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Bold, Beautiful and Brilliant: Brookgreen at 90

Bold, Beautiful and Brilliant: Brookgreen at 90

Thu, December 9, 2021 by Hatton Gravely, Director of Philanthropy | in Botanical Gardens


90 years ago, Archer Huntington and Anna Hyatt Huntington had a vision.  Today we are rewarded with their commitment to restoring and preserving this Lowcountry landscape, including the breath taking Live Oaks, Magnolias and Boxwoods.  The Huntingtons created a butterfly-shaped landscape plan around integral garden components, building garden walls and pools, uncovering plants, and scouting new species. Brookgreen Gardens, throughout 2021 – our 90th anniversary year, has shown us its particular and unique beauty during each season.

Spring 2021 brought warm-season plantings to the Gardens complete with an infusion of color and our team of horticulturalists took over social media to share photos and videos highlighting garden features at Brookgreen.

wildflowers at Brookgreen Gardens

During Summer, colorful perennials enriched the landscape of the Gullah Geechee Gaardin, plants were in full bloom in the Upper Left-Wing welcoming pollinators support our healthy ecosystem, and special tours and lectures provided opportunities to learn more about Brookgreen’s water gardens. We introduced a wildflower meadow in the Arboretum to help promote how using native plants to replace large expanses of turf help with water and soil conservation and the preservation of bees and other important beneficial insects.

Acer rubrum 'PNI 0268' (October Glory®) fall foliage

In the Fall, Bethea’s Garden transitioned from warm season to cool-season crops, wildflower mowing took place in the Arboretum, and Poinsettias arrived to be grown for our Nights of a Thousand Candles holiday displays.

With your support, we will continue to grow our garden spaces for public enjoyment and expand our missions of education, conservation, and preservation. There is still time to make a meaningful gift to Brookgreen Gardens this year-end.

Please consider making your contribution to the 2021 Annual Fund by December 31, 2021

It is easy to donate:

GIVE NOW by using the link included by 11:59 p.m., December 31, 2021

Call (843) 979-6076 by 4 p.m., December 31, 2021 (credit card required)

Mail your gift to Brookgreen Gardens: P.O. Box 3368 Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (Envelopes must be postmarked by December 31, 2021, to count toward the 2021 tax year)

Thank you for your generosity in helping to preserve this National Historic Landmark!

Make a donation online


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Hours:  9:30AM - 5:00PM everyday

For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen. Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days
Children 3 and under
Children 4-12
Adults 13-64
Seniors 65 & Over


1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

on South Carolina's Hammock Coast