January 2 – March 7, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 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) 235-6038. Tickets are non-refundable. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop. (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 other activities to enjoy during your visit)
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
January 1 – March 7, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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. 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.
Sculpture Exhibition - "Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art"
January 25 – April 27
This exhibit explores the history of the horse as subject matter for art in America and showcases important examples of work from the Brookgreen collection by Anna Hyatt Huntington, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Marilyn Newmark, alongside borrowed works by other renowned sculptors and painters of horses. Exhibition is free with garden admission.
“Sojun tu Gullah Geechee,”
January 13 through March 16
A traveling exhibit from the Geechee Kunda Center, Riceboro, GA, will be housed in Learning Lab One of the Wall Lowcountry Center Complex. The exhibit showcases the Gullah Geechee Rice Culture with storyboards, photographs, artifacts, tools, relics, and implements. The exhibit will be on display from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. daily and is free with garden admission.
Saturday, March 1
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.
Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 4 p.m.
Learn how to make healthy and flavorful meals for family and friends. Cooking demo will be held in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and tickets are $25 per person and $20 for members. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesdays
“Priscilla’s Posse: A simulated press conference about Gullah Heritage” recounts the historic visit in May 2005 of Thomalind Martin Polite (Priscilla’s descendant) of North Charleston to Sierra Leone, West Africa. Through songs, lectures and photographs, Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice President for Creative Education explores the language, foods, crafts, rice production, and the Bunce Island Slave Castle.
“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Saturday, March 15 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Louis Nelson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and International Programs in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia will present “Carolina Gold” an examination of Carolina rice culture and history through surviving art and material culture. The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Camp Brookgreen Registration Begins
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. Sessions are for rising 2nd - 12th graders. Registration begins Monday, March 17, for members and Monday, March 24, for non-members. Call 843-235-6049 for more information.
'Diggin It' Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 22
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. Here's the list of speakers and activities for the event.
Children's Butterfly Activity Afternoon
Sunday, March 30, 1 - 4 p.m.
At the Butterfly House and the Enchanted Storybook Forest, kids will enjoy a preview of the butterfly exhibit along with finger-painting, coloring, story-book reading, and craft-making activities. All are designed to be fun and engaging ways to learn about butterflies and why they are not only very pretty but are very important to our environment. They will also learn why Monarch Butterflies need our help. Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to winter in Mexico and California then return home in the spring. The monarch migration is one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by the loss of habitat of milkweed plants which are essential host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults. Since 2012, Brookgreen Gardens has been a certified Monarch Waystation and we will have information available on how you can make a difference by creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation in your own yard. To support this important conservation effort, FREE milkweed seed packets will be given to the first 200 guests who visit the butterfly exhibit. We are offering 15-minute visits the day of the event for $1.00 per person.