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121 Kettering Cour t Greenville $832,500 This sophisticated “ in town” residence in Kellett Park, offers the ultimate in an open and bright floor plan with its spacious master bedroom on the main and it has its own dressing room, spacious bath, limestone fireplace, and views of pond. The gourmet kitchen is often sought by hosts and guests alike with its soaring two story ceilings and skylights. Alfresco dining under as established arbor and adjoining water fountain are enchanting at twilight. The large living room and dining room are separated by a shared fireplace, creating a fabulous open room for relaxing or entertaining. Exceptional value at $832,500

101 Rockingham Greenville $929,500 On almost an acre of private grounds, this handsome two story home is located in sought after “in town” location, and has been renovated and updated, creating fabulous space for families and friends to enjoy! The double curved stairway leads to the main floor level and opens onto a spacious foyer which is indicative of the open floor plan. A lovely and gracious living room, dining room and den can be accessed from this foyer. The very large, bright kitchen and breakfast room have been totally renovated in 2011 and the result it a room where everyone enjoys cooking and gathering. The master suite was an addition, resulting in a spacious room with private, bright space; his and her walk-in closets; large master bath. An additional full bath is on the main floor and opens onto a handsome office with stained bookshelves. The room was a bedroom at one time, and could be converted back to a 5th bedroom. Renovation of the lower level was completed in 2011 when the current owners “took this level back to the studs.” The result is a warm, inviting, open lower level that is perfect for kids of all ages! Each of the new 3 bedrooms have private baths with granite countertops, new plumbing fixtures. The backyard has wonderful privacy, its own basketball court, and lots of green space. Two car attached garage features built in storage. Truly an exceptional property and wonderful family home.


110 Huckleber r y Ridge Greenville $2,495,500 “International by design, this superb ten acre mountaintop estate offers an unobstructed 270 degree view of the valley below. This magnificent residence is a peaceful place surrounded by waterfalls, koi ponds and gardens that are stunning throughout the year. The home has over 7000 square feet, 5 bedrooms and six baths, all with a magnificent indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a hot tub . The entire house takes advantage of the breathtaking view including all of the bedrooms, the living room, dining room, library, and the kitchen. The dining room and living room share a stunning open fireplace. A detached studio features a soaring ceiling and fireplace and could be used as an office or separate guest quarters. This exceptional residence is definitely a rare opportunity to own such an incredible private property with unobstructed view all within minutes of downtown Greenville!

303 Crescent Greenville $1,595,000 UNDER CONTRACT In the heart of Alta Vista, this distinctive Willie Ward home has been restored and expanded, resulting in a true oasis for enjoying family and friends. Exceptional privacy is insured by the manicured grounds, wrought iron fence and gates. The updated heated salt water pool and inviting rock patio feature outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and water fountains. The character of the interior is defined by its handsome style and portions. A gracious foyer leads to both the dining room and to the living room. The dining room with its designer upholstered walls, wine cooler, and fireplace invites you to linger. Running the width of the home, the living room provides a central place to relax and entertain. The den is just off the living room with views of the pool below. An office completes the main level. The home has four bedrooms and four and a half baths. The entire second floor is devoted to a fabulous master bedroom suite, bath, dressing room and private balcony terrace. Totally renovated kitchen with Viking appliances, tiger eye cabinets, Subzero refrigerator draws, island, granite countertops and fireplace. Besides the 7 fireplaces, and charming two bedrooms on the third floor, bedroom and bath on the lower level, there is a new garage and a new brick terrace overlooking the pool and fountains. Exceptional property. Exceptional location.

103 Morningdale Greenville $495,500 UNDER CONTRACT Graced by stately oaks on a quiet street just off North Main and within walking/biking of Downtown, this immaculate 4 bedroom, 3 bath brick home is in move-in condition. With its high ceilings, heavy moldings, and gleaming hardwood floors, the charm of the home is evident as soon as you enter the front foyer. Because of the home’s orientation, and wealth of windows, the home is always light and bright. With 2 bedrooms plus a nursery/office and 2 baths downstairs, and 2 bedrooms, bath, and playroom upstairs, the floor plan offers lots of flexibility. A den or Florida room is off the living room as well. The centrally located dining room ensures excellent flow for entertaining. A private brick patio provides excellent outdoor space. This home is a superb value in “sought after” North Main.


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Contents

Feature Homes 46 Long-Awaited

Lake Living 68 Rooms With a View 90 The Evolution of Traditional Style

Departments 12

Notes From Home

113

Wine & Dining

19

Ideas in Bloom

124

Building Character

27

Book Shelf

129

Labor of Love

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Arts & Antiques

139

Garden to Table

107

The Bountiful Table

The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements Catesby and The Bird Boys

Simply Unique

In the Kitchen with‌Chef Adrian Carpenter The Great Southern Porch Returns Picture Perfect

Tea: The Great Escape

Out of the Ordinary

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COVER PHOTO from Ideas In Bloom, p.19. Photo by Getz Creative Photography. CONTENTS PAGE PHOTO from Long-Awaited Lake Living, p.52. Photo by Rebecca Lehde


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NotesFromHome “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” ~ Robert Bridges

Ah, the summer garden! What a pleasure it is to look out the window and see colorful images of blooming plants and verdant shrubs. Nature at its best. For the last several summers, I’ve been running to the nursery in May to purchase a Passion Flower Vine (also known as the Maypop) to plant in a container, place next to a shrub near our backdoor and then let it climb over that shrub; every year, I marvel at its uniqueness. That’s this summer’s vine shown in the photo. I can’t wait for it to start its journey across the shrub and provide us with beautiful blooms for the next few months. Natural elements are a running theme throughout this issue. Two of our featured homes are perched on Lake Keowee with nature in abundance outside their doors. One of them has used lots of what nature has to offer inside and out as well. The third home is alight with pops of lovely color in its newly revived interior. The focus of Arts & Antiques involves a botanist who traveled – sometimes at great peril – throughout the Southeast in the 1700s to capture its natural magnificence. Read about Mark Catesby and be impressed with his talents. Garden To Table provides you with a history of tea’s origins and its acceptance in multiple cultures through history. You’ll then be introduced to methods for growing and brewing your own herbal, fruit and floral teas. What could be lovelier than a table display at your summer gathering that utilizes nature’s bounty? We have an excellent example of what can be accomplished in the Ideas In Bloom feature. There’s an outdoor wedding in Labor of Love, several very tasty recipes involving both land and sea in Wine & Dining and so much more to discover. Don’t miss a thing! Have a spectacular season of warm, sunny Upstate enjoyment.

