The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s. However, many parts of the gardens are much older, some sections more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added their own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety. Today there are various varieties of flowers from camellias, daffodils, to azalea’s and countless other species in bloom year round, with the climax of incredible beauty building towards the spring bloom.
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“Oldest Unrestored Garden in Charleston!”
Beautiful and educational! A great stop, but not a quick one, give yourself time to enjoy the whole thing- gardens, house tour, slavery to freedom tour. We were here in middle of June and it was HOT!
Absolutely gorgeous place! Spanish moss hanging from live oak trees, boat tour with tons of wildlife (alligators, herons, etc). The gardens are gorgeous. We visited 25th of March and azaleas and peonies were just blooming. So beautiful. The hedge maze was awesome (large and small. The small one reminded me very much of Alice in Wonderland). Wish we had more time to explore.
Nice gardens but not really well maintained for the price of admission. Also it is advertised as a pre-revolution plantation which is technically true but the house (which was a cottage) dates to post civil war. Not the pre civil war plantation house I envisioned. For $28 per person for the house tour and gardens is too much.
My husband and I love to trave! We pick one 2 week trip a year to see something new. We live in Nevada so we picked the south this year. We went on a tour of historic cities. Charleston was our last stop. We were very excited to see Magnolia gardens. The pamphlets really sell it. We were so disappointed when we got there. We came from Drayton Hall which is up the road, and so much better. We are not cheap, but this places really up sells everything! $15 to get in, which only includes the garden walk. The garden is beautiful, but they don't offer any info on the plantation. You have to pay for all the extras just to get info on the history! Which is $8 for each additional "attraction". Just not worth it. My husband has a bachelors in history, so he was bummed they didn't have signs explaining anything. Just another way for them to get more money. We did pay the $8 to see the swamp which was a nice treat! We saw a bunch of alligators, something you can't see in Nevada!
We loved the Magnolia Plantation gardens. The address here is about 5 miles off. When GPS tells you that you arrived and actually need to keep going for about 5 more miles. But you can easily spot the official signs by the road.
The gardens are very pretty. We did only the basic tour and that was enough for us. If you choose to, you can pay for extra tours (which are additional $15-20 each).
The little zoo is pretty cool with peacocks strolling around. Plus other fun animals who are not scared of the humans and like taking photos!
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