Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival

Posted on 10/06/2014

One of the area's most loved attractions, Brookgreen Gardens held their annual Fall Festival this weekend in Murrells Inlet.  Combining art and history, Brookgreen Gardens is truly an awe-inspiring place for all ages.  Kids especially love the Lowcountry Zoo!



If you go to Brookgreen Gardens without walking through the enclosed aviary, you're missing out.  But be careful where you step... This little trouble maker waits for people to walk by under him so he can give them some old fashioned good luck.

We also had the pleasure of witnessing what was probably some sort of heron turf war and have an amazing photographic recollection below.


At the Low Country Zoo is a shy mule whose ears perk up every time he hears the word barbecue.

The Harvest Home Weekend Festival offered Hay Rides, Scarecrow Building, Pumpkin Patch & Painting, Hayrides, live performances by local musicians and much more!


We met a REAL scarecrow!


Vendors set up outside of the Keepsakes Gift Shop demonstrating and selling pottery, handmade soaps and candles and more.  One of the most notable was the herbal fruit jam tasting from Sallie's Greatest.  My favorite was the Peach Pepper and Ginger Jam - goes great with cream cheese on crackers!

There were tables set up for kids' temporary tattoos and sidewalk chalk.  We couldn't resist getting in on the fun.




Upcoming events at Brookgreen Gardens:


National Sculpture Society 81st Annual Awards Exhibition

Now through November 2

The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People’s Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens.

Butterfly House Open Daily

Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience
This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. We will add dozens of other species throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where visitors may observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. The exhibit is open daily. Tickets are $3 - adults and $2 - children for a 30 minute timed visit in addition to garden admission.

Gullah Geechee Program Series

Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Now through - November 12
The Fall season's presentation will be "Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout.” Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, will perform a concert of songs and readings from his CD of the same title. Through a musical journey of rich imagery and evocative rhythms and instrumentation, viewers celebrate Gullah Geechee culture in the genres of traditional spiritual, blues, gospel stomp and clap, Gullah Geechee/West African pop, and a Gullah Geechee/West African/Caribbean blend. Themes highlighted are African Diaspora; the common cultural connections of food ways, language, rice heritage, crafts, music; the tragedy of enslavement; the importance of family; and the resilience of survival. Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and are free with garden admission.

Andrea Wulf Talk - Founding Gardeners

October 22 at 3 p.m. & October 23 at 11 a.m.
In a unique retelling of the creation of America, award winning historian Andrea Wulf will show how plants, politics and personalities intertwined as never before. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 regular and space is limited. Tickets are available online, by calling (843) 235-6016 and at Brookgreen.

Into the Wild Lecture

Tuesday, October 28 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Join the zoo staff when they present a talk about Zoonotic Diseases. The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.




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