South Carolina Gardens


Welcome to our information about public gardens in South Carolina.

South Carolina is home to two of America’s oldest gardens, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Middleton Place, both located in Charleston. Both began on plantations established by families who colonized the region after emigrating here from Barbados in the 1600s.

Because of these deep historical roots, both azaleas and camellias – which originated from Asia – were planted first here before they spread across the Southeast to grace later gardens.

Gardens Map

Please consult the map below for the locations of gardens that we have visited in South Carolina.

Use the search bar to type in a city name or click the upper right circle to find gardens near you. Click on a pin to see the garden name and to launch its information page.

Center map

South Carolina Gardens

These are the gardens included on the above map.

Kalmia Gardens

Kalmia Gardens

A beautiful blend of well-tended gardens and natural woodlands on a high bluff at Coker College, Kalmia Gardens provides both botanical and geologic surprises.
Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

At America's oldest public garden, the romantic gardens of Magnolia Plantation flow through natural woodlands and swamps, with a strong emphasis on azaleas and camellias.
Camellia allee, Middleton Place

Middleton Place

Laid out under a formal landscape architecture plan mirroring European gardens, the gardens of Middleton Place are the oldest of their style in America, started in 1741 by Henry Middleton.

Virtual Tours

Select any photo below to launch a full-screen slideshow of a South Carolina garden. We hope that our images inspire you to visit these gardens when you make your travel plans.

Photography by Sandra Friend, Linda Friend, and John Keatley