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.

South Carolina Gardens

These are the gardens included on the above map.

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