I recently visited Middleton Place, a Plantation along the Ashley River, in Charleston, South Carolina. While I explored the oldest landscaped gardens in America, I found myself both in awe of the beauty of what once was and the natural vegetation that is now.
The Role of Water
The role of water was not only important as ornamental lakes, but also vital for the economic life of the plantation. The Middleton’s cultivated rice and to this day, there is still a demonstration Rice Field. Rice was the Low Country’s most important cash crop in the 18th and 19thcenturies. Fun fact: today several small alligators call these ornamental lakes home.