I am pleasantly surprised by and grateful for the level of volunteerism in the Lowcountry. I have seen it through my association with the dedicated volunteers at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Last April, I became Magnolia’s assistant horticulturist and volunteer coordinator. The task list here is long. Since my arrival, we have added azalea seedling test gardens and begun improvements to the Audubon Swamp Garden. We have expanded the historical research and are cataloging and mapping the ancient camellia collection.

Much of this work could not have been accomplished if it had not been for the more than 100 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who are always here to assist. They bring a rich variety of skills and interests to our team.

This volunteer esprit de corps is not limited to Magnolia. I also witnessed it during a recent volunteer fair where I was astounded by the spirit of giving here in the Lowcountry. Hundreds of people attended, willing to offer their time, energy and skills to the different organizations across the Charleston area.

What we do at Magnolia is important to preserve our gardens, but volunteers elsewhere are engaged in far more serious work. They protect abused children and women, comfort the victims of natural disasters, feed the hungry and prepare our youth for productive lives.

Kate White

Magnolia Plantation

and Gardens

Ashley River Road

Charleston