National Geographic : 1956 Mar
The southern belle pointed the way... The garden capital of colonial America, Charleston was once described by an early tourist as "a southern belle with flowers in her hair." When you drive there today, you'll find her as excitingly beautiful as ever. Here you can tour through stately ante-bellum homes.. ..visit rich historic sites... and wander through many of the region's loveliest gardens, including Middleton Place, the nation's first landscaped gardens, and Cypress Gardens, where you ride in boats through a floral wonderland. But Charleston today has no monopoly on garden beauty. Wherever you drive from coast to coast you'll find America blooming with many spectacular gardens due, in large part, to the untiring efforts of the nation's garden clubs. One of the largest and most active groups is the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., an association of state federations which works un SINCLAIR SALUTES THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE GARDEN CLUBS for its work in making a more beautiful America flaggingly to promote horticulture, civic beauty and conservation. The need for a garden has been part of the American character from the very beginning. The Pilgrim dames of Plymouth brought flower seeds with them to brighten this wild new land and many an overcrowded covered wagon rumbled west with a few dusty gera niums bobbing on the load. It's a proud banner that the ladies of the garden clubs have inherited from the "southern belle." They carry it exceedingly well. FREE Tour Information . If you would like to visit Charleston, or drive anywhere in the U.S .A., let us help plan your motor trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corporation, 600 Fifth Avenue, New York 20, N. Y .-- also ask for our colorful National Parks Map.