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Bigelow Tea’s Hidden Treasure: The Charleston Tea Plantation

Monday, June 18th, 2012

We want to share a hidden treasure with you. Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina may not necessarily be on your travel radar, but since you are tea lovers, we thought we’d tell you a little secret: in the heart of South Carolina’s low country, right off the coast, this island is home to our Charleston Tea Plantation!

Sitting on 127 acres of pristine grounds of farmland, our tea garden (the largest in the United States) is a rare gem indeed. This prized spot includes beautiful Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working tea factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shop.  Perhaps best of all, the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our one and only American Classic Teas!

The method of making tea is quite fascinating and thanks to ABC News4 you get a firsthand view of the process.

Whether you get to Wadmalaw Island for the First Flush FesTEAval (a celebration of the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest) next year, or you arrive later in the growing season, our Charleston Tea Plantation is a one-of-a-kind experience … and we do hope you’ll venture there soon!

Romance – Always in Bloom at the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

February is the perfect time to indulge your inner romantic, especially if a wedding is in your future. With Valentine’s Day on the 14th and February designated National Wedding Month, inspiration abounds to help you express your unique romantic style.

Ultimately, a romantic wedding is in the details – those that celebrate your love story, not a hearts-and-flowers cliché. Think shared passions, favorite foods and a setting that reflects your vibe as a couple. Here at Bigelow Tea, we can’t think of a more romantic place to say “I do” than our own Charleston Tea Plantation, home of America’s only tea garden. This special place, tucked away on 127 unspoiled acres on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina Low country, is where Jackie and Tyler exchanged vows in a ceremony that Charleston called “rustic-chic.” The lush and tranquil grounds served as the perfect backdrop for the nuptials of these two horse lovers, who met as carriage drivers in historic downtown Charleston.

Spark your imagination with this video tour of the Plantation. Whether you choose a simple ceremony under the majestic “wedding tree” or a more dramatic celebration amid the endless rows of tea blossoms, romance is sure to be in the air! Guests will find plenty to do, from a trolley ride explaining the Plantation’s fascinating history and how American Classic Teas are produced, to wine tasting at Irvin-House Vineyards, Charleston’s only domestic winery.  If you’re planning a spring wedding, antique lovers will appreciate Charleston’s annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 17 – April 16, 2011, offering a rare glimpse inside of some of America’s most beautiful historic homes.

With your wedding plans now under control, grab a cup of tea and relax.  In the spirit of romance, we suggest Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea shared with someone special!

Bigelow Tea Is Pleased to Highlight The New Charleston Tea Plantation Website

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

A working tea garden is not something many of us are familiar with, so we at Bigelow Tea wanted to share our newly designed web site for the Charleston Tea Plantation. Here you will discover acres and acres of beautiful tea plants, take a tour the Tea Factory, and even browse the charming Plantation Gift Shop.

Learn about America’s only Tea Garden, which is representative of gracious, civilized living, just like the aroma and flavor of a hot cup of Bigelow Tea! No surprise that Bigelow Tea’s plantation is in South Carolina – renowned for gracious living.

Also on our site you can learn about the trolley tour of the grounds at the Charleston Tea Plantation, with all its beauty and heritage. And for a taste of what it’s all about, please feel welcome to join Cindi Bigelow on a short video tour of America’s only Tea Garden, right now! (Please wait until the vehicle has come to a complete stop before leaving this page!)


And who knows? With all information packed into this website, maybe you’ll start planning a road trip this summer to the Charleston Tea Plantation, home of the delicious American Classic Teas!

It’s Finally Here! Bigelow Tea Invites You To The First Flush FesTEAval At Our Charleston Tea Plantation!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The time is now! Bigelow Tea invites you to bring the entire family to Wadmalaw Island this Sunday, May 16th from 11:00AM to 6:00PM to celebrate the beginning of the 2010 tea harvest at the Charleston Tea Plantation. All tea lovers will want to be there as the Charleston Tea Plantation and The Bridge at 105.5 present the 4th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

‘First flush’ is all about the tender, new tea leaves that are plucked in the first growing season of each year. It’s a celebration of spring, a celebration of life, and a celebration of all things tea. But you can count on this unique festival to provide even more than recognizing the first harvest at our Tea Garden (the only working Tea Garden in the country). Aside from learning first-hand how our tea is produced at the plantation factory, you can also enjoy music, food, trolley rides through the picturesque fields, and simply sitting back and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. Bring your blanket!

This year again, the music is a fantastic lineup of recording artists. Check out Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cory Chisel, Crowfield, and Mark Bryan (multi-platinum and Grammy award winning guitarist/songwriter for Hootie & The Blowfish). All will perform along with the Chucktown Music Group, Amber Caparas, John Wesley Satterfield, and Mac Leaphart. Add all to all of that entertainment to the games and fun just for the kids, the delectable local cuisine and complimentary iced American Classic First Flush Tea served all day long, and you know there’s something or everyone!

We look forward to seeing you Sunday at Wadmalaw Island! Don’t miss the chance to join us in celebrating the start of American Classic tea’s harvest season, and have a great day with Bigelow Tea!

