Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina – Simply Spectacular
Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931. It is designed in the shape of a spread winged butterfly. Its 9,200 acres encompass a sculpture museum with 1,200 works of art, a year-round botanical garden with diverse forest swamps, salt marshes, sandy ridges, and tidal swamps, and a Low Country zoo accredited by AZA whose native animals are bred or raised in captivity or arrive there from wildlife rehabilitation centers.
From June 6 through September 4, 2009, Brookwood Gardens opens at 9:30 A. M. and closes at 5:00 P. M with extended hours some evenings. Most of its exhibits are complimentary with admission ($12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children, and under 6 free).
The Welcome Center continuously shows “Gray Oaks of Mystery” and houses “What’s Blooming”, an exhibit of seasonal flowers and plants. It’s a great place to begin. Visitors can elect to take a creek excursion on a 48-foot pontoon boat and tour historic rice fields formerly tended by enslaved Africans. They can explore the Wall Lowcountry Center and see the changes in the land from the time of the Indians through today. They can take the Huntington Sculpture Garden Tour and learn more about the history of the place, the sculpture, the horticulture.
Brookgreen Gardens, a registered National Historical Landmark, is located on U. S. Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island in Georgetown County, South Carolina. I enjoyed my day trip there. Its 250 year old live oaks sets an impressive stage for the various gardens. I invite you to visit with me now a part of fauna, animals, and art I enjoyed so much.