Sunday, May 31, 2015

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a 400 acre property that was founded in 1678 by the Drayton family. It is Charleston's most visited plantation, and it's easy to see why.  There's a lot there! It's home to America's oldest garden - The Barbados Tropical Garden. Other gardens on the property include a Biblical garden, topiary garden, a maze of camellias, and a swamp garden that spans 60 acres. Bald Eagles, egrets, otters, and of course, alligators, can be seen in the swamp garden. Visitors can enjoy a variety of bog plants, ornamental grasses, and wildflowers. 

Additional attractions include a petting zoo, Old African American Cabin, and conservatory.


The gardens are open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Cost of admission for adults is $15.00, and for children, $10.00. There is an additional cost for the plantation house tour, nature boat tour, and the Audubon Swamp Garden. All-inclusive tickets are available, but those are rather costly - $47.00 for adults, $43.00 for children.



15 comments:

  1. I'll have to visit it next time we go to Charleston.

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  2. I have been there and it is magnificent. You can just imagine life in the Old South.

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    1. Yes. It's a good representation of what it was like.

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  3. A garden and animals - I would love it.

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  4. That seems like a wonderful place to visit. I could have fun there all day.

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    1. There's certainly enough to keep you busy.

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  5. my favorite place in charleston.

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  6. Hi Sherry - I love the look of that branched walk - huge ancient trees with magnolias abounding to flank the path .. gorgeous ... I'd love to visit - and Charleston is one of the places I'd love to see .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Those live oaks are so majestic looking.

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  7. Hey Sherry,

    You got me at the thought it has a swamp garden. Almost sounds like a typical English garden in the summer :)

    Gary

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    1. I'm not sure England has live oaks. These are certainly unique to the south, and very beautiful!

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  8. Hey Sherry,

    You got me at the thought it has a swamp garden. Almost sounds like a typical English garden in the summer :)

    Gary

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