Camellia Collection

Magnolia Plantation
and Gardens
Charleston, South Carolina

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived more than three centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold.
It is the oldest public tourist site in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region, and among the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1872. The plantation gardens are home to one of the largest collections of camellias in the world, the oldest of which dates to the mid-1800s. Thanks to eleven generations of family commitment, the gardens of Magnolia-on-the-Ashley, including their celebrated Camellia Collection, have stood the test of time, surviving war and natural disaster.


Photo courtesy Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
educational partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

John A. Brooks, Inc. • The Brown Foundation • Charles Butt • The City of Charleston • Barb & George Cochran • Topher Delaney• Jungle Gardens, Inc. • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens • Marc Dutton Irrigation, Inc. • Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation • L. Cary Saurage II Fund • Jeff & Patsy Tarr • Seibert & Rice