January 16, 2014

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina

After our visit to Drayton Hall, a short drive down the road brought us to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  The original Magnolia Plantation home was built in 1679 by Thomas Drayton, who's son went on to build Drayton Hall.  Magnolia Plantation as seen today is the third home built on this site over the past three centuries.  Today, the fifteenth generation of the Drayton family controls this historic property.   


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina


























While Drayton Hall is best known for its magnificent home, the gardens are the real treasure at Magnolia Plantation.  Of particular note, there are over 20,000 camellias on display during the winter months.  During our visit in November, the lovely Camellia Sasanqua were in full bloom.  From the palest pink flower to one of the brightest fuchsia, and a stunning hybrid of the two, these camellias were quite a site to see.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina


Another beautiful flower in bloom was the yellow Cassia, seen in the photo above. These exotic looking flowers spilled from the trees in the canopy above our heads.  We also saw some beautiful roses, hibiscus and hollies.  The grounds were also decorated with statues, illustrated botanical markers and, of course, more live oak dripping in Spanish moss.



Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South CarolinaMagnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina

In addition to the beautiful property and flowers, we also saw some wildlife.  There were whitetail deer, horses, speckled guineafowl and one darling cat guarding the gift shop.  We also saw some peacocks put on quite a show.  At one point, there were four males showing off at the same time, their feathers open for all to see.  To make your visit even better, you can pick up some delicious sangria at the Peacock Cafe to sip as you wander the lovely grounds of Magnolia Plantation.  Cheers to that!

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Charleston, South Carolina



6 comments:

  1. Looks like my kind of place for sure! Do you know if there is something flowering all year around? Beautiful pics.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Something is always in bloom at Magnolia Plantation. Here is the link to their bloom calendar: http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/bloom_list_january_february.html

      I'm sure you'd love Magnolia!

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  2. We did go to Drayton Hall many years ago and I remember loving it with all the original details, and peeling paint. The camellias weren't really in bloom when we went, so next week it should be beautiful (January…). Wonderful images and travel "guide" here!

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    1. Thanks, Libby. According to Magnolia's bloom calendar, the camellias are really supposed to be in bloom now. Sounds like you will see them, and I was lucky to catch them early!! Enjoy your visit and thanks for stopping by!

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