Located in Murrells Inlet, SC, about 18 miles from Myrtle Beach and only 3 miles from Pawleys Island, is Brookgreen Gardens. My mom and I visited there with our girl scout troop when I was twelve or thirteen, and, naturally, it was one of the first places I thought of when planning to visit places around the state. Of course, this means that we went in late summer of 2010 and I’m just now getting around to sharing this with you. Yes, I know that I’m a little slack…er…a lot slack. The being that even a year and a half later, this particular place is worth mentioning.
The gardens were begun by Archer and Anna Huntington– if you’re from SC, then you’ve probably heard of and visited nearby Huntington Island– and they are comprised of over 9,000 acres– yeah, I didn’t type any extra zeros there, either. According to the website, it’s the largest outdoor figurative sculpture garden in the world, and they often hold sculptural workshops– the participation kind. The gardens are impressive with something to see no matter what time of the year it is visited, and there is a zoo and butterfly house as well.
Price-wise, especially if you’ll be in the area for several days on vacation, the gardens are worth the admission price ($14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children) because they are valid for not just a one-day admission, but seven consecutive days admission to the gardens. Given how huge the gardens are and what many sites cost around here, that’s a bargain and a half.
I don’t want to post too many images of the sculptures, they are proprietary and my pictures are for my own personal enjoyment. However, I do want to give you an idea of what you can expect to see if you should visit.
The sculptures begin before you ever really begin to tour the area:
These were from the middle of the sculpture garden area:
The Boy & His Rooster
This one was in the Butterfly house:
The gardens were just stunning. Many of the sculptures could be found scattered through the gardens, but for the most part, the landscape and landscaping simply took my breath away.
Most garden areas began with a walk through thousand-year old oaks
and a step through a not-so-simple gate.
An after you’ve stepped through the gate, all bets are off and you find yourself surrounded by non-stop beauty:
Pools and Statues:
Gates complete with monstrously huge insects:
Can you see it? It’s larger that my mother-in-law’s index finger!
of all shapes,
I’ll be back to show you some more later today.