Constant Comment® Story Contest Winner Enjoys A Special Visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Constant Comment Story Winner Debora Dickinson (left) and dear friend, Helen (right)

As far back as I can remember, my mother bought Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea…
We would sometimes sit out on our outside front porch in the summer when everything was rich and green and the morning doves were cooing, crickets were noisy and read a good book savoring our CC tea…”

~ Debora Dickinson

A mother and daughter…tea and tenderness…they were the inspiration for Debora Dickinson’s poignant Constant Comment® story, which won her a special trip for two to the exquisite home of American Classic Tea – the Charleston Tea Plantation, on historic Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Debora brought along her dear friend, Helen, and they enjoyed a three-night stay at the charming French Quarter Inn, in the heart of downtown Charleston. They sampled local restaurants and shops and soaked up the sites of historic Charleston. The icing on the cake was their personalized tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, led by world-renowned tea taster and tea maker, Bill Hall.

The enchanting tea garden is so beautiful in the springtime, such an ideal venue for weddings, anniversaries or Mother’s Day. For Debora, the trip was a celebration of her mother and the memories of moments they shared over cups of Constant Comment®. Her lovely story resonated with all of us at Bigelow Tea because Constant Comment® was created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow and her legacy has been passed down now for generations.

As a family owned company we proudly commemorate our 65th anniversary in business, and most especially, Bigelow Tea’s founding mother. We remember all the times that we too, as a family, shared life and love over cups of Constant Comment®.  We’re proud to provide a product that satisfies all of our customer’s expectations, and plays such an important part in their lives.

Charleston Tea Plantation Ushers in New Harvest Season with 4th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A Celebration of America’s Largest Tea Garden

Fairfield, CT, May 4, 2010 – Nothing says SustainabiliTEA like the beginning of the 2010 crop harvest in America’s largest tea garden! To celebrate the new harvest, Bigelow Tea’s very own Charleston Tea Plantation, in collaboration with The Bridge at 105.5, will host the 4th Annual First Flush FesTEAval on Sunday, May 16th, 2010, 11am – 6pm. The event is a fun-filled, one-of-a-kind “island celebration” – attracting residents and visitors from Charleston and surrounding areas to the charming Wadmalaw Island. Festivities will include live music, local art, trolley rides, mouthwatering cuisine and, of course, plenty American Classic Tea!

The First Flush FesTEAval, named for the tea garden’s “first flush” of new growth harvested in the spring after a winter’s rest, is an exuberant celebration honoring the production of the most singular and splendid cup of tea! American Classic Tea is harvested from the Camellia Sinensis tea plants, lovingly grown on the plantation’s 127 acres.

“We look forward to this event each year as we gather to celebrate a new season of tea in our exquisite tea garden. Of course, the real host of this occasion is Mother Nature, herself! We’re thankful for her bounty and toast to her while sipping American Classic Tea,” said Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea.

For more FesTEAval info, visit

About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category 65 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 100 varieties of flavored, traditional, green tea, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas– including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®.” Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website (  Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s Tea Talk blog, Facebook page and Twitter profile.


Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea

Valorie Luther
Creative Concepts
866.475.5191 x709

Say “I Do” at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Friday, April 16th, 2010

“Then, we shall walk through dusty lanes
And pause beneath low-hanging boughs,
And there, while soft-hued beauty reigns
We’ll make our vows

(Oliver Jenkins, Love Autumnal)

The Season of Love is upon us once again! As couples begin to plan the intricate details of their wedding days, the first question they face is “When?” That being decided, the most pressing issue is “Where?” We’ve all heard the expression, “Location. Location. Location.” Wedding planners sing in unison that venue is everything!  The romantics at Bigelow Tea couldn’t agree more…Saveur feels the same way. It just so happens that we have the most idyllic setting for the perfect summer or autumn wedding: our very own breathtaking Charleston Tea Plantation.


America’s only tea garden is nestled on the charming and secluded Wadmalaw Island, a short distance from Charleston, South Carolina. The Plantation welcomes the beginning of a new harvest season with millions of tea blossoms and thousands of butterflies decorating the fields.  It is a picturesque setting for bride and groom to share a formal afternoon tea with guests, or listen to the sound of rustling leaves while sipping a refreshing glasses of Constant Comment® and Plantation Mint® Iced Tea.


Take advantage of this extraordinary tea garden where warm and knowledgeable staff will help make your special day one to remember. Celebrate everything Tea with a bridal tea party for just the girls. The Charleston Tea Plantation’s secret recipe is really quite simple: combine purity of nature and the delightfully fresh American Classic Tea with Southern hospitality and charm. Exquisite memories are waiting to be made. See more wedding events information on our new Tea Garden web site and say “I do!”



Monday, March 22nd, 2010




March 22, 2010-Wadmalaw Island, SC- The Charleston Tea Plantation and The Bridge at 105.5 are pleased to announce the musical line up for the 4th annual First Flush FesTEAval to be held on SUNDAY, May 16, 2010 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  This year’s headliner is Warner Brothers recording artist Robert Randolph & the Family Band.  The event will also feature musical entertainment from national recording artist Cory Chisel and homegrown Bridge artist Crowfield.

