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The best camellias in the world are right around the corner

Provided by Herb Fraizer, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The best camellias in South Carolina are located at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been awarded the prestigious Camellia Garden of Excellence with honors by the International Camellia Society (ICS).

The award was announced recently during the ICS biennial congress in Chuxiong, China. Magnolia is the fifth garden in the United States, the only garden in South Carolina, and one of eighteen gardens worldwide to receive the honor since the first award was given in 2001.

Tom Johnson, director of gardens, said the honor validates Magnolia’s on-going effort to collect and preserve ancient varieties of camellias to restore the gardens to the style envision by the Rev. John Grimke Drayton.

Miles Beach, director of Magnolia’s Camellia Collection, and a team of master gardener volunteers have spent the last three years developing the camellia collection to meet the strict requirements to receive the award.

Johnson said the work by Beach and the master gardeners made it possible for Magnolia to garner the honor.

Magnolia has twenty-five thousand camellias growing throughout the gardens, making it one of the largest camellia collections in the world.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, Charleston, SC. For more info call 571-1266 or visit

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