Brookgreen Gardens

by Kevin May. 31, 2012 2007 views

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. The 9,100-acre (37 km2) property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them, the Lowcountry Zoo, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property.

Brookgreen Gardens was opened in 1932, and is built on four former rice plantations, taking its name from the former Brookgreen Plantation.

Situated on Waccamaw Neck in Georgetown County, South Carolina between the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic coast, it is the country's first public sculpture garden and has the largest collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in an outdoor setting in the world. It is also a nature and historical preserve with a small zoo, and a nature exhibition center.

This was the site of the Brookgreen Plantation mansion. The water seen here serves the entire garden via trenches like the one in the middle-right of the photo.

The inscription we came looking for was the only one obscured by plants…

A Pawleys Island pier

We returned the The Forest in time for sunset, which served as a gentle reminder that our trip must come to an end the next morning.

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