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.
This year, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Friends and, so far, they have hosted two successful events in support of the gardens: An Evening Under the Palmettos on Saturday, May 2nd in the stately Palmetto Garden At Brookgreen and the Silent Auction at the Brookgreen Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 13th in the awe-inspiring Oak Allée. The Friends will host their final celebration of the year, Brew at the Zoo, a craft beer festival featuring over 30 craft beers, delicious food, great entertainment from Bullfrog, and a silent auction and drawings. Animal Ambassadors will be on hand and the Zoo and Butterfly House will stay open late for guests to enjoy.
The Friends have supported a number of projects a 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”. This year’s project is funding the acquisition of “The Peacocks” by Dan Ostermiller and supporting the construction and furnishing of the new Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit building.
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.