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.

The group's 2014 spring fund raising event, An Evening Under the Palmettos was held on Saturday, May 3. 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 27, 2014.

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. To become a Friend, an individual must be nominated by a member of the Friends and approved by Brookgreen Gardens’ Board of Trustees.For more information please email Jay Rowe or call (843) 235-6018.