Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 571-1266

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been recognized as one of America’s most beautiful gardens. It is one of the few in the world to be designated an International Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia is the oldest garden in America. As one of the parks and nature preserves on the Ashley River, it is the oldest public attraction in the South Carolina Lowcountry, opening its gates in the 1870s for Charleston tours as the top “Things to Do.” Magnolia’s horticultural collections include more than 1,100 species of camellias with 35,000 plants in the ground. Equally outstanding is the azalea collection, splashing acres of color across a long season of springtime blooms. Summer, fall, winter and spring, there is always something blooming at Magnolia.

A diverse offering of tours at Magnolia include the Main House, consisting of the personal possession of one of Charleston’s founding families. Boehm porcelain and prints by Catesby and Audubon (who collected on the grounds) is represented in a house tour. Other tours at this historical site include the Audubon Swamp, nature boat cruise, tram ride around the nature preserves and an award-winning “Slavery to Freedom” presentation in African-American history.

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  •  3550 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina 29414, Charleston County
    20 July 2019 until 20 July 2019
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    On Saturday, July 20th, 200,000 ladybugs will be released in the gardens in an effort to help control other small, more harmful insects such as aphids and scale insects.
  •  3550 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina 29414, Charleston County
    14 September 2019 until 14 September 2019
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    Magnolia’s first ever Butterfly Festival will delight all as we celebrate butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators!
  •  3550 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina 29414, Charleston County
    12 October 2019 until 13 October 2019
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    Magnolia’s “Autumn on the Ashley” Arts and Craft Fair is back again!
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3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29414

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Opening hours

Monday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

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