Lynn Greenlaw, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Frank Ogletree, of The Embassy Flowers and Nature’s Gifts, embodies his work with the elements of the name of his business. He prefers to use what nature has to offer to create visually stunning displays for any number of occasions.

For this particular piece, Frank started with a basic yellow and green color scheme. Then, spotting the thistles that Mother Nature offered up from the fields surrounding his house, he added the perfect third color to the equation. That was it! No need to look further. Thanks, Frank -- you make it look so easy! SUMME R 2015

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The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements: A Practical Compendium of Inspired Designs Written by Michael and Rose Bartlett Review by Jackie Willey

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recently had the opportunity to tour six gardens in the annual Greenville Council of Garden Clubs event (if you haven’t taken the tour I highly recommend it!). The tour is in mid-April, prior to the summer profusion of blooms in many gardens. This made the hardscape and design of the gardens much more important and obvious. After the tour, I was delighted to come across the Bartlett Book of Garden Elements on Fiction Addiction’s shelves as an inspiration for improving my own garden. Garden design can be expensive, daunting and quite a bit of hard work. All good reasons to purchase the Bartlett Book of Garden Elements prior to any new design, or to add elements to your current design. I predict this book will become a well-worn addition to your favorite garden books. The book is reminiscent of a coffee table gardening book in that it includes photos from all over the world: from Charleston to Japan and New Zealand, not to mention the Gardens at Giverny. The book captures the Bartlett’s thirty years of travel to gardens and is broad and well organized. An armchair garden tourist will delight in the sites available to visit in this book. The creation of the book was clearly a labor of love for the couple. Since the layout of the book is by garden feature it is very easy to select an area of focus and then use the photos and descriptions to make your interpretation as grand or as simple as you desire. The photos have a broad span from elaborate gazebos to simple garden benches and planters. The descriptions of the various garden elements take into consideration

your area and climate to facilitate the most durable and hardy designs. As we move into the season for enjoying the outdoors the Bartlett Book of Garden Elements will be a wonderful addition to your library or a great gift for your favorite gardener. ah

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ark Catesby, the 18th century English naturalist and artist has languished in obscurity having been displaced, in particular, by John James Audubon whose work continues to be held in the highest esteem and is now valued in the millions of dollars. Current awareness of Mark Catesby now includes the fact that it was Catesby who created the concept of publishing what we now think of as a “coffee table” book. Recently a number of scholarly books have been published highlighting various aspects of Catesby’s body of work. In 1996 an edition was published in England containing selected reproductions

of the original Catesby watercolors. Long thought lost, these 200 plus original watercolors were found safely preserved and untouched for over one hundred years in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, a fortunate 1768 purchase by King George lll. It was not until 2012 that South Carolina woke up to the fact the inventor of fine large format full color naturalist books had based his entire life’s work on items he collected in South Carolina over 250 years ago. The University of Georgia Press held a series of scholarly meetings which led to the publication this year of “The Curious Mr. Catesby”. SUMME R 2015

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Arts&Antiques Meanwhile in 2013 a Greenville-based group of individuals calling themselves the “ Bird Boys “ had decided that Catesby and his groundbreaking work should receive wider circulation. Luckily a valuable and original copy of the large leather bound two-volume set of Catesby’s third edition of “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands” was located in a Greenville collection. The Bird Boys approached the South Carolina Historical Society proposing a not-for-profit project to launch the “Carolina Collection” of carefully selected full format Mark Catesby reproductions. Offering these reproductions provides the SCHS with a source of funds while at the same time presenting collectors and historians here in South Carolina an opportunity to acquire for personal enjoyment carefully selected full color reproductions of Mark Catesby’s native South Carolina birds. Catesby was a self taught naturalist and engraver. The initial recognition of the value of his work was by the Scientific and Horticultural societies in Great Britain and Continental Europe. The early eighteenth century in Europe was a time of great curiosity stimulated by the discoveries of new things both at home and as result of worldwide trade. This period of enlightenment led to questioning established beliefs in all sectors of human activity, not the least of which was challenging of the established social orders. New democratic ideas eventually led to the collapse of the old order in much of Europe and formed the basis of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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Now nearly three centuries later we can only marvel at Catesby’s pioneering work in South Carolina, carried out under such arduous and primitive conditions while holding to such a high scientific standard. Extremes of weather, lack of infrastructure, political uncertainty, piracy, colonial unrest and Native American incursions all seemed to conspire against Catesby while he completed his work. And then, upon his return to London, after four years in South Carolina, Catesby began his monumental effort. Upon discovering that he could not afford Dutch engravers, Catesby transferred each of his images from his watercolor originals to copper plates, requiring him to master copper plate engraving. He selected 220 of his watercolors and by hand, and on his own, he carefully etched 220 copper plates. Now think about this…. one man with 220 carefully and personally etched copper plates, perhaps 16” by 20” each, on one table and sheets of plain paper on another table. Now to produce his first book. Each sheet of paper had to be secured to the copper plates for inking and pressing. This had to be done for each page of each book using 220 separate plates. When Catesby had finished with the transfer of his inked image to all of the paper necessary to construct each of the

promised 150 two volume sets, his work had just begun. Now each inked sheet of paper had to be individually hand water colored… all 33,000 sheets! This hand painting took Mark Catesby 18 years and most of his remaining health, as he died within two years of publication. While Catesby’s work commenced as serious cutting-edge science (as known at the time) it has over time morphed into Fine Art. This self taught engraver, watercolorist and naturalist produced highly accurate works of exquisite simplicity seeking to portray what he observed with no unnecessary embellishments, no emotional engagement, but most certainly works of Art. Catesby’s original watercolors are unobtainable, locked up for safe keeping in Windsor Castle. His original copper plates were destroyed by his descendants for scrap value. Other than intact two volume sets the only original individual images currently available to collectors are single pages cut out from one or more of the original leather bound volumes. Only about half of the original 150 two-volume sets still exist today, mostly in the hands of museums and serious collectors. Intact first edition two volume sets of Mark Catesby’s “ The Natural History of Carolina, Florida

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nature of the watercolor pigments, time has degraded all of the images in the intact volumes.

At the time when Catesby completed his project paper and ink technology were still using age-old traditional ingredients and methods. Papermaking was still based on the Chinese wire method and paper coating (to retain the watercolor) was mostly animal based. Pigments for painting were not as lightfast as today’s artist’s supplies.

