2018 Native Plant Forum
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road | Charleston, SC 29414 | (843) 571-1266

South Carolina is blessed with a rich botanical heritage. Our distinct geographical provinces and an abundance of water provide a habitat for a diversity of flora, which rivals anywhere in the world. However, today most South Carolinians hardly realize what botanical treasures abound or why it is important to protect and promote our native species.

On Saturday, September 22nd, The South Carolina Native Plant Society and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens will present our 2018 Native Plant Forum - "Bringing Nature to Our Own Backyard". From understanding how man and nature shaped the Lowcountry landscape to learning how to achieve harmony within and beyond our garden gates, this event offers something for everyone.

The South Carolina Native Plant Society

The South Carolina Native Plant Society was founded in March of 1996 by a diverse group of folks interested in promoting the awareness and education of native plant species and their importance in the South Carolina landscape and history. By developing working relationships with organizations such as the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, SC Forest Watch, SC Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Chattooga Watershed Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, SC State Parks, SC Department of Natural Resources and others the South Carolina Native Plant Society has become a leader in conservation effectively raising the public awareness of native plants and native plant issues.

Native plants and the native landscape in many ways define us as a state and a people, giving us a sense of belonging, a sense of place. Native plants are our heritage. Be part of that heritage by becoming a member of the South Carolina Native plant society! For more information about The South Carolina Native Plant Society, go to www.scnps.org.


Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. The first gardens were established in 1685, making Magnolia the oldest garden in America. The gardens are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were opened to the public in the early 1870s. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added its own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety.

Many experts have considered Magnolia "the most beautiful garden in the world". Baedecker's Travel Guide likened its springtime display to the majesty of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Unlike most of America's gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." - William Wordsworth

For more information about Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.

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