Meet & Garden With Grumpy In Charleston!

May 5, 2016 | By | Comments (9)
Window box

Photo: Hector Sanchez. Design: Debbie Kaminski

You love Grumpy. You love Charleston. What better way to spend a weekend than by meeting and gardening with the Grump in Charleston? Be still your fluttering heart, it’s true! As part of Southern Living‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration, its editors (including me) will descend on the Holy City June 10-12 to host exciting events involving gardening, shopping, entertaining, homes tours, antiquing, and food, food, food! If you’re thinking about dying before then, definitely put that on hold.

Grumpy will be on hand for three events. On Friday morning, June 10, he’ll be taking part in a Gullah tour to pull back the curtains on this fascinating slice of African-American culture. On Friday evening, Grumpy and Southern Living‘s Test Kitchen Director, Robbie Melvin, will host an incredible dinner at Fig, featuring the handiwork of Executive Chef and James Beard Award Winner, Jason Stanhope (signature cocktails will come into play). Then on Saturday morning, June 11, Grumpy and The Windowbox Ladies of Charleston will share the history of Charleston’s iconic windowboxes and reveal tricks of the trade to help you make beautiful ones of your own.


Photo: Hector Sanchez. Design: Kelli Shaw

Who are the Windowbox Ladies? As explained in an excellent article by my protege, Kaylee Hammonds, in the May 2016 issue of Southern Living, they’re a secret sisterhood of designers who create mini-gardens for the fronts of Charleston’s historic homes and give the city an elegant charm no other in the South can match.


Photo: Hector Sanchez. Design: Jen Stringer Obi

Each member of the sisterhood (below) brings a different style to the task and they always help each other when needed.

Windowbox Ladies

Left to right: Jen Stringer Obi, Kelly Megeath, Debbie Kaminski, Tracee Lund, Kelli Shaw. Photo: Hector Sanchez 

CLICK HERE for a complete schedule of all the mind-blowing events and how to purchase tickets (Grumpy gets no cut — as always, he works only for you.) Tell him whether you like his new look.

Grumpy's new look.

Grumpy’s new look.

I started growing the beard on my recent trip to Morocco because the bathroom was lit only by candles and I was afraid to shave lest I remove my nose and lips. I’ll keep the scruff for now, but as always, my faithful readers have the final say.



  1. Top 10 Things We Did in Charleston ~ bluesky kitchen

    […] homeowners ~ tourists get to enjoy them too. I was alerted to the window boxes by an article in the May 2016 Southern Living ~ just in time for our trip; the flowers are planted and maintained by a group of dedicated ladies. […]

    June 6, 2016 at 6:15 am
  2. Barbara Lyles

    Keep the scruff, Grumpy, it adds “character”. ( as tho you need it).

    May 19, 2016 at 11:23 am
  3. See Parker Milsap and the Secret Sisters in Charleston with Southern Living | Southern Living Blog

    […] Charleston June 10-12th for our 50th anniversary celebration with a weekend of exclusive dinners, window box gawking with the Grumpy Gardener himself, and a host of other curated tours from art galleries to historic […]

    May 11, 2016 at 10:01 am
  4. Vickie Thomason

    Like the beard 😉. Has anyone ever reported seeing a male Valley Wood Boring bee in West Tennessee? I saw one two days ago and just identified it!

    May 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm
  5. Linda vater

    The South rises again! At least while Grumps is in town..,

    May 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  6. Brynn

    I say keep the scruff! And have fun in Charleston!

    May 6, 2016 at 6:35 am
  7. Sue

    I say keep the beard.

    May 6, 2016 at 12:30 am
  8. lilyredrose

    Do they keep them watered, too?

    May 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  9. Patsy

    Grumpy, keep the scruff. Adds “texture”. Enjoy your grumpy column.

    May 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

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