November 27 – January 3, 2016
"Holiday Memories: Trains, Trees, and Treasures" Holiday Exhibit
Brookgreen Gardens’ 2015 holiday exhibit theme builds upon its previous show-stopping displays of electric model trains (both Lionel and American Flyer), period Christmas trees, and other nostalgia from holiday celebrations of the Twentieth Century. The exhibits are free with garden admission.
The exhibit is sponsored in part by

“Peace on Earth” is the exhibit theme presented by our horticultural department and its displays represent tranquil and natural settings from around the world. You will be delighted at every turn from the beautiful evergreen forest area and an antique sleigh with a home-made quilt and to Moravian glass stars and crystal icicles,. Look closely for the natural mandalas and find inspiration in the creative and unusual ways to incorporate stumpery in your garden. You may even find a nature-based Saint Nicholas and without a doubt you will find fresh ideas for holiday decorating at your home. This exhibit is sponsored by



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.)

Here's a short video of Silent Cities.



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.

Cooking Demonstrations
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.

Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 9 - February 28

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.

“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

Zookeeper for a Day
Friday, January 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, January 20 and 27

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, January 23

Indigo artist Arianne King Comer, of North Charleston, will present “IBILE: Rice Heritage as a Catalyst for Artistic Expression.” Her lecture is at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. It will include a demonstration and display of fabric and visual art. “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.

"Sandy Scott: A Retrospective"
January 23 - April 24, 2016

A major traveling museum exhibition 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.
Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa,Oklahoma, she works today in Lander, Wyoming in a studio near the foundry that casts her bronzes. She also maintains studios on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, and in the mountains of northern Colorado. Sandy is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish. She has made 16 trips to Alaska and has been to Europe, Russia, China, South America, and Africa to visit the world’s great museums. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. Her work is authentic. She has experienced and lived what she depicts. The exhibit is free with garden admission.