What's happening this month?
In honor of Bat Week, October 24 to 31, lend a hand to the insect-devouring mammals, who are declining across the country due to white-nose syndrome and habitat loss. A single-chamber bat house—available locally at Wild Birds Unlimited—can house 100.
October 3-November 2
The Fall Tours
Downtown house and garden tours ($60-$50) are a staple of this 43-year-old Preservation Society of Charleston fundraiser. But to really delve into the heritage—and challenges—behind the Holy City’s often-walled gardens, let horticulture and design pros lead you on one of the four curated garden tours ($125-$110). Locations, times, & prices vary. preservationsociety.org
Fall Native Plant Sale
Favorite perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns, and edibles go fast at the Lowcountry Chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society’s autumn sale, which takes place during the Palmetto State’s Native Plant Week (October 12 to 19). Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. scnps.org
An Evening with An Expert: Container Gardening
During this Charleston Horticultural Society event, Jennifer Stringer—owner of local container design company Living Colors—and fellow designers create seasonal container displays on stage, with moderator Kyle Barnette leading an audience Q & A after. Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St. Monday, 6:30 p.m. $15; free for member. chashortsoc.org