McKissick Museum presents ‘Fall in the Garden’ fundraiser Oct. 10

September 7, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – September 5, 2008 – The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will hold its annual fall fundraiser, “Fall in the Garden,” from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Spring Valley gardens of interior designer Steven Ford and Alonso Cuellar.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the museum office.

At 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., university naturalist Dr. Rudy Mancke will give a talk about the gardens, which feature a variety of native and exotic plants, as well as a French gazebo and sculptures along with numerous containers filled with mixes of annuals and perennials.

Food and wine will be served, and original artwork by university artist Virginia Scotchie will be on sale.

Ford and Cuellar recently purchased the home from Donald and Yvonne Russell. Mrs. Russell began the gardens 40 years ago with cryptomeria japonica (Japanese cedar) from seedlings that have grown into trees as tall as 50 feet.

The fall fundraiser, coordinated by McKissick’s Advisory Council, is one of two fundraisers held each year to support museum acquisitions and public programs.

McKissick is the only Columbia museum to offer free regular admission. It is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays.

For more information about “Fall in the Garden” or McKissick Museum call 803-777-7251 or visit