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LAKE LIVING Written by Allison Walsh

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ome friends just have a knack for gift giving. Belinda Biediger is lucky enough to have such a friend, who for years has bestowed upon her items intended for the lake house she would one day build, even before Belinda and husband George had decided to build one. “I think we always knew we would eventually have our own place,” says Belinda. “We always dreamed about it.” One can only hope this friend is a regular on the guest list now that the “Future Lake House” is a present-day jewel set along the shore of Lake Keowee, because the fruits of her visionary gift-giving are remarkable. Actually, to hear proud husband George tell it, Belinda is the true visionary behind the couple’s charming Cliffs at Keowee getaway, having had a clear vision of the home’s overall style, how the space would be laid out, and the materials to be used. She and residential designer Mitch Lehde worked closely together for a full year to come up with the final design. “In the early days of the design, every day [Belinda] was drawing and changing it. Mitch would come by and we’d lay out in a lot of detail exactly what she was thinking, and he’d go back to the office and come back a week later with all that drawn out, and that was a week out of date because every night she was making changes,” George remembers fondly. “He was about to throw us overboard.”

“But I think he’s glad now that he didn’t,” Belinda says with a smile, noting that the final product, built by David Gully of Central Signature Homes, was a 2013 South Carolina Home Builders Association Pinnacle Award winner. It took another two years to build the home; reclaimed wood is the most commonly used material inside and out, and roadblocks in sourcing just the right pieces at times had the project stalled for months. “I wanted the look of an old mountain house that had been here a long time,” Belinda says. The home not only achieves this aesthetic, it is built from the very trees that once stood in its stead. The pine trees that were taken down to clear the lot were sent to a small country sawmill and cut into siding for the home’s exterior. The siding flanking the front door is bark peeled from a split poplar log. The posts supporting the overhang on the front porch and the roof of the covered deck around back are locust trees, with half the tree supporting the upstairs roof and the continuation of the same tree bearing the load on the lower part of the deck. The original plan for this feature was to use hickory trees harvested from Belinda’s family land in Simpsonville, but that was not to be. After cutting, hauling, treating and storing away 46 trees for the winter, George pulled back the cover the following spring to find them completely eaten by hickory bores. “They made good firewood,” George says.

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A massive beam bisecting the living and dining areas was taken from the old Greenville Women’s College that later merged with Furman University, and had been recycled from another structure prior to that. The beam’s generous size allowed for a portion of it to be cut off for use as the mantel over the stone fireplace. Light fixtures with a story to tell are a hallmark of the home. The one in the foyer once lit the way to a European opium den, as indicated by the dragon affixed to it - a symbol Belinda chose to remove lest it attract any unwanted house guests. The chandeliers in the living and dining areas are Belinda’s own design, fashioned from rings she found at an old sawmill. She took the rings and her sketches to a welding shop in Dacusville and had them hammer and forge her vision into reality.

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The nook just above the powder room in the foyer was originally conceived to make use of what would have been a blank space, but Belinda has plans to outfit it with pallets and built-ins to store books and games for the young visitors (read: grandchildren) she hopes to be entertaining in the not too distant future. Belinda also designed the cabinets and the draft hood in the kitchen, built from more of that same old wood, and is currently working on plans for a bar that will be built downstairs using leftover beams.

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The master bedroom has a vaulted, cross-beamed ceiling and a mixture of comfortable, classic furnishings. A vaulted ceiling with an iron chandelier also highlights the master bath. Dual sinks, dark wood cabinetry, matching mirrors and an oriental rug make the room rustic, yet elegant. The lower level is currently home to three cozy guest rooms and a living area that will house the bar once it’s completed.

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George can take credit for a good bit of the home’s rustic charm, as well, having built several of the tables, benches and stools being put to good use whenever the couple is able to sneak away from their everyday life in Greenville. When they are not enjoying the dazzling view from the deck, you’ll find George and Belinda taking full advantage of the playground at their disposal, whether cruising in or being pulled behind their beloved classic boat, the Hazel B. ah

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Some people are beach fans. Some must have mountains. But Tracey and Ed Santulli are most definitely lake lovers.

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heir charming lakeside home, a creative combination of styles they call “Old World English Tudor with touches of Arts and Crafts Cottage,” was lovingly created by architect Brad Wright of Wright Design and builder Will Hines of KDI (Keeoco Development Inc.) Builders. Tracey and Ed’s meticulous input on how exactly to make it work for their family made the project an absolute dream. “Ed and I have always known we wanted to live on a lake and we began our search when our kids were in high school, exploring several lakes from Virginia to Georgia. We lived in a golf community when we were in Johannesburg, South Africa and loved it,” says Tracey. “When we saw the Reserve at Keowee in 2011 which featured a lake and a golf course, we immediately purchased a lot, figuring we’d hang onto it and build in the future when we were ready to retire,” adds Ed. But things don’t always work out as planned. After they signed the deal, Ed suddenly got transferred to Dubai, so they decided to work on the plans from there. Through emails, conference calls, and sending photos with detailed notes back and forth, they spent a year and a half on the design process while living overseas. According to architect Brad Wright, “Dubai is eight hours ahead of Greenville, so I would receive Tracey’s emails late morning, which were sent at the end of her work day. It’s not unusual for us to work remotely with clients, although they were definitely the farthest away. The eclectic European design we ended up with has sweeping roof lines and natural materials influenced by English Arts and Crafts architecture, Medieval European details like the octagonal stair turret which provides circulation through all three levels of the home, and an arched loggia on the lake side of the house which reflects more of a Tuscan influence.”

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The Santulli’s decided to sell their home in Connecticut while still in Dubai and forgo any more foreign assignments, then returned to the U.S. and settled in Atlanta. The couple spent eight months building “a place that the kids and our extended families could enjoy – the lake lifestyle has always been a cornerstone of my growing up,” says Tracey. Every room in the house has been designed to take maximum advantage of the magnificent lake views in several directions. With abundant natural light it eliminates the need for any window treatments. The 4,800 square foot home has four bedrooms and five and a half baths, and is as relaxing and as serene as the environment outside and a welcome respite from the business travel that the busy couple still must do for their respective careers – they both work in information technology. The home is constructed of North Carolina Doggett Mountain stone. Upon entering, one steps into the Great Room, designed for a totally unobstructed vista of the lake. It features soaring 20-foot tall cross-beamed ceilings and a huge antique inspired circular iron chandelier. The stone fireplace shows off a Douglas Fir mantle reclaimed from a barn circa 1800. Beautifully arched windows, soft cream textured plaster walls and rich oak floors add warmth along with two weathered brown leather couches, which were purchased when they lived in Johannesburg. African baskets, sculptures and colorful souvenirs along with American antiques inherited from their mothers and grandmothers add uniqueness to the décor. A stunning custom designed wrought iron and oak staircase, which had to be assembled on site, curves up the stair tower. The tower and staircase are accented by a custom made three-story chandelier.

