Silent Cities – Cemetery Tours
January 3 – March 5, 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.)
Here's a short video of Silent Cities.
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Excursion
January 5 – March 4 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.
4 p.m. Tuesdays in January
A three-course meal is presented and served to guests while our chef explains the dishes and gives professional tips on food preparation. The chef will answer any questions you have about to make healthy and delicious meals for your family and friends. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Please call (843) 235-6016 reservations are required.
"Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land"
January 12 – March 22, 2015
A traveling pictorial exhibit from McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina, will be on display daily from 12 – 4:30 p.m. Curated by photo documentarian Vennie Deas Moore, the exhibit takes the viewer on a journey into the lives of individuals and families on Sandy Island, SC, one of three Gullah Geechee communities that remain accessible only by boat. The photographic collection, created in 1997, offers new interpretive text and historical artifacts that present an “insider’s” unromantic view of a place and people seldom seen. It portrays the interconnectedness of culture, the value of work, a sense of stewardship of the land, and the symbiotic relation between the long time black and white cultures.
Returning to Sandy Island: 20 years Later
Saturday, January 24
Vennie Deas Moore will present a lecture about the exhibit at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. A guided tour of the exhibit will follow. The program is free with garden admission.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 28, February 18, 25, and March 4
“Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout” by Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, offers a concert of songs and readings about the importance of Gullah Geechee culture, history, beliefs, and crafts 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.
January 31 - April 26
Brookgreen Gardens will host Environmental Impact, a cutting edge art exhibition that is touring museums throughout the United States. The purpose of the exhibition is two-fold: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who choose to focus their art on local and global environmental issues; and 2) to heighten public awareness and concern about the degradation of diverse environments. The exhibition is on view daily in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and is free with garden admission. More information.