Brookgreen Gardens SC

Last updated: January 1st, 2024 | Originally published: March 9, 2023
Brookgreen Gardens

One of the most highly regarded sculpture gardens in the United States is Brookgreen Gardens, SC. If you love sprawling botanical arrangements and/or spectacular sculptures, this floral gem is an absolute must-do on the Carolina coast. In this article we’ll cover Brookgreen Gardens history, basic information, and show plenty of Brookgreen Gardens photos.

This estate was founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Huntington. In 1927, at age 51, Anna had developed tuberculosis. They decided to leave NYC due to the harsh winter climate, and those warm South Carolina temperatures became a blessing.

Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens SC

Anna’s work is found all over the world. Here in South Carolina, Anna could focus on her sculptures in a salubrious climate, away from the bustle of the big city.

Today the gardens feature Anna Hyatt Huntington’s work, as well as a vast collection of exhibit figurative sculptures by American artists.

It is one of very few places to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Brookgreen Gardens has also been designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Brookgreen Gardens foundation has collected, conserved, and exhibited plants, animals, and cultural materials from the South Carolina lowcountry.

Their mission is to educate a diverse audience about sculpture, horticulture, and the ecology and history of the lowcountry, and to provide additional artistic and cultural opportunities for the community, (per the website).

Why Should You Visit Brookgreen Gardens SC?

Brookgreen Gardens

The sculptures are amazing and over 500 of them adorn the parked-out, 350-acre setting. It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculptures.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC presents as a museum in a garden. If you are a fan of either you’ll see it is a knockout combination.

Anna Hyatt Huntington and others have created something beyond the sum of its parts, although the totality of the parts is immense and formidable.

Brookgreen Gardens

The ticket you purchase is good for a week. Brookgreen Gardens doesn’t expect you to explore the entirety of their collections in a single day. There is far too much creation to examine.

The variety of the gardens is impressive. The breadth and talent of it all is profound.

Some gardens are formal, like the Palmetto Garden and Poetry Garden. Some are whimsical, like the Old Kitchen, Gretchen’s Garden, and the Rosen Carolina Terrace.

Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens history and photos

If you love oak trees dripping with spanish moss, welcome to paradise. Live Oaks hundreds of years old create a quintessential southern atmosphere all throughout the gardens.

There is also a majestic, wide-open arboretum with well-spaced pieces. Sculptures like the Gazelle Fountain, Time and the Fates of Man sculpture, and Saint James Triad are interesting and easy to find.

Down by the river is a pathway that circles through the untamed acres surrounding the grounds.

What to Know for Visiting Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens history and photos

We recommend you set aside a half-day at minimum. Walking through the sculpture garden by itself takes three or more hours.

First thing you’ll do is pull off the 17 highway (map). A hundred yards down the road you’ll see a sign that says “tickets” and the welcome center will be on your left. Park and purchase your tickets. Get back in your car and drive a short ways further to present your tickets at the gate.

The main parking lot is about a three minute drive from the gate. It is easy to follow the signs. There is plenty of parking available, even for RVs.

Brookgreen Gardens SC

Brookgreen Gardens, SC is open daily from 09:30 – 17:00.

General Admission for adults is $20, Seniors is $18, Children is $10, and kids under 3 are free. Buy tickets here.

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: (843) 235-6000

Bicycles are allowed on hard surfaces. Picnics are allowed in designated areas.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

What Will You See at Brookgreen Gardens SC?

You will not want to miss the sculpture garden. It is the primary reason to visit.

We have listed some of our favorite sections of the gardens:

Diana Pool — A gorgeous statue of the Goddess Diana backdropped by Live Oak Alley.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Live Oak Alley — A canopied path beneath moss-strewn oaks.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Brookgreen Gardens SC

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Rosen Carolina Terrace — Trees and gardens surround a beautiful pond and make for some of the most beautiful on the grounds.

Brown Sculpture Court — A pantheon of statues. Magnificent animals: Moose, Gazelles, Rhinos,etc.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Fountain of the Muses — One of the most famous sculpture arrangements in the park.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Brookgreen Gardens SC history and photos

The Labyrinth on the river — Splendid river setting for a whimsical labyrinth.

What Else Will You See at Brookgreen Gardens SC?

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

The two primary features are the above mentioned sculpture garden and the lowcountry zoo. There are also lakes, galleries, pavilions, learning centers, a restaurant, and miles of scenic pathways.

Remember: You have seven days to explore Brookgreen Gardens, SC.

The Honest Conclusion

Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Brookgreen Gardens SC

Brookgreen Gardens SC is one of the most enchanting places we’ve visited in our USA Travels. The prodigious capacity is awe inspiring and a return trip is probably necessary.

Also, be sure to visit Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park across the road.

Is Brookgreen Gardens worth visiting?

If you are a teenager, perhaps strolling through gardens and reading placards isn’t yet your thing. Our children are no exception. Adults should find this botanical wonderland to be one of the most beautiful settings upon which you’ve laid your eyes.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Brookgreen Gardens history and photos

We hope you enjoyed reading about Brookgreen Gardens with us! Please feel free to peruse other articles, including our Complete Guide to Charleston and the South Carolina Coast.

Thank you for stopping by our website! We are the Hoffmann family, a full-time RV family that has split residence in Seattle, Washington and San Antonio, Texas. We have special needs children that we homeschool, and work travel assignments for the Veteran Affairs Hospital. If you would like to learn more about us, check out our Start Here and Biography pages. In the meantime, God bless and travel happy!

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