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.
"Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective"
May 17 – August 3
This is a traveling retrospective exhibit of 48 pieces by Kent Ullberg, widely recognized as one of the world's leading wildlife sculptors. The works give insight into Ullberg's sense of design and mechanics and also include smaller sculptures of unique and delicate beauty. Pieces in the exhibition span from Owl (1969) to Archipenko’s Heron (2004), and include Wind in the Sails, a 1999 stainless steel sculpture that stands in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibit travels from the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ.
Cool Summer Evenings
Wednesday - Friday, June 11 - August 8
After a day at the beach, visit the gardens in the cool of the evening and enjoy concerts, kids programs, and dinner in the Pavilion Restaurant. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Creek Cruises are $8 in addition to admission.
Theodosia Burr Alston History Lecture and Book Signing
Saturday, August 2 at 3 p.m.
Author Rose Tomlin will present a lecture about her new book "Duel of the Heart" where she successfully mined the extensive collection of primary source material about Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr and wife of South Carolina rice planter and governor, Joseph Alston. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Theodosia and South Carolina history. Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission and will be followed by a book signing in Keepsakes.
Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 13, 20 & 27
Join Ron Daise, Brookgreen's Vice-President for Creative Education, author, and historian and learn about the people, language, and culture of the Gullah Geechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Isolated on coastal barriers island their unique culture endures today. Through songs, stories, and audience participation Daise brings the Gullah culture to life and you will leave with a new appreciation and understanding of "Wha E Mean fa Be Gullah!". The program is in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Children’s Activity Days
August 7 - 9 and 14 - 16
Children’s Activity Days will involve crafts and make-and-take activities for 4 to 12-year-olds. The programs will be from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Learning Lab I. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with garden admission.
"National Sculpture Society 81st Annual Awards Exhibition"
August 16 – November 2
The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People’s Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens.
“Into the Wild” Lecture
Tuesday, August 26 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Meet the zookeepers at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens and learn about what goes on behind-the-scenes to keep the animals safe and healthy. The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.