Magnolia Plantation

We Care

Steeped in over 300 years of family history and heritage in the Lowcountry, Magnolia and the Drayton family take pride and responsibility in our community. Our community stewardship is evident through the numerous humanitarian, academic and environmental causes we support. We encourage you to learn more about the local initiatives we support which help preserve the culture and legacy of the Lowcountry.

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Christina Gethers

Camp Hope Visits Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Christina Gethers, Magnolia's Student and Youth Group Coordinator, has received a big kudo from the Charleston Police Department for her work with a special group of children.

"On behalf of the Charleston Police Department and Camp Hope we would like to express our appreciation for the exciting tour you so graciously provided to our campers this year," wrote Jessica L. Watkins, Camp Hope coordinator. "Your company has certainly made a lasting impression on our campers that will serve them well throughout their lives."

"Thanks again for all you do to help change the lives of our community's children, one summer camp at a time," Ms. Watkins said.

Nineteen Camp Hope participants visited Magnolia on July 14, 2017.

Camp Hope, formed a decade ago, is a five-week summer program headed by Charleston police that targets at-risk youth while engaging them in personal and social responsibility activities. The camp also provides an opportunity for young people to foster healthy relationships with police officers.


Magnolia Foundation grant supports two Trident Tech scholarships


Latasha Banks
Eleis Lester

For the second consecutive year, the Magnolia Plantation Foundation has funded scholarships for two students pursuing associate degrees in horticulture and hospitality and tourism management at Trident Technical College.

Eleis Lester, a resident of downtown Charleston, and Litasha Banks, who lives in North Charleston, are recipients of the scholarships named for 19th century attorney, journalist and diplomat Archibald Grimké.

Born into slavery in 1849 on a Lowcountry rice plantation, Grimké was one of the first black students enrolled in the Harvard Law School. He was a cousin of the Rev. John Grimké Drayton, who in 1870 opened Magnolia's gardens as Charleston's first tourist attraction.

Lester, a horticulture major, and Banks, a hospitality and tourism management student, are each in their second year at Trident. They are scheduled to graduate in 2018.

Lester, a 2000 graduate of St. Johns College in Maryland, said, "The scholarship will allow me to enroll in classes that I could not otherwise afford as well as purchase important books and resources that will be vital to my career. Upon graduating, I hope to work in the public sector, helping municipalities design and maintain public spaces with a focus on native plants and sustainable practices."

Banks attended Stall High School. She thought her dream of returning to school had passed her by. She has a goal to lead her own event planning company that specializes in weddings. Being selected for the Grimké scholarship, she said, shows that her hard work is appreciated. "No words could truly express the gratitude that I feel right now."

In 2016, Katina Bosko of Summerville and Lynette Cobb of North Charleston were the first students selected for the Grimké scholarship.

The Magnolia Plantation Foundation, the non-profit arm of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, awards grants to local and national organizations that support a variety of causes. The foundation gave grants to selected non-profit groups involved with animal welfare, nature conservation, history, youth activities, education, horticulture and the arts.



The stars aligned at Magnolia Gardens to
benefit Make-A-Wish South Carolina

Make-A-Wish"An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars" raised more than $65,000 for Make-A-Wish South Carolina, a statewide charity that grants unique experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

During the gala on Sunday, May 21, donors heard the emotional story of a precious wish child 13-year-old Ryan Durant of Goose Creek, and his parents, Michael and Jenny Durant. The family shared Ryan's tough battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and his wish to meet his favorite gamer and YouTube star Markiplier.

To make more wishes possible for other children donors placed silent and live auction bids on high-end items and dined on dishes prepared by some of Charleston's top chefs. The city's jazz ambassador Charlton Singleton and Contemporary Flow entertained a capacity crowd in Magnolia Plantation and Garden's historic Carriage House on the Ashley River.

Tom Johnson, Magnolia's executive director, said, "The success of this inaugural event not only speaks well for Charleston's generosity and the city's hospitality industry but also secures the likelihood this gala will become a premier fundraising event. It is our hope that we've established a long relationship with Make-A-Wish South Carolina."

Bill Tiller, the charity's president and CEO, said, "We are deeply grateful to the many great folks at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for their partnership and generous investment in our mission to children facing life-threatening medical conditions. They understand the power of a wish to transform lives, and we are delighted to have them as partners."

The event was "a wonderful success by every measure, and we look forward to an even bigger and better time next year," he said. "I look forward to sharing with everyone a year from now the wonderful wish stories of the lives touched by the wishes funded in our inaugural year."

The evening was a showcase for Charleston's top chefs Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill; April Robinson, Butter Tapas; Marcus Middleton, Middleton Made Cuisines; David Schuttenberg, Fish Restaurant; Anthony DiBernardo, Swig & Swine; and Sermet Aslan, Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar. Specialty items were provided by Beyond Expectations, Cane Rhum Bar and Naked Turtle Rum and Wild Flour Pastry.



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