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Steep Yourself In History At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

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Imagine an island oasis filled with tea plants as far as the eye can see, and you’ll get a sense of why Charleston Tea Plantation is such a special part of the Bigelow Tea family. But to truly appreciate this storybook vision brought to life, come visit and steep yourself in tea history!

Tucked away on 127 unspoiled acres on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden and home to American Classic Tea. Visitors are invited to tour the tea garden via trolley, learn about tea production, or even to host a magical wedding amid ancient oak trees and the lush camellia sinensis (tea) plants.

Bigelow Tea purchased the tea garden in 2003, partnering with former owner William Barclay Hall, a third-generation tea taster and tea expert who took over the property in 1987. His expertise in tea growing and production, coupled with Bigelow Tea’s 70 years of experience in the tea business, has ensured the preservation of a historical gem for future generations.

The story of tea growing in America dates to the 1700s, when the first attempts were made to propagate the camellia sinensis plant in South Carolina. Not until 1888, when Dr. Charles Shepard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina, did American-grown tea become a reality. It was Shepard’s plants that were transplanted to a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island in 1963 and thrive there today in 320 varieties.

Check out the Charleston Tea Garden Pinterest page for more engaging stories and photos, and start planning your step back in tea time with a trip to Charleston!

Bigelow Tea Says I Do During National Wedding Month

February is National Wedding Month, and Bigelow Tea thinks that makes it the ideal time to celebrate romance! All month long, whether you’re married, single or in a relationship, you can make this wintry month one filled with warmth and love. So let’s get started!

To begin, why not consider checking out a good old-fashioned romance novel from the public library or your local book shop? This genre of books tends to be full of courtship and passion … and romance novels typically have “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” What’s not to love? We also suggest sipping a spicy tea while reading. Perhaps some Cinnamon Stick?

Also during this wedding-themed month, we think a romantic cocktail is in order! The Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni is absolutely romantic and perfect to drink with someone special. The best part? It is made with our very own White Chocolate Obsession tea!

Now, if you are engaged to be married and are planning a wedding, we have a fantastic little suggestion for you! Our Charleston Tea Garden in South Carolina is a completely romantic and welcoming location for a special weddingAs we noted last year in our blog, weddings at our beautiful tea garden can include a trolley ride through the grounds for your wedding party where you’ll learn about the garden’s history and about growing tea.

So enjoy the month of February and all of the romance it brings! And if you’ll be saying “I Do” this month, or sometime in the near future, we wish you nothing but the best!

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