Cypress Gardens – Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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Azaleas bloom along a sun-dappled path at Cypress Gardens, located near Moncks Corner in Berkeley County. Cypress Gardens was created in 1909 by Benjamin Rufus Kitteredge on the original rice fields of Dean Hall Plantation. Today, the walking paths through the gardens follow the tops of the dikes. Kittredge opened the gardens to the public in 1932.

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Cypress Gardens showcases the unique natural environment of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Below is a photo of cypress knees, or the knobby, woody formations that grow vertically from the cypress tree’s (Taxodium distichum) root system. Scientists still do not know the purpose of knees but suspect they might have multiple uses as a sort of “snorkle,” bringing oxygen to submerged roots, and to anchor the massive trees during storms or even acting as a hedge during such events. While the functions of knees are only hypotheses, their mysterious beauty is synonymous with a cypress swamp.

Cypress Gardens Knees

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170 acres of gardens and swamps are so evocative of South Carolina’s timeless beauty that the property has been used as a set for over 15 movies, including The Patriot, Cold Mountain, The Notebook, and not surprisingly, Swamp Thing.

Cypress Garden Foam Bridge

Sara Dean of Moncks Corner, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The above photo is of a foam bridge that was used as a prop in The Patriot. Visitors to Cypress Gardens can have fun trying to locate the many props that were left in tact after filming.

Cypress Gardens

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Every day except major holidays, visitors can walk along trails which wind through lush gardens or paddle flat-bottomed boats into the swamp for a close-up view of the cypress and tupelo trees, birds, turtles, and sometimes even alligators.

Cypress Gardens Moncks Corner

Sara Dean of Moncks Corner, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

To make a day of it, there’s also a Butterfly House, a Swamparium with live exhibits of fish, amphibians, and reptiles native to the swamp, and a gift shop.

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If you do plan to visit Cypress Gardens, be sure to plan several hours. Its captivating beauty is not to be seen in a rush.

Cypress Gardens Bridge

Sara Dean of Moncks Corner, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cypress Gardens Info

Address: 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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7 Comments about Cypress Gardens

Sue H HuangNo Gravatar says:
October 22nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I visited Cypress Gardens and the Mepkin Abbey in 2012. I will revisit these places again with my daughter this weekend. I loved the beauty of the Gardens and the serenity of the Abbey. Looking forward to my revisit. Sue Huang

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 15th, 2014 at 8:08 am

Hi! There is a website above the map that will likely be able to answer any questions you might have. Have a wonderful visit!

MindyNo Gravatar says:
September 12th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I want to bring my gf there, and I just moved here. Can you send me info? What we can and what we can not do… What we can bring, what we can’t.

R. MarieNo Gravatar says:
June 4th, 2013 at 2:46 pm


DonnaNo Gravatar says:
May 1st, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Would love some more info. Been a few years since we have been here — in fact, the last time was for a wedding!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 27th, 2011 at 8:10 am

Hi Laurie! You can find more information on Cypress Gardens’ official website:

Hope this helps!

Laurie RatliffNo Gravatar says:
September 26th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I would like more information please. Is there any way that something could be mailed to me?


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