Historic Markers Across South Carolina

French Botanical Garden

Marker ID: SCHM 10-54
Location: on Aviation Road
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 54.035    W 080° 01.779
  32.900583    -80.02965
Style: Free Standing **


French Botanical Garden (10-54) Andre Michaux (1746-1802), botanist to Louis XVI of France, lived here 1786-96. He established a botanicaal garden 300 yards north in order to export native American trees and plants to France. Michaux was the first to import the camellia, crape myrtle, mimosa, parasol tree, and sweet olive to North America and the ginkgo and tea plants to this area. His son closed the garden in 1803.