Known for their gardens, Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina voted one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" by Travel &Leisure. Even though I was there "off-season", it was still quite a treat to visit.
I visited Magnolia because I had a groupon to visit the gardens. Yes, a groupon. (A groupon is a group coupon purchased online offering daily deals for different services) It was for the gardens only and the day I picked to visit was "cut the air with a knife" humid. Like " hair curling, clothes stick to you" humid. But it was a chance to visit their beautiful gardens, so I did.
According to their website, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the oldest public gardens in America opening to the public in 1870. Founded by the Drayton family in 1676, the gardens have survived through the American Revolution and the Civil War. The gardens are "Romantic Style" meaning they are not formal and do not seek to control nature, but rather cooperate with it. And there is a calendar of what is blooming each month so you can schedule your visit with your favorite blooms.
Dripping in Spanish Moss, the gardens weren't in full bloom during my visit (hence the groupon) but they were still beautiful. Birds, a few blooms, and history all rolled into one made for an interesting afternoon.
If you're a history buff, you're gonna want to visit. The plantation has been around a long time surviving a coupla wars - there is even a photograph of Abraham Lincoln visiting here.
Then there are the camellias. Magnolia Plantation is an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. Native to Asia, camellias are perfect for the Carolinas. And Magnolia is apparently the place to go to see them as they have the "oldest and largest collection of camellias in America." They hold a winter camellia walk everyday from November to March. (Unfortunately, they were not blooming when I visited.) It's a pretty big deal here.
The main house
So there you have it. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in all their Romantic style finery. I'm going to have to return for azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas. The color should be amazing!
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