The morning sky was beautiful as we set out to see the Magnolia Plantation's Gardens. The vast garden was developed by John Drayton. A few years after he assumed ownership of Magnolia Plantation he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. His doctor suggested he get outdoors and work his land as a way to improve his health. This was in the late1830's or early 1840's.
Also, according to his writings, John Drayton wanted to create an earthly paradise in which his wife- his "dear Julia" may forever forget Philadelphia and her desire to return there.
And what was developed over the years was indeed heavenly. A Reverend and man of deep gratitude for nature, he worked to make a place that would inspire worship. Through wars, hurricanes, and rebuilding- the gardens have endured.
A picture is worth a thousand words- so for you nature lovers, it's picture time!
|The Plantation has been in here since 1680|
|This main house is the third to stand here, the first destroyed by lightening, the second burned by General Sherman's troops during the Civil War.|
|Spanish Moss over one of the many swamp areas. Prior to the Civil War the marsh's were used to grow rice, so once were called the "Gold Coast".|
|A cannon ball from the Civil War now graces the front stairway.|
|The Ashley river graces part of the Plantation gardens|
|Statues are strategically placed throughout|
|Cypress nubs from Cypress roots|
|The overhanging tree reflects in the water's edge.|
|Quiet beauty seemed to be everywhere I pointed my camera!|
|Flowering bushes were everywhere- with more waiting to bloom|
|This was an interesting variety to the solid colors.|
|Many of the walkways had a canopy of green!|
|One of the many different shades of flowers here! Beautiful!|
|My friend Jan walks under a trellis of wisteria vines. In another month, these vines will be laden with beautiful purple blooms!|
|Jan on one of the many bridges.|
|The reflection of this bridge in the water almost gives it a double decker appearance.|
|We stopped for a picnic lunch on this lookout tower.|
|This area was the more structured English style garden|
|This bridge seems to be built around a tree|
|This bridge led to an Oriental area|
|A portion of the bamboo forest|
|This is so pretty, it almost looks like a painting!|
|Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi. Can you see the bird on his shoulder?|
|That's me looking rather out of focus, saying goodbye after a wonderful day of natures beauty!|