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The enormous contemporary kitchen is light and airy and filled with windows to the front and back of the home. Done in a symphony of grey and white tones, glazed kitchen cabinets, leathered granite countertops, even the zinc and stainless steel striated hood all work effortlessly together to provide a space for the family to gather. Industrial lamp fixtures over the island and textural rattan bar stools complement the sleek design. The dining room also features dark beams and a rustic chandelier along with a carved pine cabinet holding Tracey’s collection of antique Flow Blue china.

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Directly behind the Great Room is an open-air terrace, a comfortable spot for the couple to relax with an early morning coffee. Installed on the wooden ceiling are three authentic Moroccan tin lanterns that Tracey packed in her suitcase, as the two containers they were allowed to ship home from overseas were full. Adjacent to the kitchen is “what we call the summer kitchen, an indoor/outdoor entertaining spot with our grill, bar table and bar stools and a television,� says Tracey.

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A home office and the master bedroom are on the main floor. The master is painted in a cool, calming greyish blue shade and is home to an additional stone fireplace along with amazing views. The large master bath has two vanities, pale blue walls and deep grey cabinetry, a limestone floor and shower stall, a unique bump-out tub feature, and of course, abundant windows.

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Under a covered walkway and up a flight of stairs, adjoining the house is what’s known as “the bunkroom.” “We designed this home for people to visit and hopefully to enjoy with grandchildren,” says Tracey. The ship-shape room has whitewashed bead-board paneling with two built-in pullout trundle beds and two built-in beds that have storage drawers underneath. The bunkroom can sleep six people and even has its own mini-fridge, television and coffee pot, plus a full bathroom. Under the bunkroom is the garage, which houses Ed’s huge ATV. Views to the lake are present in the two upstairs bedrooms in the main house which the Santulli children use when they visit. Their daughter Nicole has done hers in soft cream and green, accented with a rustic barn door for her bathroom. Son Ian chose rich navy and camel with wicker accents.

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In addition to golf, the family enjoys waterskiing, so in the walkout basement they built a wood paneled sport room. It’s the perfect place for wetsuits and water skis, complete with a shower and laundry facilities. A few steps from the house a fire pit is being built, so they’ll be able to spend tranquil evenings watching the geese and herons that gather on the water. One feels these global citizens have definitely realized there’s no place like home. ah

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hen it was time to update this sprawling Georgian-style home in Easley, interior designer Cynthia Masters didn’t have to get to know the homeowners -- she had already known them for 20 years. “I was at her kids’ weddings,” she says. “I know them well.” Masters, president of Panageries in Greenville, had originally worked with the family when the N. Jackson Thacker & Associates-designed home was built in 1995. A refresh 20 years later created the perfect opportunity to explore how traditional style can easily be updated with a fresh look and how, in the right hands, traditional never means boring. “I like the phrase ‘new traditional,’” Masters says. “Taking traditional and freshening it up. It’s not stodgy. It’s not your grandma’s traditional!” For the past couple of years, Masters has worked with the homeowners -- now empty-nesters with three grown children -- to revamp the main living area of the home. The four bedrooms upstairs have received some updates in anticipation of visits from future grandchildren (the first is on the way). The massive front door -- flanked by sidelights -- and an overdoor of German glass are typical of Thacker’s classical design and offer a hint at the home’s traditional style. “The house is well-built and well-designed, with great bones,” Masters says. “It’s easy to make cosmetic updates. It has great light.” SUMME R 2015

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In the dining room, Masters was able to keep the homeowners’ table, chairs, French armoire and oushak rug. “All of the major pieces are timeless, so we didn’t have to change those at all,” Masters explains. “We just changed what goes around it.” So while the last iteration of the dining room had Chinese red walls, red and gold chairs and ornate draperies, the update features soft colors, simple panels and houndstooth fabric on the chairs. “They wanted to keep it light, fresh and airy,” Masters says.

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The living room continues the airy feel, with soft blues and greens accented with sparkle from mercury glass. The painting over the mantel is by local artist Marquin Campbell. Masters asked her to create the feel of looking out of a window in a 1970s Southern town on a rainy day. “She’s wonderful at interpreting what we wanted,” Masters says. The facing wall features another local artist, Joseph Bradley, who created three tall, abstract works that the homeowner says represent her children in a subtle way.

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The solid pine bed and French armoire still anchor the master suite, so Masters simply added new bedding and new upholstery for the bench, chair and ottoman. She added a bit of modernity with new metallic bedside tables and a screen. “They are a little more funky, not quite as traditional,� she says. The master bathroom still had quality features from 1995, including cabinets, plumbing and tile. The update simply required new faucets and hardware for the cabinets and updated floral wallpaper.

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The kitchen is the most dramatically updated room. Formerly a darker blue with pickled, honey-colored cabinets, fluorescent lighting and jewel-toned accents, the room is now light and bright, with ivory cabinets, a watery green island and collections of blue and white plates. The large, round pendants bring together bronze and brass and nod to the “bubble� chandelier in the dining room. The golden oak floor, kitchen table and dark granite countertops remain unchanged.

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A popular hangout spot, the sunroom has large windows and a skylight, and only needed fresh upholstery and pillows to create a neutral background for updated accessories such as botanicals on the walls, a new porcelain garden seat in watery blue, and a cheetah-print ottoman that worked with the old room and still works with the new. While Masters and the homeowners still have a few plans for the home’s outdoor areas and the basement, which is morphing into a television room and rec room, she and the homeowners agree that following a few key rules will allow them to keep a fresh, traditional look for years to come. “It’s been fun to go through each iteration with them,” Masters says. “Williamsburg pinks and blues in the 80s, the jewel tones and English Country of the 90s and now this, which is light and bright and timeless. And by using traditional key pieces, she can easily pull in transitional or contemporary pieces on down the line.”

