Since its founding in 1931, by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen Gardens has been a cultural center for our community.
We hope residents and visitors will take pride in the fact that in their midst is one of America’s premier gardens and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Register of National Historic Places.
Everyday, Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. You may stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens...Ever Changing. Simply Amazing.
See you in the gardens!
President and CEO
In June 2016, Bob Jewell received the Lifetime Acheivement Award from the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, Bob was nominated by the Chamber's Board of Directors and chosen for the prestigious Lifetime of Leadership award because of his significant positive influence on Georgetown County.
Awards and Honors
Named one of the Top 10 Public Gardens in the US by Coastal Living Magazine
Named one of the Top Five Favorite Gardens by readers of Southern Living Magazine
Charlotte Observer named Brookgreen "One of the seven wonders of the Carolinas"
Rated five circles from TripAdvisor reviewers and recipient of their Certificate of Excellence
Rated a Gem Attraction – recommended by AAA
Named one of the 10 Best (attractions in South Carolina) by USA Today
Named “one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach” by AOL Travel
South Carolina Governor’s Cup Tourism Award
South Carolina Non Profit of the Year from the SC Association of Non-Profits
South Carolina Heritage Tourism Award from the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
South Carolina Art Commission – Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award
National Sculpture Society – Herbert Adams Medal for outstanding contribution to American Sculpture
Coastal Carolina University David Drayton Award – Preserving Gullah Culture
Historic Ricefields Association Carolina Gold Award
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – Business Image Award, Excellence in Customer Service Award, and Going Green Award
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce – Excellence in Customer Service Award, Non-Profit of the Year
BROOKGREEN GARDEN MISSION
Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is:
- To collect, conserve and exhibit figurative sculpture by American artists;
- To cultivate a display garden and exhibit sculpture therein;
- To collect, conserve and exhibit the plants, animals and cultural materials of the South Carolina Lowcountry;
- To educate a diverse audience about sculpture, horticulture and the ecology and history of the Lowcountry;
- To provide additional artists and cultural opportunities for members, guests and the community;
- To sustain the institution and all of its assets with visionary leadership, sound management and prudent fiscal policies.
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the few institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.