A Living Museum
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC
I’ve been hearing about Brookgreen Gardens’ beautiful scenery and interesting sculptures for months. With all the hype, I figured there was no way the Gardens could live up to my expectations. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
From the moment you see this gorgeous gem from Highway 17, you are captivated by the grand sculpture at its entrance that just touches on the beauty that no doubt awaits. On your first step into the Gardens, you’ll find elegant tree-lined paths, colorful flowers, immaculately kept bushes and shrubs, and classic Southern gates and brick walls. It’s a feast for the eyes that also shares just a little hint of what lies in this historic site’s past.
Aside from the beauty of the flora, there is also a carefully curated and maintained sculpture collection which is the largest outdoor collection in America. From expressive fountains to mythical creatures to literary characters, the Gardens’ sculptures are as versatile as they are interesting.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the Gardens also boast the E. Craig Wall, Jr. Lowcountry Center, where the area’s history comes to life, and a natural Zoo, where paths through the woods showcase such creatures as playful river otters, rehabilitated birds of prey, and animals indigenous to the Lowcountry.
Brookgreen Gardens is a must see for any visitor to the Grand Strand area and can be enjoyed at any age.