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TOP TIPS FOR UPDATING TRADITIONAL

Cynthia Masters has created interiors of every style, but is known for her fresh take on traditional, as seen here. “I love traditional design because it’s so timeless,” she said. “What’s contemporary today isn’t going to be contemporary tomorrow.” She offers a few tips on updating your home with ideas that never go out of style. Buy once and buy well. Masters says investing in quality major pieces pays off in the long run. These can be updated with more inexpensive pillows, fabrics and accents. I like to mix my metals. The rules have changed, she said, and she often brings together gold, bronze and silver to create the perfect mix. I don’t leave a ceiling untouched. Use the ceiling as your fifth wall, using color or even wallpaper to add contrast and interest. If you’ve got a collection, put it all in one spot - it makes more of an impact. And don’t worry about keeping fine things separate from inexpensive things. “One will elevate the others.” Sometimes you find a great piece of art and work around it, but other times, you need art that will finish the room. Cynthia often enlists local artists to create pieces based on the size, color scheme and mood she is looking for. Colors need to flow, but you don’t need to be matchy-matchy. Have three to five colors that you trade off and mix from room to room, so every room isn’t the same, but the home is cohesive. Beware eclectic. Sometimes that means hodgepodge. Eclectic is fine if it’s a mix of styles and well thought-out. Understand the rules of interior design. You are taught the rules for a reason. Then learn where you can break them. SUMMER 2015

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Then take a look at the unconventional approach from the folks at Green Hill Landscaping. Owner Joe Zawistowski grew up with a father who owned a cranberry farm and a landscaping business. You could say he was born with a green thumb. He naturally went on to earn a degree in landscaping. Having moved his family to Greenville five years ago from Wisconsin, where he had a thriving landscape business, Joe has since put his creative talents to work in the Upstate and surrounding area.

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Joe enjoys nothing better than to find a unique way of using reclaimed materials or found objects to incorporate them into the garden. “I love what I do; there is nothing better than coming up with a one-of-a-kind design that is both functional and creative,” he says. He definitely combines his landscaping knowledge with his artistic side. Take a look at just a few examples of what Joe and his team could create for you. Oh yeah … he also builds beautiful garden water features, fireplaces, walkways and swimming pool hardscapes. He’s quite versatile. ah


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Chef Adrian Carpenter Written by Lynn Greenlaw Photography by Patrick Cox – Cox Photography

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hen Chef Adrian Carpenter leaves the High Cotton Greenville Restaurant at the end of the day, he says goodbye to “hog” of the porcine variety and says hello to his other “hog” of the Harley Davidson variety. It’s his vehicle of choice for exploring the areas around Greenville where curving roads and mountain scenery abound. Having been born in Cary, NC, his introduction to the restaurant business began early while working various jobs at a variety of restaurants while in high school. It was during a backpacking tour of Europe where he experienced local cuisines that he developed a heightened interest in food preparation and in learning the skills of a chef. He studied and learned at the Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, then practiced his culinary skills in Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado before experiencing a pull to return to the Carolinas eventually bringing him to Greenville. Chef Adrian’s favorite foods fall into the “rustic” category and his favorite meal would include crispy sweetbreads with wild-foraged chanterelle mushrooms. For dessert he’d prefer some chocolate or artisan cheeses. Chef Adrian has prepared and provided us with recipes that offer some good examples of the type of gastronomic delights that he has waiting for you at High Cotton.

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SOUTH CAROLINA SWORDFISH & FRESH BROWN SHRIMP WITH PATTY PAN SQUASH, GRAPE TOMATOES AND SPRING ONION SALSA VERDE

4 (5 to 6 oz.) Swordfish filets 12 Brown shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lb assorted patty pan squash, quartered or halved 1 lb grape tomatoes

In a medium high skillet, sear the swordfish filets on each side for about 2 minutes. In another pan sauté the squash until it begins to soften, add the tomatoes, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon squash and tomatoes evenly onto 4 plates and place a fish filet on top. In the same pan you cooked the squash and tomatoes introduce the shrimp. Lightly sauté the shrimp in the remaining vegetable juices adding a tablespoon of salsa verde to coat the shrimp. Place 3 shrimp on top of each swordfish filet. Spoon a generous amount of salsa verde over fish and onto the plate.

SALSA VERDE 1 clove garlic 1 anchovy filet ½ cup spring onions ¼ cup fresh parsley ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 2 Tablespoons capers (drained) 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 Tablespoon crushed red chile flakes 1 Tablespoon honey ½ cup Extra Virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper

Finely chop garlic, anchovy, spring onions, parsley and mint, add to a mixing bowl. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and adjust flavor with salt and pepper.

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SPRING RABBIT AND FARRO SALAD WITH RHUBARB VINAIGRETTE 1 cup farro 2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed 2 bay leaves ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler ½ cup toasted pistachio nuts 1 cup asparagus, blanched, cut on a 1-inch bias 1 cup parsley or basil leaves, torn 1 cup mint leaves 2 cups arugula ¾ cup diced medjool dates Watermelon radish, shaved 1 rabbit loin saddle, cleaned Maldon or other flaky sea salt, for finishing

In a medium saucepan, bring farro, salt, bay leaves and 2 cups water to a simmer. Simmer until farro is tender and liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes. If all the liquid evaporates before the farro is done, add a little more water. Let farro cool, discard bay leaves. Heat a skillet to medium high. Add a small amount of cooking oil to the pan and allow it to get hot just before the smoke point. Season the rabbit loins on all sides with salt and pepper. Cook the loin on each side quickly to a brown sear. Do not overcook. Let it rest while you build your salad. In a salad bowl add farro, cheese, pistachio nuts, asparagus, herbs, dates and arugula. Add rhubarb vinaigrette to taste and mix well. Assemble salad on the plates. Thinly slice the cooked rabbit loin and fan over top of each salad, drizzle some additional dressing and shaved Parmesan and Watermelon radish for garnish. Serve immediately.

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2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1 quart strawberries, hulled 1/3 cup vodka 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

9 large egg yolks 4 Tablespoons sugar ½ cup St. Germain Liqueur 2 pints fresh strawberries, quartered 1 cup high quality balsamic vinegar

Stir water and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves. Boil 5 minutes.

Fill a 1-quart saucepan half full with water over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Working in batches, puree strawberries in food processor until smooth. Add strawberry puree and vodka and lemon juice to sugar syrup, stir to blend. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

In a mixing bowl macerate strawberries with balsamic vinegar and set aside.

Process strawberry mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions or place mixture in shallow container and freeze, stirring every hour until set, about 6 hours. Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and freeze in airtight container (if sorbet is frozen solid, place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to soften).

