Aiken is a city in South Carolina.
Drive about 20 minutes to Redcliffe State Historic Site, beautiful plantation home and grounds. Tours on the hour. Incredible Tree Collection.
Great Plant Nurseries in the area: look for: specialty woody shrubs at Nurseries Caroliniana, outside of North Augusta. Native plants at Woodlanders in Downtown Aiken. Crinum lilies near Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island 
Funny Fried Fish Place, great fried bream, in the back parking lot of the Baptist Church on Hwy 278 in Beech Island, SC (lushlifegarden.com)