May 2021 - June 2022
Brookgreen Gardens, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, announced an exciting lineup of events today. Special exhibitions, events, and new exhibits will highlight a visit to America’s first public sculpture garden this summer.
Wild Bees will feature a collection of stunning macro photographs depicting the world of America’s native bees, by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman. Sharp and Eatman are co-authors of the highly regarded website Wild Bees of New York, the culmination of a three-year project tracking and photographing more than 120 northeastern bee species. Supported by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, the project focused on bees of New York’s Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, an experimental farmland with orchards, vegetable gardens, and apiaries. The exhibit will be on display in the Noble Gallery of the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion daily.
In support of all wild bees and pollinators, earlier this year, Brookgreen Garden’s horticulture staff planted over three acres of wildflowers in the arboretum. This summer, those flowers will begin to bloom creating a new experience for visitors to enjoy. The wildflowers will not only attract beneficial pollinators, but also provide visual interest and variety to the existing turf.
The premier annual exhibition of American figurative sculpture will return once again to Brookgreen Gardens. Featuring the work of American masters alongside rising stars, the National Sculpture Society’s annual awards exhibition presents the finest in contemporary figurative sculpture. Visitors to Brookgreen Gardens will vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award which is announced at the conclusion of the exhibit. The award winners will travel to New York City for an exhibit in the National Sculpture Society headquarters. Brookgreen is the only venue for the full exhibition, and it will be on display daily in the Rosen Galleries.
Curated by Cookie Washington, this annual juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from across the country. The 14th installment of this traveling exhibition features fiber art pieces from 23 artists who were challenged to create a pictorial fiber artwork interpreting the Adinkra symbol of Sankofa, and its associated proverb to “reach back and get it.” The Sankofa images are a reminder to use the wisdom of the past to aid one in the present moment. The artists were asked to include one Sankofa in each artwork. The exhibit will feature 27 pieces of art, including three dolls and 24 quilts/wall hangings. Exhibiting artists include Aisha Lumumba, Carolyn Brackat, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, Janette Holland, Edith Gross, Joyce Daniels, and Renee Fleuranges-Valdes. The exhibit will be on display in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium daily from noon - 4:30 p.m.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Brookgreen Gardens will exhibit Thomas Schomberg’s series of sculptures portraying the feelings of horror, anguish, and loss following the events of the attacks on America involving the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Schomberg says, “this column series I have been focusing on over the last several years is a collection of metamorphic figures that can be best described as individual vignettes of emotion. Each sculpture, encompassing one to four figures, is the embodiment of separate and unique emotions…These works are giving me a unique opportunity in my career to thoroughly explore the human condition as influenced by historical events.” The exhibit will be on display in the Rosen Galleries daily.
Summer Light: Art by Night, an after-hours event series, allows guests special access to the botanical gardens at night. Backdropped by newly created light art installations and live music, the event begins June 9 and continues Wednesdays through Saturdays until Aug. 21. Nine illuminated installations will be exhibited throughout the sculpture gardens and arboretum. In the Rosen Galleries, a pianist will play nightly on Anna Hyatt Huntington’s baby grand piano. On the lawn near the Pegasus sculpture, live music will be performed each night by various bands throughout the summer. A variety of food and beverage options will be available throughout the gardens.
Bring your family heirlooms (furniture, quilts and textiles, china, silver, jewelry, coins), archival material (photographs, portraits, books, letters, ledgers, receipts, maps, charts), antique weapons, and historic and pre-historic artifacts, especially those that relate to the history of South Carolina. We will photograph them, create an objects database, and provide an opportunity for you to lend them for a future exhibition. Experts will be on hand to identify your objects. Guests are welcome to stop in and view this interesting event. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium.
Brookgreen Gardens will once again come to life amid the soft glow of millions of sparkling lights during the annual Nights of a Thousand Candles event series. Tickets for this beloved event will launch on July 1. For 20 nights, visitors can get in the holiday spirit by walking the garden pathways with a warm cup of cider, listening to the sound of holiday music, and viewing the mesmerizing light displays throughout the gardens.
This fall, Brookgreen Gardens will bring back their beloved tribute concert for four nights of music from The Beatles. Recognized as the most influential band of all time, The Beatles music will be performed by the Here Comes the Sun Band. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. A special VIP ticket is $100.
New Spanish Goat Exhibit
Brookgreen Gardens has welcomed multiple litters of baby goats this Spring. Beginning this summer, Brookgreen’s popular Spanish Goats are view in a new exhibit near the Floyd Domestic Animals exhibit, where other historic rare-breed animals are housed today.
Coming soon - Red Wolf exhibit
In April 2020, Brookgreen Gardens received a grant from the Conservation Centers for a Species Survival (C2S2) and USFWS Recovery Challenge to help add a Red Wolf habitat to Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo, part of Brookgreen’s Zoo master plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2007. This habitat will include breeding space to assist the efforts of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) to expand the population of Red Wolves in North America.