WELCOME TO BROOKGREEN
In April, National Garden Month, Tripadvisor compiled its list of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the United States based on traveler’s reviews and opinions and Brookgreen Gardens was named as one of their choices. The list features gardens from coast to coast, so nature lovers across the country can enjoy an amazing botanical experience.
We were delighted to be recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top public gardens in the country. It is indicative of the garden’s long-standing commitment to excellence, in all that it does. For 83 years, Brookgreen Gardens has been an inspiration, refuge and retreat 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 we pledge to keep it ever changing, simply amazing.’
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Brookgreen Gardens is delighted to offer this online resource for our visitors. We invite you to take a closer look and discover the sculpture, gardens, history, and zoo that are all found at this special place.
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the few places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Association 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
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 owl-eyes from more than 500 TripAdvisor reviewers
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 thing 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.