Middleton Place

Come along for some armchair travel with me to Middleton Place, one of my bucket list gardens…

Middleton Place

 

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”.  Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

wouldn’t it be wonderful to visit when the azaleas are blooming…

Middleton Place

or the tulips for that matter…

Middleton Place

 

Located near Charleston, SC,  the main house was constructed in 1705 and became home to the Middleton family in 1741.  It is amazing that it is still cared for today by the same family!

Originally the design incorporated a three building complex overlooking the Ashley River.  This sketch by Countess Paolina Bentivoglio Middleton ( she was Mrs. Arthur Middleton) shows Middleton Place intact…

Middleton Place

The House Museum today is the building called the South Flanker.  It was built as guest quarters and is the only portion of the original buildings to have survived…

Middleton Place

 The main house and North Flanker were burned by Union Troops just two months short of the end of the Civil War.

There is an Inn for overnight accommodations…

Middleton Place

Middleton Place

and I would love to meet the resident peacock…

Middleton Place

let me know if you want to go and I’ll pack a bag…

dog in suitcase

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Comments

  1. I hope heaven looks this great!! Gorgeous photos!

  2. Ingrid taylor says:

    Count me in!!!

  3. Frances Croft says:

    How lovely! What a great trip that would be! Also check out Drayton Hall – we went a few years ago and I fell in love with the house 🙂
    http://www.draytonhall.org/

  4. Debbie Cannon says:

    Have been and it is spectacular! Would love to go again.

  5. Susan Haltom says:

    Next year the Southern Garden History Society will have its annual meeting in Charleston, April 21-24, 2016. Why don’t you come along, if you can wait until then!