Brookgreen Gardens: Vacation Myrtle Beach Partner Spotlight
One of South Carolina’s most prized possessions is Brookgreen Gardens, which have been described as being “the floral jewel of South Carolina’s coastal community”. The gardens were founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington, a sculptress of renown, and her husband Archer Huntington, a philanthropist, in order to preserve indigenous flora and fauna and to display sculptures in a natural setting. This unique combination makes an excursion to the gardens an absolute “must” during your Myrtle Beach vacation.
Since its foundation, Brookgreen Gardens has grown to become the most noteworthy outdoor collection of figurative sculpture by American artistsanywhere in the world, and has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The collection now houses in excess of 1,400 works of sculpture by more than 350 sculptors. The gardens are also home to the only accredited zoo on the coast of the Carolinas, a zoo that is home to such species as Alligators, Red and Grey Foxes, White-Tailed Deer, Otters, Wild Turkeys, Red-tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles. In addition the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve’s 9,100 acres illustrate rich evidence of the native animals and plants that were common to this region during the flourishing great rice plantations of the 1800's.
Brookgreen Gardens is located just to the South of Murrell’s Inlet and is well within the reach of Myrtle Beach resorts and hotels, especially those on the south end like Landmark and Palace. The gardens are open daily, and have a wide selection of tours, exhibits and programs that are designed to suit all ages. If you’re not happy with the restrictions that a guided tour imposes, you may stroll through the gardens in your own time and at your leisure. Be sure to take along your Myrtle Beach discounts card as you’ll get a small reduction in the entrance fee for up to four people.