March 5 – September 5
Brookgreen Gardens will host 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children’s author, “Nature Connects” is an award winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost a half million LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot tall hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long giant dragonfly, and more. The exhibit will be open daily and is included in garden admission. More information.
“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 www.sabreesgallery.com.
"Sandy Scott: A Retrospective"
January 23 - April 24, 2016
A major traveling museum 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. The exhibit is sponsored by Russell Holliday and Hal Cottingham and produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, davidjwagnerllc.com and is free with garden admission.
The Reign of Rice Lecture Series
Saturday, March 12
Melissa Cooper, Ph.D., will conclude the Reign of Rice series with “Women’s Work: Gendering the Gullah Experience in the Fields and in the National Imagination.” Cooper is Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Southern Studies, USC, Columbia.Her lecture is at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. “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.
'Diggin It' Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 19
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.
Sculptor in Residence Peter Rubino Public Demonstration
Tuesday, March 22
Join Peter Rubino for a clay modeling demo and talk about his art in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium at 3 pm. The program is free with garden admission.
Saturday, March 26
Enter the enchanted world of Peter Rabbit and His Friends, as delightful characters in Beatrix Potter’s classic tales come alive in a garden full of surprises, treats, and fun. Come face-to-face with such favorites as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Tom Kitten! Enjoy activities and games and explore a maze in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Limited reservations are now available for this members-only event that begins at 9:30 a.m. with check-in at the Welcome Center Arcade and continues until 11:30 a.m. The Old Kitchen will serve à la carte morning snacks. Peter Rabbit and His Friends will join in the fun and pose for lots of photos, so
bring your basket and dress up for this special morning. Call (843) 235-6016 to make your reservation early as this event sells out quickly. Each child is $15 (ages 12 and under, please).
Spring Break Camp Brookgreen
Kids from K-3rd grade enjoy two days of Camp that includes nature exploration, crafts, games, projects, and live animal encounters! Please call (843) 235-6049 or click here for more information!
Zookeeper for a Day- Tuesday, March 29
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.