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Place egg yolks, sugar and liqueur in a medium stainless steel bowl and whisk until well combined. Place the bowl over the saucepan and continue to whisk until the sauce is thick and doubled in volume, 3 to 5 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough so that it will support a ribbon of sauce trailing off the end of the spoon when lifted. Place scoops of strawberry sorbet in small bowls or decorative glasses. Top with macerated strawberries, cover liberally with warm sabayon and serve immediately. ah


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s the cool days of spring transition into the longer, warmer days of summer, our thoughts focus on spending time outdoors with family and friends. What better way to take advantage of prevailing breezes, mountain-top views, quaint in-town streets, and private southern gardens than spending time on the porch? Today the porch is making a comeback, gradually replacing its humble 1970s rival, the deck. This porch revival is about more than just designing a place of refuge in the shade. Twenty-first century porches link seamlessly to indoor family rooms, flow to pergolas, and transition to terraces beside pools or gardens. Clever landscape design and lighting provide evening drama and allow us to stage the surroundings creatively. Today’s porches are used as additional rooms of the house, and thus have once again truly become “room sized.” Big outdoor spaces are certainly not a new phenomenon; the current trend toward spacious porches harkens back to sizes that were typical in the early years of the twentieth century. Yet, for a generation, architects, homeowners and the building community largely forgot about the porch. By the mid-twentieth century, heating and air conditioning became commonplace and the porch became a relic. By the late 1980s, the average porch was purely symbolic, barely deep enough to contain a single chair. The best porches carry personal mythology and a bit of nostalgia. When I think about the great porches I’ve experienced, I invariably return to my grandmother’s porch in western North Carolina. It functioned as a huge screenedin room. After meals, the entire family retired to the porch and relaxed in wooden lounge chairs or gliders. Half a dozen hammocks lined up beyond the casual seating area where dessert was served. In the morning as the family arose, the porch served as the meeting spot where everyone gathered for coffee and breakfast and discussed our plans for the day. In the late afternoon, adults enjoyed their beverages while we kids had tea or a soda. For many years, in my mind, this was the porch by which all others were judged. What has changed from your grandmother’s porch to the one that you want to build today? First, gone are the days 124 | a thom e


of simple porches with a couple of Adirondack chairs and a row of weather-worn hammocks. Architectural clients today want outdoor rooms with all the comforts of the indoors, plus cooking equipment, refrigerators, sinks, fireplaces, living room-style seating, wireless sound systems and TVs. Many porches also provide gateways to additional open outdoor living spaces such as terraces with wood-fired pizza ovens and fire pits. High-efficiency fans and propane heaters help to extend use through all four seasons. Large room-width glass door openings that seamlessly connect indoor space to porches or terraces have become quite popular. These openings can be accomplished with multiple interconnected French doors (which bi-fold or pocket to the side) or with large lift-and-slide doors that glide with ease, offering broad uninterrupted views while open or closed. Our native insect population is kept at bay with retractable screens that allow homeowners to open up these large glass doors to their porches, keeping both house and porch bug-free in the warm months. Screens then retract safely away to connect covered areas to outdoor patios and terraces. Just as we plan and design indoor spaces, we architects give the same level of thought to our porches. Questions about climate changes throughout the year, ways in which the space will be used, family size, landscaping, lighting and furniture should all be considered when designing the perfect porch. Porch materials including stone, tile, brick and ipe (tropical hardwood) work particularly well, especially as flooring materials. We advise clients to look for furnishings that, while stylish and comfortable, are also durable and have finishes that are truly intended for outdoor use. Even under the cover of a roof, significant temperature changes and humidity can really take a toll on porch furniture. Color trends are becoming continually more varied, but generally richer, as porches settle into their new roles in family life -- moving from the secondary living spaces to being of more primary importance. We are steadily advising clients to set their porch and outdoor living budgets higher than we did in the past, to better align with their heated space square-footage budget. By the foot, porches have become as costly, and sometimes more costly, than comparably sized heated spaces. John Edwards, AIA, is the Studio Leader of Neal Prince Studio (www.nealprincestudio.com), the award-winning custom home design studio of LS3P Associates, LTD. John is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in custom home design and is an active member of Greenville AIA CRAN. Follow the work of Neal Prince Studio on Facebook and Houzz. ah Photo Credits: Opposite Page - Neal Prince Studio. This page: Top photo - Firewater Photography; 2nd photo - Marc Lamkin; 3rd photo - Larry Taylor; 4th photo - Firewater Photography; 5th photo - Larry Taylor


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ake view? Check! Mountain view? Check! Small, intimate stone chapel for ceremony? Check! All the elements added together for Meredith Miller and Keith Tye to select The Reserve at Lake Keowee as their breathtaking wedding venue. Having visited with her parents while they made trips to look at property on the lake, Meredith knew that when the time came this is where she would want to be married. What led to that eventful day will be unveiled as we journey with them through their very special occasion.

A Clemson football game with mutual friends provided an opportunity for Meredith and Keith to meet. After dating for a year, Keith and Meredith’s mom plotted to get her to the lake where, unbeknownst to her, Keith was waiting at the amphitheater to pop the big question. Of course she said “Yes!”

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The appropriately titled song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everlasting Loveâ&#x20AC;? was played while Meredith and Keith danced for the first time as husband and wife.

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Keith and Meredith traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon. Now back to reality, Keith is a business consultant and Meredith is a fourth grade teacher in Spartanburg. In their spare time they enjoy playing tennis, gardening, cooking, walking, going to Clemson football games, attending concerts and traveling. And spending time with the other member of their new family: Sammy the Springer Spaniel.

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Tea: The Great Escape And a Symbol of Hospitality around the World Written by and photos provided by Janette Wesley

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” –D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

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pulled my little Volkswagen into the parking lot across the street from The Great Escape and walked through the glass door at The Houseplant, just past the enormous ferns that dripped into a world of green. A sign on the door said Willkommen, and the shop owner came out and with a distinct German accent said, “Can I help you?” I replied, “Yes. I am looking for a job.” And thus began my education in the world of plants with Karin. Mornings, at The Houseplant, we made coffee and discussed the battle plan for the day. But afternoons were cherished with a cup of hot tea. We stopped for a moment in the lull of the day, taking a seat to analyze the world, slowing down the pace to come together to discuss everything from earth-shattering to mundane. Maybe we were not aware, but

we tapped into a collective conscious by putting tea in the little kettle. As we took respite, it lifted our spirits. Tea times became a profound influence on my life. Tea was first tasted some 5,000 years ago in 2437 B.C. by Chinese Emperor Shennong, when tea leaves on burning tea twigs of the Camelia sinensis, carried up from the fire by the hot air, landed in his cauldron of boiling water. Emperor Shennong, or the “Divine Healer,” taught the ancient Chinese basic practices of agriculture, but also the use of medicines in herbs. Legend holds that Shennong had a transparent body, like tea itself, and could see the effects of different plants and herbs on his body. He taught that drinking tea acted as an antidote against the poisonous effects of some 70 herbs.

