Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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.


  1. Oh heck, might as well make a day of it and do it all!

  2. I visited Charleston but did not go to this plantation. Obviously, it's time to go back and, like Alex said, make it a day. Wow!

  3. Hi Sherry - I'd love to visit Charleston sometime ... and most definitely would go to this garden ... amazing place - cheers Hilary

  4. Yes, that is costly, but it's an impressive garden, no doubt.

    Hope you're doing fne, Sherry.


  5. I have been wanting to visit Charleston. The gardens sound beautiful.