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.

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. 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.

Selected Works by Rainey Master Sculptors, 2014-2016
May 7 – July 24

The sculpture of Brookgreen Gardens’ 2014-2016 Sculptors in Residence in the Anne Edens Rainey Master Sculptor Program will be showcased in this exhibition – 2014: Jim Licaretz, FNSS (Philadelphia, PA); 2015: Heidi Wastweet (Albany, CA) and T. D. Kelsey, FNSS (Guthrie, TX); 2016: Peter Rubino (Monroe, NC) and Christopher Smith, FNSS (Philadelphia, PA).

Masquerade at the Muses
Saturday, May 7

The first of the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens annual fund raising events is an elegant party (black-tie optional) in Fountain of the Muses garden. Dress up and wear a mask! Click here for more information.

Gullah Program
1 p.m. Wednesdays in May

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 program will not be held on May 25.

LEGO® Robotic Celebration
May 14

Join us on May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Brookgreen Gardens partners with the South Carolina First LEGO League and the Grand Strand Technology Council to host a Robotics Celebration. See the new exhibit in the Zoo, Nature Connects® Art with LEGO Bricks. Learn how to participate in First LEGO League and improve your FIRST LEGO League Team in sessions such as How to Build a Better Bot. Your team will also be able to start on next season's Animal Allies research project in sessions about the Zoo’s animals. Connect with other teams in the Working Together session when groups will be completing Core Value activities together. There will be plenty of time for a LEGO sculpture scavenger hunt and even time to build your own LEGO Animal. All the events are included in garden admission.

Gallery Talks
May 14, 11 a.m.

Hear our Sculptors-in-Residence talk informally about their work in the exhibit, Five Masters: Selected Works by Rainey Master Sculptors, 2014-2016. The talks are in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and are free with garden admission.

Archaeology “Open House”
Friday, May 27

From 10 am to 2:30 pm, Brookgreen Gardens and Coastal Carolina University will host Archaeology “Open House.” Visitors will have a chance to see the process of the archaeological investigation and learn some of the preliminary findings from the Slave Village area at the former Brookgreen Plantation. The “Open House” is free with garden admission.

Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans
May 28-30

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.

Breakfast with the Butterflies
Saturday, May 28

Take part in a colorful celebration at the Butterfly House and enjoy a delicious catered breakfast buffet and children’s activities and crafts. In addition, all guests will receive a 30 minute-timed admission (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) to Whispering Wings Butterfly House. Children will receive their own pair of butterfly wings to wear and take home.
Ticket Information - Members: Adult $20/Child $15 General public: Adult $25/Child $20 (includes garden admission)
Space is limited. Call (843) 235-6016. Tickets include garden admission, breakfast, admission to Butterfly House, crafts, activities, butterfly wings (one per child) and tote bag for each family.