My Day at Magnolia Plantation

This past Friday was the annual National Public Gardens Day, and my pastor’s wife and I went out to Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the afternoon. It was a hot day, and the azaleas the gardens are best known for were well past their flowering; but we still found beauty everywhere we walked. I took quite a few pictures, including the one above of what is probably the most photographed garden bridge, especially when surrounded by blooming azaleas. It’s still gorgeous even without the flowers. Of all the pictures I took, I entered five of them in the National Public Gardens Day photo contest. (Deadline to enter is May 15, so don’t forget to upload your pictures.) Although I won’t tell you which pictures I entered, you can take a look at

Magnolia Plantation was a working plantation up to the Civil War, and is still owned by descendents of the original family. During Reconstruction, the family expanded the gardens and opened them up to the public with one male slave in particular responsible for the beauty the public came to see. Today, a descendent of that slave is still managing the gardens at Magnolia Plantation!

The property is situated along the Ashley River and is quintessential Charleston with live oaks, cypress, and Spanish moss.

Scene from the famous white bridge at Magnolia Plantation

View from the famous white bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Opposing view from white bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Opposing view from the famous white bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Tree covered with Spanish moss at Magnolia Plantation

Tree covered with Spanish moss at Magnolia Plantation

Red bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Red bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Cypress knees

Cypress knees

There was quite a bit of  animal life on the grounds, some domesticated and some wild.

Male peacock

Male peacock

When I took the picture below, I thought it was just scenery. However, when I looked at it at home, I noticed a “bump” on the fallen tree. How could I have missed that??

Wildlife at Magnolia Plantation ~ can you see it?

Wildlife at Magnolia Plantation ~ can you see it?

Alligator resting on a fallen tree

Alligator resting on a fallen tree

The gardens were full of manicured hedge rows, statues, and stunning flowers.

Garden statue at Magnolia Plantation

Garden statue at Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia blossom

Magnolia blossom

Foxglove

Foxglove

Calla lily

Calla lily

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Lillies

Lilies

Pink orchids

Pink orchids

Striped orchids

Striped orchids

If you’re ever in the Charleston, SC area, be sure to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – especially in the spring. And take lots of pictures. It’ll be a Charleston memory worth sharing.

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