Spring is the most favorite season for many people, especially gardeners, so it’s no surprise that Brookgreen Gardens has so many events going on at this time of the year. If you’re in the area it’s worth the short drive south to Murrells Inlet to check out Brookgreen Gardens and walk the grounds or take in some of the lecture series.
With a busy year round calendar Brookgreen always has something going on so. Following are their events for April 2014.
“Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” Sculpture Exhibition
Through April 27
This exhibit explores the history of the horse as subject matter for art in America and showcases important examples of work from the Brookgreen collection by Anna Hyatt Huntington, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Marilyn Newmark, alongside borrowed works by other renowned sculptors and painters of horses. Exhibition is free with garden admission.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesdays through April
“Priscilla’s Posse: A simulated press conference about Gullah Heritage” recounts the historic visit in May 2005 of Thomalind Martin Polite (Priscilla’s descendant) of North Charleston to Sierra Leone, West Africa. Through songs, lectures and photographs, Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice President for Creative Education explores the language, foods, crafts, rice production, and the Bunce Island Slave Castle.
Saturday, April 5 – Lowcountry Center Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
Become a citizen scientist in this AZA sponsored project. All you need is an interest in frogs. Orientation and materials will be provided so you will be ready to listen when the spring season starts. The program is free with garden admission. Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.
Sunday, April 6
Join sculptor-in-residence, Jim Licaretz, from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium when he will present a program about his work. The talk is free with garden admission.
Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13
One of the most popular events all year, the plantacular sale is a one-stop shopping experience for high-quality plants grown in Brookgreen’s greenhouses. Horticulture staff and volunteers are on-hand to give expert advice for all your gardening needs. Come early for the best selection.
Spring Break Camp
In April, Spring Break Camp provides two days of activities with an emphasis on connections to the natural world, animals, art and having fun! Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Camp prices are $65 per camper for members of Brookgreen and $80 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required by calling (843) 235-6049.
“Into the Wild” Lecture
Tuesday, April 22 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Join the zoo staff when they present a talk about butterfly conservation. The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Saturday, April 26 1 p.m.
Andrew Agha, archeologist, Archeological Research Collective, Charleston, SC, “The Archeology of Rice: Digging for the Roots of Cultivation.” Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.
Sunday, April 27
Designing the 2014 Brookgreen Medal by sculptor, John Sisko. Welcome Center Conference Room, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free with garden admission.
Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, and $7 for children 4-12 years of age. You can save $1 on each ticket by purchasing them online here.