The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens was founded in 1991 with 50 members “to promote and advance Brookgreen Gardens.” Now with over 100 members, the Friends includes men and women who have a special interest and commitment to raising additional resources for Brookgreen Gardens.

This year, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Friends Spring fundraising event and we are planning to make it our best and most memorable event yet. Our premier event, An Evening Under the Palmettos, will be held on Saturday, May 2, in the stately Palmetto Garden at Brookgreen. Proceeds from this elegant celebration with cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, entertainment, and silent auction further Brookgreen’s Mission and preserve this National Historic Landmark for generations to come. The Friends will also host Brew at the Zoo, a craft beer festival at Brookgreen Gardens' Lowcountry Zoo, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The Friends have supported a number of projects at Brookgreen Gardens including sculpture acquisitions, restoration of the Dogwood Garden, the purchase of a tram to transport Brookgreen visitors, funding for the rice field restoration project, support of the Wall Lowcountry Center, the Lowcountry Trial, the Daffodil Corridor, the front entrance to the Gardens, and the Otter Exhibit – River Basin Retreat. This year’s project is the Waterfowl: Wings of Migration exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo.

Friends of Brookgreen Gardens must be members of the President’s Council, the Chairman’s Council, the Huntington Society or the Atalaya Council.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend, please email Jay Rowe or call (843) 235-6018.