The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens is a dynamic group of men and women who have a special interest and commitment to raising additional resources for Brookgreen Gardens. Founded in 1991 with 50 members “to promote and advance Brookgreen Gardens”, the Friends, now with over 100 members, strive to support Brookgreen by hosting exciting events during the year.
The 25th Anniversary of the Friends was celebrated in 2015 with three successful events in support of the gardens: An Evening Under the Palmettos on Saturday, May 2nd in the stately Palmetto Garden at Brookgreen, the Silent Auction at the Brookgreen Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 13th in the awe-inspiring Oak Allée, and their final celebration of the year, Brew at the Zoo, a craft beer festival on Sunday, September 27th. All of the funds raised at these events supported the acquisition of “The Peacocks” by Dan Ostermiller and the construction and furnishing of the new Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit building adjacent to the Brown Sculpture Court. The Friends 2016 events will begin with Masquerade at the Muses, a black tie optional party on May 7, 2016 in the Fountain of the Muses garden; just dress up and wear a mask! Look for more information about the 5th Annual Brew at the Zoo craft beer festival scheduled for September 2016.
The Friends have supported a number of projects at Brookgreen Gardens including the purchase of the tram to transport Brookgreen visitors, funding for the rice field restoration project, support of the Wall Lowcountry Center and the Lowcountry Tail, the Daffodil corridor, the Front Entrance to the gardens, the installation of “Fillies Playing” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at the Welcome Center, the Otter Exhibit – River Basin Retreat, and most recently, the new waterfowl exhibit: “Wings of Migration – Migratory Waterfowl of the Lowcountry”. The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens are always looking for new members who want to join in their mission to support Brookgreen Gardens. Friends of Brookgreen must be members of Brookgreen Gardens at the President’s Council, Chairman’s Council, the Huntington society or the Atalaya Council level.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend, please email Jay Rowe or call (843) 235-6018.