Spring is in the air in Charleston! Warm breezes, sunny afternoons and flowers blooming around every corner remind us why Charleston is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. Besides the waterways and beaches, Charleston’s historic gardens are a sight to behold during the Spring season. Come with us to explore some of Charleston’s most breathtaking historic gardens.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Easily the most well-known of Charleston’s historic gardens, Magnolia Plantation has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation opened to the public in 1870. In present time, thousands of visitors enjoy exploring the picturesque grounds and gardens.
Charles Towne Landing. Designated as a State Historic Site, Charles Towne Landing was where the first English settlers to reach present-day South Carolina landed in 1670. In addition to a Visitor’s Center and a 17th century replica sailing ship, the site boasts 80 acres of gardens with a breathtaking live oak alley.
Cypress Gardens. This stunning 170-acre preserve was originally part of the c. 1750 Dean Hall rice plantation. The gardens have gained attention over the years for hosting more than 16 major movies and television series. Opened to the public in 1932, Cypress Gardens features an incredible array of plantings, flowers, and wildlife that can be viewed from foot paths or flat-bottomed boats.
White Point Garden. Located at the very tip of the Charleston peninsula, White Point Garden offers panoramic views of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. Opened to the public in 1837, the park features a gazebo, an impressive display of Civil War cannons, and several monuments and statues. White Point Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy Charleston’s history and culture under the shade of stunning live oak trees.
Washington Square Garden. Tucked behind City Hall at the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets in downtown Charleston, it’s easy to miss this charming garden behind its tall wrought iron fence draped in green vines. Its brick walls and plantings were installed in 1881 and today Washington Square Garden offers a welcome shady place for visitors and locals to enjoy.
Charleston Parks Conservancy