Brookgreen Gardens is pleased to offer several important sculpture exhibitions throughout the year. All exhibits are included in garden admission.

January 23 – April 24
Sandy Scott: A Retrospective

This exhibition examines the 45-year career of renowned animal artist Sandy Scott through her paintings, etchings, drawings, and sculpture. The exhibit opens quietly on January 23. On January 30, Sandy Scott will present a public lecture at 11am in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and there will be a reception for Brookgreen members and sponsors at 5:00 pm in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion where Ms. Scott will give a gallery talk. 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,

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

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). Read more about the exhibit.

August 6 – October 30
National Sculpture Society 83rd Annual Awards Exhibition

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Fourteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People’s Choice Award, determined by the votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens.

Below is the People's Choice Award Winner is "Siesta" by Joshua Tobey


November 25 – January 2, 2017
Art, History, and Horticulture Holiday Exhibits

Brookgreen Gardens’ two indoor holiday exhibits are included in garden admission. "Holiday Memories of Yesteryear: Nostalgia, Beauty, and Fun," builds upon its previous show-stopping displays of electric model trains (both Lionel and American Flyer), period Christmas trees, and other nostalgia from holiday celebrations dating from the Gilded Age to the Mid-1980s. Along with the Lionel train layout, there is a full amusement park in miniature including The Big Dipper, an above-the-track-style wooden roller coaster, and "The Scorpion", an inverted roller coaster (patterned after “Montu” at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL). All of the train landscapes and settings were designed and fabricated by Brookgreen Gardens’ curatorial and exhibits staff. Many of the trains, train structures, and multi-themed holiday villages were the gifts of James Karr, Norman and Judy Miller, Barry L. Stopfel, Barbara Smullen, Bill Mack, Susan Mowry, Pat Podelstany, Sigrid and Michael McHugh.
The Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create another holiday exhibit entitled, "A Forest Sanctuary." The exhibit continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors indoors. Visitors are surrounded with plants from Brookgreen and see first-hand how the beauty of nature can be found in the smallest details.

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