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.
An Evening Under the Palmettos
Saturday, May 3
The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens has a well deserved reputation for their exceptional fundraising events. This year, An Evening Under the Palmettos, will continue this tradition.
Located in the stately Palmetto Garden, this elegant black-tie occasion will feature cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, entertainment and a very limited silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and art that will add another layer of excitement to the evening. Tickets are limited ($175 per person) and can be purchased by contacting The Friends of Brookgreen office, 843-235-6018. Proceeds from "An Evening Under the Palmettos" will go to help create the Waterfowl: Wings of Migration exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo. Over the past 20 years, The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens has raised over $2.4 million for Brookgreen Gardens projects through its fundraising events.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesdays May 7, 14 & 21
“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.
Thursday, May 8 - Lowcountry Center Auditorium from 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Become a citizen scientist in this AZA sponsored project. All you need is an interest in frogs. Orientation and materials will be provided so you will be ready to listen when the spring season starts. The program is free with garden admission. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
May 17 – August 3
"Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective"
This is a traveling retrospective exhibit of 48 pieces by Kent Ullberg, widely recognized as one of the world's leading wildlife sculptors. The works give insight into Ullberg's sense of design and mechanics and also include smaller sculptures of unique and delicate beauty. Pieces in the exhibition span from Owl (1969) to Archipenko’s Heron (2004), and include Wind in the Sails, a 1999 stainless steel sculpture that stands in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibit travels from the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ.
Cooking Demo: Cook Out Tips
Friday, May 23 at 4 p.m.
Chef Carlton will demonstrate proper grilling techniques. Program will be in the Lowcountry Center Shed. No food is provided and the program is free with garden admission.
“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
Vennie Deas Moore, photographer/documentarian, about current archeological dig on Hampton Plantation, “Descendants’ Voices of the Santee Delta.” Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans
Brookgreen staff and volunteers will place flags throughout the gardens at patriotic sculpture and sculpture created by veterans. Printed information about these artists and their work is available at the Welcome Center.
Brookgreen Gardens 5K/One Mile Race
Sunday, May 25 - 6:30 p.m.
.Join us for a unique evening race at the historic and beautiful Brookgreen Gardens. The race will begin at 6 p.m. and will wind through the Gardens at dusk. Please check back soon for more information.