January 2 – March 7, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. - Ride on the Trekker down back roads and explore cemeteries, the Silent Cities at Brookgreen. Walk through former slaves and plantation owner 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 Silent Cities. Enjoy!
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
January 1 – March 7, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 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.
“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.
4 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 & 22
Learn how to make healthy and flavorful meals for family and friends. $25 per person and $20 per person for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 11 - March 2
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.
'Dirt 'N Details'
Tuesday, January 14
Horticulture program from 12 - 1 p.m. Free with garden admission
“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Saturday January 18 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Edda Fields-Black, Ph.D., author, researcher, “The Work of Our Hands: Mangrove Rice Production in Coastal Guinea.” Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 & 29
“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
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.