Magnolia Plantation

October Special Events

Garden Wine Stroll - Spain & Portugal
October 6th from 5pm - 8pm

Garden Wine Stroll - Italy
October 13th from 5pm - 8pm

Garden Vinyasa in the Tropical Conservatory
October 16th from 9 am-10 am

Charleston's Most Visited Plantation

We’re getting some work done

…because who doesn’t need a face lift after 155 years?

"We’re in the middle of some structural repairs and cosmetic upgrades, and we hope you’ll pardon the presence of our team of expert carpenters, plasters, roofers, and painters. Historic renovation requires special attention to detail, and our workers are putting in long hours to make sure this stately old house gets the love and care it deserves. However, our house tour is open and ready for you to enjoy!"

Thank you for your patience as we work to make your experience at Magnolia the best possible!

Welcome to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Magnolia has been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina!

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.


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Magnolia Plantation's Gardens

  Garden of Dreams

William Posey Silva (1859-1948) was a Charleston Renaissance artist. He referred to Magnolia as "The Garden of Dreams" in his paintings of our gardens. Original paintings by Silva hang in the main House.



America’s Last Large-scale Romantic-style Garden

Magnolia Plantation's Gardens

Welcome to Magnolia Gardens. Unlike most of America's gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." - William Wordsworth



Azalea Society of America Azalea Society of America Barbados Horticulture Society


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