Promoting conversation and preservation

Founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington were environmental conservationists from the beginning. The over 9000 acres of property ranging from salt marshes to longleaf pine, mixed hardwood, and river bluff forests are part of nature preserve areas that protect over 2,000 species of native plants and a variety of other wildlife, including wild turkeys, fox squirrels, and a multitude of songbirds.

We also actively maintain the longleaf pine forests in the wildlife and nature preserve areas through prescribed burning, which is necessary to the health of the forest and to provide habitats for the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker.

Mr. Huntington designed the ponds and pools in the gardens to connect to the Waccamaw River for natural drainage and irrigation promoting water conservation and recycling.

Our Lowcountry Zoo and Floyd Family Farm exhibit are involved in conserving and preserving threatened wildlife and historically significant domestic animal species.

The Lowcountry Zoo and Horticulture Departments work together to compost animal manure into rich soil for our gardens and reduce animal waste run-off.


Conservation at Brookgreen Gardens - Our Missions

Our mission is rooted in the conservation and restoration of native plants, wildlife, history, and art. Across 9,100 acres of carefully managed land, we nurture habitats and woodlands, and we restore and preserve art and history. Our sanctuary is home to endangered species like the red wolves and red-cockaded woodpecker. Did you know that the red-cockaded woodpecker relies on the longleaf pine ecosystem for survival? We manage 3,000 acres of this vital forest, employing controlled burns to maintain its fire-adapted ecosystem. But that's not all – we're also guardians of the very water that sustains our local community. Every drop in Georgetown County is purified through our dedicated efforts.


Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Daily

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: Free

Children 4-12: $12

Adults 13-64: $22

Seniors 65 & Over: $20


1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina's Hammock Coast