Butterfly House Open Daily
Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience
This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Swallowtail, Julia, Buckeye, Queen, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. We will add dozens of other species throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where you can observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. The exhibit is open daily. Tickets are $3 - adults and $2 - children in addition to garden admission for a 30-minute timed visit.
June 6 &7
Our two-day event Art Festival (9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) provides an opportunity to talk with local and regional artists and authors. Brookgreen invites selected artists and authors to sell their works, meet with visitors and give demonstrations. The festival is free with garden admission. More information.
1 p.m. Wednesdays in June
Ron Daise, Vice-president for Creative Education and Gullah descendant, will present an entertaining and informative program about the culture, food, language, and history of the Gullah Geechee people. The program will be in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. “Nottin bot de Rice!” (Nothing but Rice!)
Entertaining and educational, this interactive, cultural game show informs viewers about the rice culture lived and passed down by Gullah Geechee people of the southeastern coastal United States. Each guest becomes a “contestant” who will gain “points” for answering questions about aspects of rice production, Gullah Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia. “Participants may discover they know more about the topics than they have given themselves credit for,” Daise said. “Nonetheless, they will realize how greatly Gullah Geechee culture has impacted the American cultural landscape.”
"Carolina Roots: Works by Sigmund Abeles and Grainger McKoy" May 9 – July 26
This exhibit examines the work of two renowned “Sons of Carolina” having special ties to Brookgreen Gardens: printmaker, painter, and sculptor Sigmund Abeles and sculptor Grainger McKoy. This exhibit is on display in the Jennewein Gallery and is free with garden admission.
"Antebellum Waccamaw: Paintings and Drawings by Emily Esdaile Weston" May 9 – July 26
This collection of pencil and pen and ink drawings and watercolors, dating from the 1840s to the 1860s, was made by Emily Frances Esdaile Weston (1810-1886), the British wife of Plowden C. J. Weston, a 19th century owner of Laurel Hill Plantation, the north section of Brookgreen Gardens’ property. This exhibit is on display in the Noble Gallery and is free with garden admission.
Cool Summer Evenings
Wednesday - Friday, June 10 - August 7
After a day at the beach, visit the gardens in the cool of the evening and enjoy concerts, kids programs, and dinner in the Pavilion Restaurant. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Creek Cruises are $8 in addition to admission.
Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
Saturday, June 13 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Themed "An Evening in Hollywood: Wines from the Movies" our annual wine tasting event will be held in the beautiful and dramatic Live Oak Alleé from 5:30 – 8 p.m. It will feature red and white wines paired with complementary light hors d'oeuvres and as part of this special evening, The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens will host a silent auction. Tickets are limited and include a signature wine glass. Call (843) 235-6016 or go online for reservations - $50 for members and $65 for non-members. (Tickets are non-refundable, unused tickets will be considered a donation to Brookgreen.)
Camp Brookgreen provides one-week activities with an emphasis on connections to the natural world, animals, and art. Summer fun and educational enrichment at Brookgreen Gardens include hands-on activities, zoo and garden exploration, live animal encounters, crafts, games, stories, projects and more. Registration begins Monday, March 16, for members and Monday, March 23, for non-members. Call 843-235-6049 or click here for prices and for more information. Camp Dates - Rising K - 1st grade June 15-19, & 22-26. Arts Camp for rising 6th & 7th grades will be June 29 - July 2. Please see July calendar for other grades.
The Art of Emily Weston
Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
Join Dr. Hal Holmes when he talks about his collection of artworks by Emily Weston the featured artist in our current exhibit. He will include information about the paintings and drawings that are not on view as well as works in the exhibit. His talk is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.