In addition to the main stage, Mark Bryan’s Chucktown Music Group will be showcasing local acoustic artists including Amber Caparas, John Wesley Satterfield, Mac Leaphart and Mark Bryan himself.  Bryan, the multi-platinum and Grammy award winning guitarist/songwriter for Hootie & the Blowfish, is thrilled to present some of the area’s top local musical talents at this year’s First Flush.

Dedicated to the commencement of the 2010 crop harvest, the First Flush FesTEAval is a celebration of America’s ONLY tea garden and its popular product line, American Classic Tea.  The festival name, First Flush, is defined as the growth of new leaves on the tea plants in the spring time after a winter of rest. Their “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh, and amazing cup of tea.  However, the festival is not just about tea!  Residents from Charleston and all neighboring towns trek to picturesque Wadmalaw Island to enjoy music, entertainment, art, and local cuisine.  This year’s vendors include M&C Catering (Mike’s Boiled Peanuts), T&T’s Original Kettle Korn, Irvin House Vineyard, the Folly Beach Artist Guild and many more, as well as fun games for the kids like the spider jump and jump castle.  It is undoubtedly an event for all ages…Fun for the whole family!

The Bridge at 105.5 has played an important role in growing the First Flush FesTEAval into one of the best music events on the 2010 calendar.  “This station event combines a great location with talent that has gotten better every year.  The show has become our most anticipated event.  I’ve been fielding calls about the 2010 First Flush since December” says The Bridge Operations Manager Mike Allen.  Adds Music Director Joel Frank, “There is not a better place to be in the spring time than at the Charleston Tea Plantation!  The community feeling of the First Flush works perfectly with our drive to provide Charleston with the best music, live and on the radio.  A day of Gospel, Blues, Rock N Roll and fresh local tea is what spring time in the Lowcountry is all about.”

Come experience the beauty and charm of the Charleston Tea Plantation, American’s ONLY tea garden!  Learn first-hand how tea is made during an informative Factory Tour, take an enjoyable Trolley Ride through the tea fields and help yourself to all of the FREE iced American Classic First Flush Tea you can drink.

Advance tickets are available for special low prices online at The first 1,055 individual tickets will be sold for $10.  After those are gone or starting April 1st ticket prices will be $15 and starting May 1st ticket prices will go up to $20.  They will also be available for $25 on the day of the event at the Plantation entrance. Call 843-559-0383 or check out and for more details. Kids 6 and under get in FREE.  Buy your tickets today…They are going fast and this event can sell out!

*Production and staging for the event will be provided by Other Brother Entertainment.*

The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, the ONLY tea grown and produced in America.  Located on Wadmalaw Island, the Plantation grounds include 127 acres of  Camellia Sinensis tea plants, an operating tea factory, and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe, where visitors can purchase  numerous varieties of American Classic Tea.  Also available to guest s is an adventurous and  educational Trolley Ride, which tours the grounds while telling the story of the Plantation and its ongoing effort to produce American grown tea. For additional information, please visit or call 843-559-0383.

February 12 at the Charleston Tea Plantation: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The staff at the Charleston Tea Plantation could not believe it! The day started off with reports of heavy to moderate snow fall across the northern part of South Carolina. However, before the day’s end, it became more and more evident that snow was definitely coming to the Lowcountry.

Even though the tea farm had seen snow flurries before, it had not received this much accumulated snow on its grounds in almost 20 years.

In fact, this was the first time since 1989, the winter following Hurricane Hugo, that the Charleston Tea Plantation has been blanketed in snow…and what a site it was! Seeing the Camellia Sinensis plants completely covered in snow was unbelievably surreal.

No worries, though. Even though the plants thrive on the typically subtropical climate of Wadmalaw Island, they were not harmed by the unexpected snow fall.  As veteran tea tester and plantation partner Bill Hall explained, the tea plant is dormant in winter.  If anything, snow actually insulates the plant against cold, bitter winds.

What tea plants DON’T like is to stay below 32 degrees for a week. But since the temperature in Charleston rises above 32 degrees every day, there’s no concern. We’ve had tea plants on the island since 1799 and they’re doing just fine.

The Charleston Tea Plantation did lose power, but luckily it happened after hours and was restored before our brave guests arrived the next morning.

For those who got to see the winter wonderland of tea plants, you should know just how rare this occurrence truly was!

Cara Valentine
Business Manager
The Charleston Tea Plantation

Join Cindi Bigelow on a Video Tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

A little Southern hospitality goes a long way in South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island, home of America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation. Cindi Bigelow gives a fun and informative video tour of the idyllic plantation, purchased by the Bigelow family in 2003.

The plantation receives over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom are curious to see a real, unique tea garden – in all its 127-acre splendor – and perhaps want to plan their weddings/special events on the grounds or to explore the rich history of Charleston or to simply just enjoy a lovely a cup of the plantation’s signature American Classic Tea.