January 1 – February 28, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m.
Ride on the new Trekker down back roads and explore cemeteries, the Silent Cities at Brookgreen. Walk through former slaves and plantation owners’ graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets are $15 in addition to garden admission for this two-hour excursion and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Reservations are suggested; please call (843) 235-6042. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Here's a short video of the excursion.
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
January 2 – March 1, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Through interpretive panels along this walking trail learn about the history of The Oaks Plantation and see archaeological sites that include the footprints of the plantation owner’s house, kitchen the overseer’s house, and the enslaved African village. Transportation to The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail is only by mini-bus which departs on the hour from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes.
'Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community' Exhibit
Monday, January 14 - Friday, March 1
This exhibit, on loan from the Avery Research Center in Charleston, is a culmination of more than twenty-seven years of relationships between the Center and sweetgrass basket makers. The “Sweetgrass” exhibit acknowledges the African-American heritage of the baskets and its makers, with a primary focus on how and why the baskets were used in the Lowcountry and the shift from utility to art. The exhibit is free with garden admission. Here is a short video of the highlights of the exhibit.
Winter Tea Party
Saturday, February 2, 9, 16, & 23
Enjoy tea, sweet and savory treats with friends in the Pavilion Restaurant. Seatings are 3:30 & 4 p.m. $30 and $23 for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
3 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 & 20
Learn how to make healthy and flavorful meals for family and friends. $25 and $20 for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
FrogWatch Listening Training
Thursday, February 7
Become a citizen scientist in this AZA sponsored project. All you need is an interest in frogs. Free with garden admission
Thursday, February 7
Jane Hirsch will speak about her father's work and the exhibition "Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor". Her talk will be at 2 p.m. in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion followed by book signing at Keepsakes 3 p.m.
'Dirt 'N Details'
Tuesday, February 12
Horticulture program from 12 - 1 p.m. Free with garden admission
Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 12 - March 3
From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Children's Discovery Room features seven interactive stations for children ages 4 – 12 that afford opportunities to learn about the rich history, nature, and art at Brookgreen Gardens. Free with garden admission. In March, the Children’s Discovery Room will open daily.
'Down by the Riverside and Other Spirituals'
Wednesday, February 20 & 27
A new 50-minute program will be presented by Ron Daise at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and is free with garden admission.
Black History Month Program- SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Natalie Daise will present her moving program, "Becoming Harriet Tubman", in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The program is free with garden admission but reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6016.
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.