Silent Cities – Cemetery Tours
January 2 – March 4, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. The popular excursion ‘Silent Cities’ offers a rare opportunity to travel on back roads to explore cemeteries at Brookgreen and learn 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. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. (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 an alternate excursion.)
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Excursion
January 4 – March 2 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Monday & Wednesday
Travel back roads with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Due to its remote location transportation is by mini-bus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, in addition to garden admission. Purchase tickets at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes.
“Gullah Culture…Remembering While Evolving” Exhibit
January 11 through March 13
Free with garden admission, visitors will have an opportunity to view this exhibit of visual art by Patricia Sabree in Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily. Sabree's art reflects her Gullah experiences growing up on a farm with 15 brothers and sisters in Lake City, SC.
Vibrantly colored and filled with energy, each painting tells a story about Gullah culture and lore. “Love Grows” depicts the work ethic of a woman and child planting vegetables. “Son Raise” showcases the pride of a father and son fishing. And “Before Convenience” portrays the discipline and joy of hard work as a woman cooks on a wood burning stove. Sabree, a resident of Bluffton, SC, says her work provides reminiscences of the deep south. She is owner/operator of Sabree's Authentic Gullah Art Gallery, Savannah, GA; Sabree's Headquarters, Charlotte, NC; and an online gallery at www.sabreesgallery.com.
"Sandy Scott: A Retrospective"
January 23 - April 24, 2016
A major traveling museum exhibition is comprised of a retrospective range of 45 or more sculptures and 35 etchings and drawings. Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970’s and to sculpture in the 1980’s. The exhibit is sponsored by Russell Holliday and Hal Cottingham and produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, davidjwagnerllc.com and is free with garden admission.
Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 11 - March 1
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.
Winter Tea Party
Saturdays and Sundays in February
Warm up a winter day with hot teas and sweet and savory treats.. Seatings are 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6016.
Zookeeper for a Day
Monday, February 15
Guests age 12 and older gain a firsthand look at working in a zoo and spend the day helping zookeepers with their daily routine of feeding, cleaning, and animal care. Registration is $150 and limited to one person. Call 843-235-6049.
Gullah Geechee Program Series
Wednesdays, February 17 and 24
Gullah Geechee-mania!, an interactive cultural game show, will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Presented by Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, the program 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. The program is free with garden admission.
The Reign of Rice Lecture Series
Saturday, February 20
Alphonso Brown, will present “Cultural Beliefs and Practices.” Brown is an author and owner and operator of Gullah Tours, Charleston, SC. His lecture is at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. “The Continuing Evolution of Rice Heritage” is the theme of the 2016 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series.” Programs inform guests about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice.
Black History Month Program “Freedom Songs: From Civil War to Civil Rights”
Saturday, February 27
Natalie Daise will present “Freedom Songs: From Civil War to Civil Rights” – a 60-minute lecture presentation in observance of Black History Month. The program, at 1 p.m., in the the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, is free with garden admission. Reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6049. An interactive, a cappella offering of spirituals, coded message songs and freedom songs, the performance also includes stories about the songs and their meanings. Daise developed the program to celebrate the Civil Rights milestones. Daise, a visual artist, storyteller, and creative catalyst, is also co-star of Nick Jr. TV’s “Gullah Gullah Island” TV series of the 1990s. For more than 20 years, Daise has developed and facilitated interactive learning experiences for educators, students, and audiences in schools, universities, conferences, and other venues, both nationally and regionally. Her accomplishments include: 1997 and 1998 IMAGE Award nominations; 1998 Daytime Emmy nomination; Silver and Gold Parent’s Choice awards; South Carolina’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto; and South Carolina’s Jean Lacy Harris Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art.