In my world January means everything is frozen solid, and there are no signs of life until April at the earliest, but yesterday we explored the most amazing place I've ever been.
When Dave and I first decided to move to Charleston we met a woman in the airport who recommended that we visit Magnolia - we tucked it away in the back of our minds but didn't really pay much attention. Our bad.
The plantation had a petting zoo of sorts, and we met a best friend - we named him "goose-goose". He followed us around the whole time we were in the enclosure!
Goose-Goose was my favorite, but this goat was DEFINITELY my second favorite. He was hilarious! He gave zero effs. He just chilled, and then threatened a headbutt if anyone got too close. Perfect.
The signs when we came in warned us to keep a safe distance from the peacocks, apparently if they are cornered they will inflict bodily injury. We kept our distance.
We hung out with a few cute white-tailed deer, and a ton of other birds, but then we headed into the actual gardens.
The original two plantation houses burned, so the owner (after the civil war) built the only house he could afford, and it still stands today. The porches are AMAZING.
The Drayton family built the plantation originally before the Revolutionary war, and they still own it today. It is one of the few plantations still owned by its original family. So cool!
Does this not remind you of The Secret Garden? I LOVED that movie when I was younger, so I have to be honest, this place (with the exception of a small pony) was a dream come true.
Spanish moss, adorable red bridges, flowers and berries in January? Yes, this place is perfection.
The history at this place is crazy - there are so many corners we didn't even get to. The writing on this tomb was nearly completely illegible, but it was still beautiful to look at.
We were amazed by how many gorgeous flowers there were actually blooming in January! Here are a couple we found in some of the gardens.
Still feeling crazy Secret Garden vibes here....maybe I'm the only one stuck in a fantasy world wishing I'd been Mary and been sent to my Uncle's mansion in the English countryside....but if not, visit this place and you can imagine you're in her garden!
We didn't actually tour the plantation house (I'd say we didn't have time, but honestly we were just being cheap) but we did walk around the porches.
The opposite side of the plantation had another pond (or swamp...we're not sure) with a gorgeous bridge, plus a formal garden and a hedge maze. The formal garden wasn't it's full self, but we are definitely going back in the spring or summer to see more flowers.
This pretty little path brought us to the "Long White Bridge". I've seen some wedding photos from here and they are amazing. If my wedding hadn't been epic and on the beach in Mexico I might actually be jealous.
The garden had a cute little bench built in between two trees - so of course we used it for a photo-op.
We climbed up the observation tower, but it was honestly one of the less dramatic things on the whole plantation - it only looked out over the old rice fields. At least we checked it out.
The bamboo forest was amazing. People have carved their names into all the stalks in the middle, but the rest of it is so gorgeous. The greens of the leaves on a sunny day are incredible.
Such a perfect, gorgeous day. I can't wait to come back here in the spring and summer and see how much the gardens change! Until next time,
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.