January 2 – March 7, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 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) 235-6038. Tickets are non-refundable. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop.(Important Note: the Trekker travels over old Plantation-era dirt roads, which are quite rough and bumpy in many places. If you have a physical condition that may be affected by riding over rough terrain. we suggest you consider other activities to enjoy during your visit.) Here's a short video of the excursion.
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
January 1 – March 7, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
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. 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.
February 22 at 10 a.m. & February 26 at 6 p.m.
We are holding auditions for our 2014 seasonal productions that will require musical and dramatic talent. Semi-professional / experienced actors and vocalists are invited to audition for upcoming productions that will be announced this spring. Be prepared to present the following:
2-minute prepared monologue of your choosing
2 musical selections, one upbeat and one dramatic (no a capella; please bring accompaniment tracks on CD. No live accompanist provided)
Reading from a script provided at audition
No dance required
Appointments are required by calling (843) 235-6029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sojun tu Gullah Geechee,”
January 13 through March 16
A traveling exhibit from the Geechee Kunda Center, Riceboro, GA, will be housed in Learning Lab One of the Wall Lowcountry Center Complex. The exhibit showcases the Gullah Geechee Rice Culture with storyboards, photographs, artifacts, tools, relics, and implements. The exhibit will be on display from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. daily and is free with garden admission.
Sculpture Exhibition - "Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art"
January 25 – April 20
This exhibit explores the history of the horse as subject matter for art in America and showcases important examples of work from the Brookgreen collection by Anna Hyatt Huntington, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Marilyn Newmark, alongside borrowed works by other renowned sculptors and painters of horses. Exhibition is free with garden admission.
Grainger McKoy Presentation with a Jewelry Trunk Show
Saturday, February 1 - This program is full - we can not accept anymore reservations. Reservations are not required for the Trunk Show in Keepsakes.
The sculpture department and Keepsakes will join together to offer a program at 11 a.m. with sculptor, Grainger McKoy in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium followed by a trunk show of his jewelry in Keepsakes. The program is free with garden admission but reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6016.
Winter Tea Party
Saturdays and Sundays
Enjoy tea, sweet and savory treats with friends in the Pavilion Restaurant. Seatings are at 4 p.m. $30 and $23 for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Jessica Harris, Ph.D., Queens College/ CUNY, cookbook author and culinary historian, "Carolina's Gold: The Rice AND The People.” Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6016. The Pavilion Restaurant will offer a lunch special to complement the lecture.
Spring Break Camp Registration Begins
In April, Spring Break Camp provides two days of activities with an emphasis on connections to the natural world, animals, art and having fun! Hours are 10 a.m. - 3p.m. Camp prices are $65 per camper for members of Brookgreen and $80 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required by calling (843) 235-6049. Click here for dates and more information.
4 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 & 26
Learn how to make healthy and flavorful meals for family and friends. $25 and $20 for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 & 26
“Priscilla’s Posse: A simulated press conference about Gullah Heritage” recounts the historic visit in May 2005 of Thomalind Martin Polite (Priscilla’s descendant) of North Charleston to Sierra Leone, West Africa. Through songs, lectures and photographs, Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice President for Creative Education explores the language, foods, crafts, rice production, and the Bunce Island Slave Castle.
“Into the Wild” Lecture
Tuesday, February 25 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Join the zoo staff when they present a talk about baby animals. The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Thursday, February 27 – Frye Classroom from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Become a citizen scientist in this AZA sponsored project. All you need is an interest in frogs. Orientation and materials will be provided so you will be ready to listen when the spring season starts. The program is free with garden admission. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
Children's Discovery Room
Saturdays and Sundays
From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Children's Discovery Room features 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.