A June 2003 trip
to Myrtle Beach by hersplash
Quote: When you are done with the shopping or tired of the beach, take a short drive to Murrell's Inlet and see the spectacular Brookgreen Gardens.
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.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005
Highway 17 South Po Box 3368
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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