And on goes the journey along the US-American East coast on our road trip from New York down to Key West…
After a very short stay at Myrtle Beach our next stop was the amazing Charleston, in detail Charleston Magnolia Plantation.
On the way to Charleston Magnolia Plantation
So what exactly is the Charleston Magnolia plantation?
Well, in fact nothing less than officially one of Americas most beautiful gardens at all.
On our track we went southwards, heading to sun & summer.
And the Charleston Magnolia plantation in South Carolina did put us already in the best summer mood. It took us around 3 hours driving from Myrtle Beach to Charleston, so relaxed travelling with a lot of time at hand.
As a highlight of our one-day-stay in Charleston we decided to visit the Magnolia garden. And here you shall see, why it was…
Due to the season all the plants and flowers have not been in their full bloom yet, but still it presented itself during these early spring days with a unique charm of ancient trees and blooming, magnificent blossoms and colors.
The history of the Charleston Magnolia Garden
Not enough, that the park itself is a breathtaking beauty, no – also its history is highly interesting.
The Charleston Magnolia plantation is the oldest public garden in the United States, founded in the year 1676 by the family Thomas and Ann Drayton.
The park, which is located at the 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston is even registered in the National Register of Historic Places. During the time of the Civil War the park has been burned down and later then opened for public by John Drayton, surely and obviously also to earn some money with the park.
With time the garden has been modified more and more looking like the English Gardens. This has been done mainly by John Grimke-Drayton, who was the grandson of Thomas Drayton. Also it is said, that he introduced successfully the Azalea flower in America.
During the years prominent people like George Gershwin, Henry Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles and many more were visiting and admiring the plantation.
The Charleston Magnolia plantation in Detail
The park with its overall size of 464 acres consists of multiple areas, which are:
- Barbados tropical Garden
- Biblic Garden with plants, that are mentioned in the bible (Old and New Testament)
- Kamelia collection with the planting of the first Camellia japonica from the year 1820. It contains more than 900 different kinds.
- The Cattail Wildlife Refugium – around 2 km² large area with a bird observation tower
- the famous Magnolia Plantation’s mirroring cypress lake
- up to 100 years old cypress trees along the rivers and swamp areas
- the Flowerdale (50 acres) – the oldest part of the park from the year 1680 with two huge Camelias from the 1840s
- the Long bridge established in 1840, one of the 7 bridges in the park
- The Labyrinth – a replic of the Englischen Hampton Court Labyrinth with 23 km path ways in total
- The Natur center and zoo – home of domesticated and abandoned wild animals as well as exotic birds
- the Swamp garden with indigenous plants and a rich eco system
If you don’t want to experience all on your own, there are quite some tours, for example:
- the Plantation House Tour (30 minutes tour)
- the Nature Train (45-minutes tour)
- the Nature Boat Tour (45-minutes tour)
- the “from slavery to freedom”-Tour (45-minutes tour)
- and the Audubon swamp garden -Tour. (Discover on your own, approx. 45-minutes tour)
Further information to the single tours you find directly at homepage.
Wedding in the Charleston Magnolia Plantation
A wedding right in this beautiful landscape truly must be unforgettable.
Therefor you have a couple of different wedding planner, that make exactly that happen for you.
Already for $3,000 you can say “Yes” at your own wedding ceremony in the park.
All needed information on that you find here
Our conclusion to the Charleston Magnolia Garden
Even though we were not visiting the park during the main season, it was stunning indeed.
The mix of natural wild beauty and artificial beauty in such a rich way is truly amazing. By the way, there are also alligators living in the park, even though we did not see one.
The park is impressing with a calm peace and invites almost everywhere to sit and admire the beauty of Mother Nature.
If you decide to also take part in one of the tours, you should plan a bit more generous your time there. From our perspective, a full day is ideal to check out Charleston Magnolia plantation.
We had this and in combination with this great springtime weather, the trip was really a bit magical for us…
Our recommendation: Absolutely great to visit!
Our next stop was officially also our first true summer – stop: The oldest City of the United States, St. Augustine!
The post about our impressions from there you will find soon … until then I send flower power greetings