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Although tea originated in China as a medicinal drink, Portuguese priests and merchants transported tea and the rituals of drinking it westward during the 16th century. Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II of England, took the tea habit to Great Britain around 1660. The king wed the princess Catherine of Portugal, and her father King John IV provided Catherine of Braganza several ships full of luxury goods including a chest of tea, the favorite drink at the Portuguese court. The high price of tea in China and exoticism of the new luxury helped it to become very fashionable in aristocratic circles and at the royal court, where Catherine established herself as the pre-eminent woman in the kingdom. The Portuguese princess had set the tea trend in England. Britons fell in love with tea, and since the tea plant or Camellia sinensis may only be cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates, they introduced the plant to British possessions in India during the 17th century to bypass a Chinese monopoly. The escalation of tea importation and sales over the period 1690 to 1750 was mirrored closely by the increase in importation and sales of cane sugar, and even the British drank sweet tea. Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, created the British meal, afternoon tea, during a visit to the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in the mid-1840s. The Duchess found a light meal of tea and cakes or sandwiches was the perfect balance to ward off “that sinking feeling” and invited her friends to join her. The Duchess’ guests went back to their houses and replicated the ritual, thus spreading the new custom. The middle and lower classes soon heard about this new “meal” and the teashops flourished, offering people the chance to break with their day for tea and cakes. Even respectable women could dine out unaccompanied. If you were a lady of the 18th century, instead of a cocktail dress, you would shop for a tea gown. They were

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Woman’s tea gown by Liberty & Co. of London, circa 1887. Silk twill with supplementary weft-float patterning.

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Tea smuggling during the 18th century led to Britain’s populace being able to afford and consume tea, and its importance eventually influenced the Boston Tea Party. In 1767 the British government put a tax on the tea used by American colonists. Protesting this “taxation without representation,” the colonists decided to stop buying tea and refused to allow tea ships to be unloaded. The colonists found their own solution and brewed Ceanothus americanus, or New Jersey Tea, a species of shrub native to North America, during the American Revolution as a substitute for imported tea. The British government eventually eradicated the tax on tea, which eliminated the smuggling trade by 1785, and prices fell, and are still very low today. Camellia sinensis is the true tea plant, and two major varieties are grown: var. sinensis for Chinese teas, and var. assamica for Indian Assam teas. White tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from one or the other, but are processed differently to attain varying levels of oxidation.

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Herbal tea, or tisane, describes a beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine. These drinks are distinguished from true teas prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Herbal tisanes and teas are made differently all around the world and many claim healing properties from the Chrysanthemum tea of China to the Matcha tea of Japan to the Hibiscus tea of Mexico. The act of serving tea is a universal symbol of hospitality and has even been called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;barometer of social changeâ&#x20AC;? by writer Lee Jolliffe. Tea-producing and tea-consuming countries adopted various teas and serving customs as part of their national identity to accommodate guest-host relationships. Steeped in their own traditions, each has particular formalities from the harvest of the plants, to the preparation, to the serving rituals. Even in South Carolina, the General Assembly ratified Act Number 31 in 1995 to serve tea as the state hospitality beverage. The history and culture of tea connects East to West with deep social values.


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AROUND THE WORLD IN TEA “Caysiz sohbet, aysiz gok yuzu gibidir” translates to “Conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon” - Folk saying from Sivas, Turkey In Turkey, tea is served in a cup with a tulip-shaped glass, and is typically prepared using two stacked kettles specially designed for tea preparation. Water is brought to a boil in the larger lower kettle and then some of the water is used to fill the smaller kettle on top and steep several spoons of loose tea leaves, producing a very strong tea. When served, the remaining water is used to dilute the tea on an individual basis, giving each drinker the choice between strong or weak. Tea is served in small transparent glasses to show its color, with cubes of beet sugar. In the Andes of Bolivia and Peru, Coca leaf tea is served to guests to help fight the fatigue of the high altitude. The leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids which, when extracted chemically, are the source for cocaine base. However, the amount of coca alkaloid in the raw leaves is low, between 0.25% and 0.77%, and provides the perfect lift.

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Argentine tea culture is influenced by local and imported varieties and customs. The country is a major producer of tea (Camellia sinensis), but is mostly known for the cultivation and consumption of maté, made with the leaves of the local yerba maté plant. Maté is served in a hollow gourd (or occasionally a horn or a hoof), and drunk through a metal straw called a bombilla. This serving style originated with a native culture, the Guarani. The server pours water slowly as he or she fills the gourd, which is then passed clockwise. This order, once established, continues until the gourd is dry. Maté has a strong cultural significance as both national identity and social gatherer, to the extent of being the national drink of Argentina.

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In traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum tea is also said to clear the liver and the eyes. When a couple gets married, tea serves a symbolic purpose, for the couple is expected to serve tea to their parents as a sign of thanks for raising them. Cups of tea are set before the family shrine or in temples as offerings, and it is always served as a part of socializing with friends, neighbors, business associates or relatives. In Tibet, butter tea, made from tea leaves, yak butter, water and salt, serves many purposes. It is a symbol of hospitality, a sacred offering, and a meal in itself. People

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The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a cultural activity primarily influenced by Zen Buddhism, involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea. The idea came from the practice where Zen monks would ward off hunger by putting warm stones into the front folds of their robes, near their bellies.

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Japanese tea gatherings are classified as an informal tea gathering chakai and a formal tea gathering chaji. A chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes sweets, thin tea and perhaps a light meal. A chaji is a much more formal gathering that includes a full-course kaiseki meal (a sequence of dishes, each delicately small and artistically arranged) followed by confections, thick tea, and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours. The elaborate and refined Japanese tea ceremony is meant to demonstrate respect through grace and good etiquette.

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Tea came to America when it landed in South Carolina in 1799 as a gift from the French botanist André Michaux to the future governor Henry Middleton, owner of Middleton Barony in Dorchester County. The botanist also brought many other varieties of camellias, azaleas and gardenias, a favorite in southern gardens. Since then, the coastal region of South Carolina has proven to be ideal for harvesting tea and southerners even today enjoy iced sweet tea, quite luxurious and refreshing on a hot summer day. South Carolina still claims the only tea plantation in the USA, the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island near Charleston. Indeed, Charleston, its tea, and other agriculture within its social structure hold an interesting place in history as prosperous merchants, lawyers and doctors in Charleston bought lands and retired as country gentlemen. The common farmers too helped to develop Charleston into the trading center of the south as they quickly learned to combine agriculture and commerce, and the marketplace became a major source of prosperity. In a book written in 1863 by John Sumner, A Popular Treatise on Tea, an article by Leitch Ritchie is mentioned. He wrote: “I venture to suggest that the moral reform and social improvement -- for which the present age is remarkable -- have had their basis in TEA. The bulk of mankind -- according to the testimony of all travelers -- require something in the nature of a stimulant. Wherever this stimulant is Tea, there is to be found, as will presently be shown, the spirit of civilization in full activity. Where it is wanting, or used in small quantities, barbarous manners are still predominant. I therefore propound that Tea and the discontinuance of barbarism are connected in the way of cause and effect.”

