Magnolia Gardens

Friday, June 6, 2014

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If there's one thing our trip to Charleston taught me, it's this: there's a certain charm and beauty to the low country of South Carolina. Nature thrives in the warm, humid climate and there seems to be a certain 'peace' and stillness about everything.

Magnolia Gardens is a particularly special example of this serenity. Not only is Magnolia the oldest public garden site in America, it's also the first plantation to grow azaleas outdoors. Magnolia has the largest collection of Indica azaleas in the U.S! They are so beautiful. When we were planning our trip, this was one of my top 'must-see' attractions. I couldn't wait to get here and believe me, it didn't disappoint! 
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^ Ben and I standing on the white bridge ^
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I think one thing that makes Magnolia so beautiful is the moss that grows abundantly on all of the oak trees. It's so unique and really makes for some great photography!

Along with touring the gardens, we also took a train tour around the grounds and surrounding swamp area. It was so cool to see lots of alligators, cranes, and other wildlife that we don't have here in Michigan. :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Ben and I are going to visit our local downtown summer festival this weekend and hopefully share an elephant ear (or two). And naturally, I'll drag him on the ferris wheel for at least one ride. It's so fun after the sun sets and everything's lit up!
PS- Look for the retro swimwear giveaway next week! Wink, wink.

Outfit:
Dress: Kohls
Shoes: Audrey Brooke for DSW
Hat: Vintage
Necklace: c/o Suzie Studios

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