Some magic from Charleston! These beauties were blooming back in February at Magnolia Plantation, and now in April, the azaleas are in full bloom. I don’t know if I will ever stop being amazed at the beauty of Charleston. There is this feeling of old historic stories at places like Magnolia, with whispers of melancholy in the trees.
Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1676, and is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry as well as the oldest public gardens in America. For sure, these gardens have seen some of the best and worst our country has gone through. The Drayton family established Magnolia Plantation, developing great wealth through the cultivation of rice. The gardens were developed in the early 19th century. The owner at that time dedicated himself to the creation of the gardens for his wife, as a way to “create an earthly paradise in which my dear Julia may forever forget Philadelphia and her desire to return there.” Although there are dark chapters of this beautiful place, it is one of America’s last large scale romantic garden. On a February day, when my family back in Connecticut were digging out from the latest snowstorm, this place was like a piece of heaven!