MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s. However, many parts of the gardens are much older, some sections more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added their own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety. Today there are various varieties of flowers from camellias, daffodils, to azalea’s and countless other species in bloom year round, with the climax of incredible beauty building towards the spring bloom.
We hope that you come and visit us so that you can experience how one family's vision of creating order and beauty in an untamed new world has evolved over the centuries into the magnificent sprawling gardens that the public can enjoy today.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was the sponsor for the First Reggae Jerk Wine & Festival.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE NETWORK
Healthy Lifestyle Network, Inc is a 501c3 organization with a mission to teach self management skills to adults and children to effect lifestyle changes and improve health outcomes.
Programs include, Youth and Adult Healthy Lifestyle Jamboree, Community Health Day both in Charleston., SC the Shelton Project and LifeChance Program in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
HLN conducts the Youth and Adult Healthy Lifestyle Jamboree in May each year. The day is devoted to teaching nutrition and physical activity, starting with a 5K Walk, followed by nutrition seminar, crock pot cook-off, and various indoor and outdoor activities..
Community Health Day Conference and Expo provides education for people with diabetes or those at risk for getting diabetes. It is held the first Saturday in November to launch National Diabetes Day. The sessions are conducted by health professionals and allow participants to interact with doctors in a less formal atmosphere and avoid the white coat syndrome.
The Shelton Project is conducted in Jamaica and has two components. The first is a Four Prong Program that involves the Infant and Basic School Children. The prongs are:
Environment- teaching the children to plant trees, flowers, vegetables, to conserve natural resources and minimize our carbon footprint.
Nutrition - teaching healthy food choices and the concept of eating what you plant.
Reading- encourage reading by establishing libraries in all the schools. The students are allowed to read before, and after school while waiting to be picked up and during class upon completion of assignment with the teacher's permission . The Reading Mother Volunteer reads to children before and after school.
Physical Activity- by teaching the children to play football (soccer) and forming an Infant Basic School Little League and having an annual tournament.
LifeChance - this program provides vocational training to enable self employment, empowering the women to improve their financial situation.
Women and girls conference, "You are Royalty, Sparkle, and Shine," designed to educate and bring awareness to the offenses and prevention of childhood sexual abuse. The goal of this event is to restore dignity to the victims; empower women and girls to speak up and break the silence; provide hope, healing and the promise of a better tomorrow.
Healthy Lifestyle Network also conducts a Darkness to Light training on the awareness and prevention of childhood sexual abuse for leaders of the Port Antonio community.