Magnolia Plantation
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Charleston's Most Visited Plantation

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Welcome to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Magnolia has been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens", and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina!

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. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.


"The Gardens' Romantic style design invites an escape from the everyday, into a world of azalea-lined pathways, sprawling live oaks, and cypress-tupelo swamps patrolled by alligators and egrets."

- Travel + Leisure 2014


“(Magnolia is) one of the most inspirational gardens I visited.
I love Magnolia...I really was impressed.”
- Jennifer Trehane, former director of the International Camellia Society.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the 14 Most Beautiful Home and Garden Tours in America -
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“While Middleton Place's gardens attract those who like trimmed hedges and flower-lined paths, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the place to go if you're more of an avid nature lover. Yes, the house is worth an hour of your time -- it's a less ornate version of other Charleston plantation homes, but the interior is just as beautiful -- but most visitors come here to enjoy the wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for gators, otters and turtles in the Audubon Swamp Garden, grab your binoculars and look for local birds at the waterfowl refuge, don your helmet and bike one of the several trails or get lost in the horticultural maze. Recent travelers also agree that the petting zoo makes this a great place to bring the kids. There are also several guided tours offered here, each one detailing a different aspect of the plantation's history or its natural surroundings. Recent visitors specifically recommend the 45-minute Slavery to Freedom tour. As one traveler tells TripAdvisor: "That was our favorite tour of all the ones we took in Charleston."

- US News Travel



Watch the Magnolia Plantation Video

Adobe Flash video tour of Magnolia Plantation


Video Tour of Magnolia Plantation

Adobe Flash video tour of Magnolia Plantation

Azalea Society of America
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is a member of the Azalea Society of America. Visit, THE website for information about azaleas and the Azalea Society of America.


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