January 1 – February 28, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 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) 235-6042. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes.
Here's a short video of Silent Cities. Enjoy!
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
January 2 – March 1, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
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 which departs on the hour from 12 noon until 3 p.m. 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.
'Dirt 'N Details'
Tuesday, January 8
Horticulture program from 12 - 1 p.m. Free with garden admission
3 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 & 23
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.
January 9 Cooking Demo
Garden vegetable soup (shoe string vegetables)
Margarita chicken over brown rice with black bean and corn salsa
January 23 Cooking Demo
Asian salad with fried noodles topped with cilantro dressing
Stuffed pork loin with garlic couscous with diced sweet potatoes
Banana pound cake topped with ice cream
'Down by the Riverside and Other Spirituals"
Wednesdays, January 16
A new 50-minute program will be presented by Ron Daise at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and is free with garden admission.
Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 12 - March 3
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.
'Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community' Exhibit
Monday, January 14 - Friday, March 1
This exhibit, on loan from the Avery Research Center in Charleston, is a culmination of more than twenty-seven years of relationships between the Center and sweetgrass basket makers. The “Sweetgrass” exhibit acknowledges the African-American heritage of the baskets and its makers, with a primary focus on how and why the baskets were used in the Lowcountry and the shift from utility to art. The exhibit is free with garden admission.
'Faces of Clay, Echoes of Africa'
1 p.m. Saturday, January 26
Mark Newell and April Hynes will present information which documents research about the descendants of “The Wanderer,” the last slave ship to journey to America in 1868 with 400 enslaved captives from Congo who began producing face jug pottery. This cultural bond connects Gullah Geechee and West African communities. Their talk is free with garden admission.
FrogWatch Listening Training
Thursday, January 24
Become a citizen scientist in this AZA sponsored project. All you need is an interest in frogs. Free with garden admission.
Sculpture Exhibitions - 'Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor' and 'Recent Acquisitions'
January 26 - April 21
Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor, presenting a variety of modeled and carved works by South Carolina artist Willard Hirsch (1905-1982), travels from the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. Recent Acquisitions showcases art and history objects that are new to the Brookgreen collection including several works by Grainger McKoy and Elliot Offner. Both exhibits are located in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and are free with garden admission.