One of the oldest surviving gardens in America, Middleton Place was constructed in the 1740s, when the Forest and Augustan styles were favored in England. Its near contemporaries, and closest English relatives, are Chiswick, Claremont, Rousham and Studley Royal. Middleton Place is an important, beautiful and interesting example. A Camellia garden was begun in the late-eighteenth century and has been extended.

Middleton Place Plantation
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414

I visited this garden in November of 2006 so I only got to see it in its "winter" mode. Even then, you could tell that the bones are there for a beautiful garden once spring comes to this area in later March to April. The rhododendrons and azaleas are probably a great display in among the many pieces of statuary scattered throughout the garden.

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