Silent Cities – Cemetery Tours -
January 7 - March 3, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 12 noon & 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. Reservations are suggested; please call (843) 235-6016. Based on availability tickets amy also be purchased 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. (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 9 - March 1 on Monday & Wednesday at 11 am & 1 pm
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. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, in addition to garden admission. Based on availablity, tickets may also be purchased 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.
New Education Exhibit
January 9 through March 12
“Shine On, Gullah. Shine On.” an exhibit of Story Quilts, Fabric Collages, and Prints by Fabric Chronicler Dorothy Montgomery of Charleston, is displayed 12-4:30 p.m. daily in Learning Lab I at the Wall Lowcountry Center from. Free with garden admission.
January 28 – April 16
Life in the American West is on display daily in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and is included in garden admission.
Dr. Seuss Day
March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, a nationwide celebration called “Read across America Day” occurs. Brookgreen hosts “Reading Day” on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and families are invited to come together to enjoy a read aloud of books. Children and adults are encouraged to dress like their favorite book characters. Activities end with a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The program is free with garden admission. For more information, contact Stephanie Atkinson, Coordinator for Nature Education Development, at (843)235-6055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reign of Rice Lecture Series
Michele Moore, author of “The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston,” presents “We Geechee, Too: Shared Language, Food ways, Beliefs.” Her book by Story River Books of USC Press is the story of two working class families, one black and one white, which each is impacted by Gullah Geechee heritage. Copies will be available for sale afterward.
'Diggin It' Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 25
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.
The public is invited to a lecture by Sculptor in Residence Alicia Ponzio. The program is at 3 pm in the Lowcountry Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Week-long camp provides 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, cragts, games, stories, projects and more. Sessions are for rising k-7th graders. Call 843-235-6049 for more information.