Brookgreen Gardens of South Carolina
Art and nature come together to form one of the most beautiful spectacles in South Carolina at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.
This 9,100-acre expanse is the first public sculpture garden in America, displaying more than 1,400 works by over 350 artists. Featuring precious artwork alongside the breath-taking craftwork of Mother Nature in a Lowcountry Eden, Brookgreen Gardens is a living museum of the manmade and natural creations.
Brookgreen Gardens is the vision of Anna Hyatt Huntington, the wife of Archer Huntington, who was a noted sculptor and naturalist. Her hopes of preserving this precious piece of property while also displaying the works of fellow artists were finally realize in 1931, and Brookgreen Gardens has only blossomed over the years.
The botanical gardens include the scenic Diana Garden, which highlights the beauty of native plants and flowers, and the Live Oak Allee Garden, featuring three-centuries-old live oak trees that have roots back in the colonial days when Brookgreen was a thriving rice plantation.
The Sculpture Garden displays namesake works like the Dorothy P. Peace Garden Room for Children and the Brenda W. Rosen Carolina Terrace Garden, which features perennials, roses and shrubs. The Kitchen Garden, the Palmetto Garden and the Fountain of the Muses Garden help form the layout of butterfly wings.
Speaking of butterflies, the winged beauties are the latest addition to the Lowcountry Nature and Wildlife
Preserve, the only accredited zoo in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Butterfly House allows visitors to get up close and personal with many butterfly species.
The Wildlife Preserve is a favorite among children, particularly the stables where they can pet and feed goats and horses. Take a stroll on the Lowcountry Trail to experience a wide range of native plants and animals, including alligators, otters, and exotic birds in an open-air aviary.
Brookgreen Gardens is located at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC, and is open daily, along with the gift shop and Mother Nature's Cafe. For more information, call 843-235-6000 or visit http://www.brookgreen.org.