Exclusive Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea Excerpt and Discount

 

Acres of tea bushes and the famous Angel Oak Tree at Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, USA. Photograph by John O’Hagan; ©Hoffman Media

An experimental plot of five acres was established in Washington D.C., and trial plantings of the new seedlings were carried out in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida but were abandoned because of poor management and the disruption of the American Civil War (1861 to 1865). In the 1890s, seeds from China, India, and Japan and cuttings from Washington were planted in Georgia and at Summerville, South Carolina. The estate was eventually sold to Charles Shepherd, who farmed 89 acres of tea there until he died in 1915.

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