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May 14, 2006
From journal Spring in Myrtle Beach Area
by Mint Julep
June 21, 2005
It is really worth spending the whole day there. The gardens are a combination of plantations purchased later by an American sculptor and her husband and converted into the sculpture garden we see today. The gardens are laid out in the shape of a butterfly. It’s a beautiful place full of flowers, sculptures, pools, and fountains. All of the sculptures were done by American artists.
In addition to the gardens, there is a restaurant; gift shop; animal reserve, including bird aviaries; and rice field. There’s a boat tour of the waterway that was used to flood the rice fields. Our tour guide explained how the rice plantation would have been worked during the times of slavery. All in all, it was not only beautiful, but also very informative, relaxing, and a day well spent.
From journal Myrtle Beach - Beyond the Beach and Golf
January 14, 2005
They didn’t have any wheelchairs there, and with acres to cover, I skipped the wildlife and just saw the gardens and sculptures. The sculpture garden covers 50 acres alone, so I suggest bringing your own wheelchair, preferably motorized. If you have trouble walking, plan to see the property on multiple visits.
The grounds were broken up into separate gardens with themed sculptures, like animals, Greek figures, individuals, etc. They were set against perfectly manicured lawns, beautiful flowers in many varieties, and water fountains. You have a map that will guide you through the property, although it wasn’t the easiest to follow.
Of particular interest was the area with the sculptures Pegasus, Diana, and Fountain of the Muses. With the fountains highlighting them, they were perfect to photograph and spectacular to look at. Other notable areas were Live Oak Allée and Palmetto Garden. I suppose it was the clean lines of the design that attracted me. At that end of the property is the Old Kitchen, where I enjoyed a coffee and muffin. Also notable was the sculpture court that contained some very beautiful sculptures in an unusual tunnel-like setting. They do an excellent job with the flowers, having so many varieties and an array of colors. On a sunny day, this place is a photographer’s dream.
There was one exhibit titled "Chairs, Coins and Candlesticks: Sculpture in Everyday Life" offering a perspective of the importance of sculpture in our daily lives. That gave me something to think about, which I guess is usually the goal. This exhibit was a temporary one, which usually stays at the gardens for a few months. Another permanent exhibit titled "Exploring American Sculpture" gives you an interactive lesson on the process of creating a sculpture.
Besides the sculpture garden, Brookgreen Gardens also has native animal habitats and an exhibit called "Domestic Animals of the Plantation." What seemed to be popular was the Creek Excursion aboard the Springfield, which is a 48-foot pontoon boat that takes you on a 1-hour cruise to see alligators and other wildlife. There are also a number of guided tours exploring the sculptures and plants.
At the welcome center you can see a 10-minute introduction video of the property. There is a gift shop on the property and two additional places for food. Your $12 ticket lasts for 7 days, so check out the evening live entertainment schedule for music, dramas, and more.
I hadn’t experienced a lot of sculpture in the art exhibits I’ve seen in the past. I still prefer paintings, but it was fascinating and beautiful nonetheless.
From journal More than Beaches in Myrtle Beach
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From journal Exploring beyond the beaches at Myrtle Beach
Providence, North Carolina
February 5, 2003
You will see 250-year-old live Oaks, ponds and artists set up sketching some of the artwork. There is also a nature walk in the park that has two separate aviaries. One contains herons, ducks and waterfowl and the other contains birds of prey. You walk through and come within feet of bald eagles and red-tail hawks. There is also a pond with three adorable otters that apparently love to entertain all who want to watch.
My husband and I have put this garden on our MUST SEE list any time we are near Pawleys Island (which is 15 minutes south of Myrtle Beach). They have a website: . Enjoy!
From journal Myrtle Beach is great in the Fall too!