreciated nature but have never really tried our hand at harvesting the land. But now that the Charleston Horticultural Society is offering classes and workshops from Aug. 19-28 that make us want to dip our toes in the agricultural world.

There’ll be classes on everything from indigo dyeing to mastering floral designs. Classes are $12 for members of the Charleston Horticultural Society, and all non-members pay $16. But two of the classes are a little fancier and cost more. The Floral Design class with floral artist Clara Gonzales teaches about using buds such as hydrangeas and cabbage rosettes to make designs. The class is $80 for both CHS members and non-members and allows for those who attend the class to bring their design home, while the History of Indigo and Fabric Dyeing with batik indigo artist Arianne King Comer is only $20 for CHS members as well as non-members. It’ll will teach workshop-goers about the history of indigo in the Lowcountry before dyeing and designing an indigo fabric creation.

But the regular classes that have a set price are just as fun as the fancier classes. One class even has cocktails to mix it up — mixologist John Aquino will make cocktails that are inspired from Lowcountry horticulture as well as teach how to make them. Sounds like the perfect class for us.

Check out the class list and make a reservation here. And as an added incentive, non-members who attend two classes will receive a free six-month membership to the society.  

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