Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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, a 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 a conservatory.


The gardens are open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The 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.

17 comments:

  1. That is a lot. But sounds like it would keep you busy for many hours.

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    1. You could spend at least a half a day there. Maybe more.

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  2. Yep - I visited there many cheaper years ago. It was a fantastic plantation - so much history, so much beauty. Hope you are well!!!

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  3. For the history, and for those big arching tree branches, it looks well worth the cost of admission.
    Thank you, Sherry. I always enjoy these posts.

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    1. This is definitely a great garden!

      Thanks for visiting. Always nice to see you here!

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  4. For the history, and for those big arching tree branches, it looks well worth the cost of admission.
    Thank you, Sherry. I always enjoy these posts.

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  5. I think we visited that place with my in-laws years ago. I don't remember taking any of the tours though.

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  6. Hi Sherry - I imagine it'd be a beautiful garden with its history ... another I'd love to visit - stay safe and all the best - Hilary

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    1. Maybe if you come this way, you can put it on your list of places to see.

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  7. I love that first photo. I want to be there!

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    1. Isn't it pretty? I love the arching branches, too.

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  8. Sounds like you could spend several days there in order to see it all. Been a good number of years since we've been to Charleston. I must remember this, as I'm sure we'll be going back. Thanks for the info.
    Traveling Suitcase

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    1. I hope you get to see it whenever you go back.

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  9. Everything looking very nice! Thanks for the information! Have a great weekend my friend! 😘😘😘

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