Best Winter Garden Tour

Camellia Garden at Magnolia Plantation

Staff Pick

We're suckers for camellias. We love how they bloom in winter, we're dazzled by the sheer variety of species, and we unabashedly geek out over the flowers' arcane names and botanical lineages. And while Magnolia Gardens and Plantation is named after another well-known Southern flower, we're smitten with their enormous and historic camellia garden, which is in the midst of a years-long restoration and revitalization. If you go, ask for a tour from garden director Tom Johnson, who will regale you with romantic stories about the garden's past and its Edenic ideals. If Tom doesn't make a camellia believer out of you, no one will.
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