Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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United States of America - South Carolina - Charleston

Institution Code: MAGPG

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s. However, many parts of the gardens are much older, some sections more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added their own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety. Today there are a large variety of flowers blossoming year round, with the climax of incredible beauty building towards the spring bloom.

Main Address:
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
South Carolina 29414 United States of America

Telephone: (800) 367-3517
Fax: (843) 571-5346
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Tom Johnson, Director
    Curator's Name: Miles Beach, Director of Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Miles Beach, Director of Collections

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
  • Date founded: 1870
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 32.8525500
    Longitude: -80.0687110
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:2000 varieties of Camellia japonica, 300 varieties Azalea indica

    Southern Indicas
    Southern Native
    The collection is the largest in the US and approaches 100 thousand specimens.

    Japonicas 25-30 thousand
    Sasanquas 85 hundred
    Reticulatas, Hybrids and other species 250.
    We believe this collection contains more cultivars than any other in the US.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes