Silent Cities – Cemetery Tours
January 4 – 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.)
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Excursion
January 4 – 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.
"Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land"
January 12 – March 22, 2015
A traveling pictorial exhibit from McKissick Museum of the University of Columbia, 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.
"Environmental Impact" Exhibit
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.
Gullah Geechee Program
1 p.m. Wednesdays in March
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. The Spring Season presentation will be “Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout,” a concert of songs and readings. On March 18, guest lecturer, Richard Dwight Porcher, Jr. will present a special program (details below).
Spring Break Camp
Reserve your space now for Spring Break Camp Brookgreen. Call 235-6049 (Members $65; Non-members $80). Camp hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dates are March 30 – 31 for Horry County K-1 students and April 1 - 2 for 2nd - 3rd graders. Georgetown County dates are April 6-7 for K-1 students and April 8 - 9 for 2nd - 3rd graders. More information.
Saturday, March 7
Join the zoo keepers for a fun and interactive day with our playful River Otters. There will be craft tables with color sheets, word finds, masks, and more. Storybook reading and an Otter Birthday Party with cake and ice pops for otters and keeper talk as the otters unwrap their presents. Mother Nature’s Café Tour and Meet the Animals programs will be available and all activities are included in garden admission.
“Gullah Geechee Program Series”
1 p.m. on March 18
Guest speaker, Richard Dwight Porcher, Jr., will give a lecture presentation will be about his book, The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice, An Illustrated History of Innovations in the Lowcountry Rice Kingdom, which he co-authored with William Robert Judd (USC Press). Copies will be available for sale.
Porcher is professor emeritus at the Citadel and adjunct professor of biological sciences at Clemson University. Judd—a self-taught draftsman, artist, archaeologist, and historian—is retired from the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The presentation is free with Garden admission; however, seating is limited. Call 843-235-6016.
Reign of Rice lecture Series
Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.
Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, will present “Rice Beyond the Fields: Examining the Dwellings of the Growers.” McGill has spent nights at several former rice growing plantations such as: Magnolia, Middleton, Mansfield, Hopsewee, Frienfield, and Hobcaw Barony. He will have spent a night under the stars at Hampton Plantation a week prior to the lecture and will be coming in from a sleepover and morning program at Laurelwood Plantation in Eastover, SC. The program is free with garden admission, reserved seating is required by calling (843) 235-6016.
Summer Camp Brookgreen Registration -begins March 16 for members and March 23 for non-members. More information.
'Diggin It' Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 21
Members and guests will have an entire day of programs and talks when you can interact with some of the top gardening experts in the Southeast and Brookgreen's horticulture staff. The event is free with garden admission.