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GardentoTable “Thus Tea, philosophically considered, is merely a rival of alcohol. The desire for an agreeable and exhilarating drink is natural to man, for it exists in all states of society; and the new beverage, gratifying the taste as it does without injuring the health or maddening the brain, must be considered a blessing to the human race.” Today, in the Upstate, I am planting Spearmint, Lemon balm, Bee Balm, Anise hyssop, and Lavender for my own garden. Ironically, the same plants I use for tea, I am also able to macerate in alcohol for liqueurs which we make at Salute! our small micro-distillery in Greer, and thus have a great wealth of stimulating drinks! But it was my years at The Houseplant which grounded me in so much knowledge; I am forever grateful for those days of drinking tea and learning about plants with Karin. I am not sure if drinking tea can fight against poisonous properties as Emperor Shennong claimed, but I am sure that the ritual of nurturing plants, slowing down the day and sipping something satisfying with a friend, does wonders to refresh the mind and fight the negative spirits of the day. What can appear to be a mundane ritual like drinking tea can abound with spiritual, philosophical, and historical importance. It is truly the great escape.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROPERTIES: Tea is an all-natural and environmentally sound product from a renewable source. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects; oxidation of the tea leaf is a natural process; and many tea packers use recycled paper for packaging. HEALTH PROPERTIES: Tea is naturally low in caffeine. A cup of Black Tea, for example, contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine. Historically as well as today, in regions without access to safe drinking water, the boiling of water to make tea has been effective in reducing waterborne diseases by destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Many herbal tisanes claim various physical effects. COST PER SERVING: Prepared in the home, tea costs about three cents per serving, cup or glass. Tea continues to remain one of the most economical beverages available. LABOR ISSUES: Many countries around the world have horrific labor conditions at tea plantations. Look for Fair Trade Tea on the label in order to support good working conditions.

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GROWING YOUR OWN TEA GARDEN

Lemon Balm Tisane

Camellia sinensis can be grown in your garden if you live in a warm climate like Charleston (zone 8 or warmer) or in a container in your home if you live in a cooler area. But, you must be patient; it takes three years before you can start harvesting leaves to make tea. However, herbs or flowers for a tisane can be easily harvested in just a few weeks. Dried or fresh herbs can be used to make many various tisane. Fresh herbs have more essential oils, keeping the taste bright, fresh and clean. The advantage to fresh herbs is, if they’re over-steeped, they will not have a bitter taste, unlike over-steeped dried herbs. Growing fresh herbs: Select herbs which will grow well in your climate. Visit a quality nursery, like Martins Nursery in Greenville, and ask questions to get started, or take a class in herb growing from Red Fern Farms (http://redfernfarms.com). Most aromatic herbs are deerresistant and offer some additional benefits like hummingbirds or butterflies in your garden. Chamomile, lavender and mint varieties are three common herbal tea ingredients that are easy to grow, even if all the space you have is a pot. Coriander, lemon bergamot (bee balm), lemon balm (also called Melissa) and jasmine add interesting flavors and scents. For the most part, any culinary herb can be used in a tea and many have medicinal qualities; some produce a very strong tasting tea which can be balanced with honey and lemon. Feel free to experiment by combining herbs to create your own custom tea blends. If taking medications, check with your doctor to see if any herbal tisane would interfere. Choose appropriate containers or a spot in the garden for each type of herb you’ve chosen. Plant seeds or plants in a well-balanced soil, in an area that gets at least six hours or so of sun per day. Check soil frequently to make sure it’s got the right moisture level for each plant. Be sure to never use pesticides or chemical fertilizers -- remember, you will be drinking it! When plants are mature, you can harvest and steep.

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GardentoTable BEST HERBS FOR TISANE

DRYING HERBS Air dry: harvest the herbs and remove wilted or yellow leaves; lightly rinse and pat dry. Tie 5-10 branches together with string or rubber band, and place flowers first into a spacious paper bag. Poke a few small holes for ventilation and hang upside down in a cool dry but well ventilated place. A fan in the room helps to prevent mold. If molded, discard.

Chamomile

Lavender

Mint

Rose blossoms, collect in spring

Oven Dry: Place herb leaves or seeds on a baking sheet and place in an open oven on the lowest heat – less than 180 degrees F. for 2-4 hours. They are ready if leaves crumble easily. Oven-dried herbs will be cooked, removing some of the potency and flavor. Store herbs in an air-tight container. Do’s and Don’ts Don’t use an aluminum pot. The metallic taste will affect the tisane. Use stainless steel, glass or cast iron when steeping. Don’t use the stems of herbs, only use the leaves and flowers. Do harvest early in the morning for the best flavor, and find the optimal time of harvest for each herb, usually just before they flower when essential oils in the plant are highest.

Bee Balm with a hummingbird

Rose hips, collect in the fall before frost

Lemon Verbena

Viola odorata, collect in early spring

A great variety of prepared dry herbal tisanes are available at Mountain Rose Herbs, www.mountainroseherbs.com; find fresh herbs at the farmers markets in the Greenville area. Red Fern Farm carries many varieties. Only buy certified organic, or speak to the grower face to face, in order to avoid any harmful pesticides or fertilizers that will be infused from the herbs into your tisane.

RECIPES For each herbal or fruit tisane, which serves one cup, follow these directions: In a small sauce pan, heat water to almost a boil and turn off the heat. Add fresh herbs to the pot and bruise with a long spoon by pressing the spoon into the herbs against the side of the pot. As a general rule, use about a teaspoon of dried herbs, depending on your taste, per cup of tea. Use at least 2 teaspoons fresh herbs. Crush leaves, berries, roots, etc. for more flavor. Place lid on pot and steep for 10 minutes. Strain tea into a cup. ah

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Lemon Verbena, Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon Peel Tea

Lavender and Lemon Balm Tea

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3 tablespoons fresh lemon verbena leaves 1 inch fresh turmeric knob (find it at Whole Foods, or at specialty Indian or Asian food stores) 1 inch fresh ginger knob 2 strips lemon rind 1 cup hot water

3 tablespoons fresh lavender 3 tablespoons fresh lemon balm leaves 1 cup hot water

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