Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Situated along the Ashley River, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the most renowned sites in South Carolina and is a must-see when vacationing on Isle of Palms. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, getting lost in the magnificence and taking in all the sights and sweet smells of flowers.
History of Magnolia Plantation
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens dates back to 1676, since when it has stood the test of time and become a large part of Lowcountry history. The plantation is the oldest public attraction in the region and is home to the nation’s oldest public gardens. Located in Charleston, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a symbol of prominence from the Colonial era, when the Drayton family put all their efforts into managing the large estate. It was this same effort that started the growth of the gardens in the late 17th century and continued to nurture them into the explosive bursts of color and beauty that they still are today. The gardens are credited with being the first place in America to grow azaleas, which is just an example of the fascinating facts you’ll learn about the plantation’s history and role in South Carolina culture when you visit.
There are a number of tours and attractions to occupy your time at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The gardens are the main focus of the estate, where tranquility is promoted above all else. Since opening to the public in the 1870s, the gardens have become a top destination for people near and far. They have continued to be expanded under each new ownership over the centuries and now boast an array of blooms that range from camellias, star magnolias, and poppies, to lilies, oleanders, hibiscus, and so much more. Around the grounds you’ll find a conservatory, nature trails, herb garden, petting zoo, horticultural maze, biblical garden, and wildlife observation tower. There is also a 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden, which you can travel over by bridge and boardwalk, and a nature boat tour that will take you through age-old rice fields. In addition, the Peacock Cafe serves food and beverages throughout the day, so you can spend all the time you need exploring every inch of acreage without worrying about where you’re going to refuel.
Once you visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, you’ll be happy to come back to your own luxurious accommodations and reflect on the breathtaking scenery you’ve just witnessed. Call Exclusive Properties to reserve one of our upscale vacation homes.
(Image By Kellie Thorne of NSBO (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/52183) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)