Butterfly House Open Daily
Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience
This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Swallowtail, Julia, Buckeye, Queen, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. We will add dozens of other species throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where you can observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. The exhibit is open daily. Tickets are $3 - adults and $2 - children in addition to garden admission for a 30-minute timed visit.
Sculpture Exhibitions - 'Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor' and 'Recent Acquisitions'
January 26 - April 21
Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor, presenting a variety of modeled and carved works by South Carolina artist Willard Hirsch (1905-1982), travels from the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. Recent Acquisitions showcases art and history objects that are new to the Brookgreen collection including several works by Grainger McKoy and Elliot Offner. Both exhibits are located in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and are free with garden admission.
Open Late til 8 in April
All month we have extended hours so you have more time to enjoy the gardens during one of the prettiest times of the year. (Please note we will close at 5 p.m. on April 20).
Thursday, April 18 from 2-3 p.m.
Jane Hirsch, daughter of sculptor Willard Hirsch, will share insights and family stories of her father and his work in an informal presentation with a Q&A session. Her talk will be in the Jennewein gallery where the "Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor" exhibit is on display. Immediately after that, she will sign copies of her full-color book, "Art is a Powerful Language: Willard Hirsch – The Man, the Art."
Sunday Afternoon Poetry Readings in the Poetry Garden
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April throughout the United States. During the month, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year every Sunday afternoon in April, from 2 – 3 p.m., Brookgreen will host a live poetry readings in the Poetry Garden. The emphasis of these readings would be on poems that mention gardens, the spring season, and other aspects of the natural world. We hope you will enjoy the new poetry readings in one of the most beautiful months of the year. Download a pdf. document of the schedule.
“Gullah Geechee-mania GAME ONE”
1 p.m. Wednesdays
An interactive, cultural game show presented by Ron Daise, Vice-President for Creative Education. It informs viewers about the unique Gullah Geechee culture and heritage of the southeastern coastal United States. Each guest becomes a “contestant” who will gain “points” for answering questions about Gullah Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia. “Participants may discover they know more about the topic than they have given themselves credit for,” Daise said. “Nonetheless, they will realize how greatly Gullah Geechee culture has impacted the American cultural landscape.” Free with garden admission. (Please note – the program will not be held April 24.)
Sculpture Talk and Demonstration
Saturday, April 6
Join sculptor-in-residence, Rod Zullo, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium when he will present a program about his work. The talk is free with garden admission.
Dirt 'N Details
Tuesday, April 9
The horticulture department will present a program related to gardening from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. This month, Gary Forrester, Senior Horry County Extension Agent will give the basics of lawn care in Turf 101.The program is free with garden admission.
Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14
One of the most popular events all year, the plantacular sale is a one-stop shopping experience for high-quality plants grown in Brookgreen's greenhouses. Horticulture staff and volunteers are on-hand to give expert advice for all your gardening needs. Come early for the best selection. Here's the list of plants for sale.
Brookgreen en Blanc
Saturday, April 20
Join us for an extraordinary evening celebrating the founders of Brookgreen Gardens, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Their generous contributions and those of many others during the past 82 years have transformed a blank white canvas into the beautiful masterpiece of sculpture, history, horticulture and wildlife that we all cherish today.
Your participation in this elegant celebration with cocktails, dinner and entertainment will help us further Brookgreen’s Mission and preserve this National Historic Landmark for generations to come. For more information on the event, please contact (843)235-6018 or email.
Spring Migration Birding Program - SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 27
Jerry Walls, naturalist and expert birder, will present a Spring Migration Birding Program from 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., that will begin with a classroom session, followed by a field trip to locate species in the woods, and finishing the morning with a birding tour of the Gardens. The program is $15 in addition to garden admission. Advance registration is required for this program by calling (843) 235-6016. Program is limited to 14 participants.
Sunday, April 28
Noted sculptor Greg Wyatt will present a talk from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center about designing the 2013 Brookgreen medal. The talk is free with garden admission.