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Perfect Last Minute Gift

 

Perfect Last Minute Gift
Showcases Brookgreen Gardens

By Kimberly Duncan

 By any standard, Brookgreen Gardens is among the Southeast’s finest assets and easily qualifies as one America’s premier gardens. Located on SC’s Hammock Coast, the southernmost sliver of SC’s Grand Strand, the Gardens showcase history exhibits, boat tours, an accredited zoo populated with animals who can no longer survive in the wild and a sculpture collection of more than 1400 pieces – many of which are scattered among exquisitely landscaped outdoor spaces. And all that is just a beginning.

Founded in 1932 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, art and nature join hands in this place; that was the Huntingtons’ goal. For nearly 85 years Brookgreen Gardens has been a spot for inspiration, refuge and retreat for tens of thousands. It is one of the few attractions in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Register of National Historic Places.

When professional photographer Anne Swift Malarich began roaming the gardens in 1997 with her young son in a stroller and a camera at the ready, she launched a pictorial tribute to Brookgreen Gardens. From among the 10,000 photos shot annually, those showcased in this newly published hard cover book – Brookgreen Gardens: Through the Seasons in Images and Words – are nothing short of staggeringly beautiful.

The book also features carefully vetted prose and poetry by volunteers, staff and members of the community. Organized by season, photographs and poems are book-ended with essays by Robin Salmon, Vice President of Art & Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens for the past forty years.
The concept for this book has been surpassed by its reality. In the words of Ms. Salmon.

“… scores of visitors through the years have been soothed, inspired, and rejuvenated by the magical wellspring that is Brookgreen Gardens. A walk in the sculpture gardens takes away worries and fears … And now, inspired by her beauty and tranquility, those closely connected to her have penned their tributes to the muses of Brookgreen.”

For Christmas or any occasion, there is no more perfect gift than this stunning new book. It’s perfect for all ages and especially for anyone who appreciates nature and art. And, if you act quickly, there may still be time to have copies shipped in time for the holiday!

Preview a brief video about the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBbAJVkYjd0. Order online at www.ShopBrookgreen.com or call Keepsakes, Brookgreen’s gift shop, at 843.235.6038 or 800.849.1931. Questions welcome!

A Labyrinth on the Grand Strand?

A Labyrinth on the Grand Strand?
By Kimberly Duncan

One of the Grand Strand’s and SC’s Hammock Coast’s most unexpected attractions is an authentic, walkable Labyrinth – an often-misunderstood word and a concept largely unfamiliar to the Lowcountry. And yet we have one of our very own!

There’s a beautiful labyrinth at Brookgreen Gardens, America’s first public sculpture garden conveniently located between Myrtle Beach and the charming city of Georgetown. It’s perfect vacation territory during the South’s cooler months.

Many confuse a labyrinth with a maze. Labyrinths wind toward a center point and are used as places of reflection and meditation. Conversely, the paths of a maze incorporate dead ends. A maze is a puzzle to be solved; a labyrinth has an unambiguous route to the center.

The history of labyrinths is eighteen to twenty thousand years old.
From Africa, Egypt, France and Italy to Swedish fishermen and
America’s Hopi Indians, many cultures embraced labyrinths.
Labyrinths are not specific to – or in opposition to –
other religions or belief systems.

Brookgreen Garden’s labyrinth is positioned beside a creek along the north end of the Trail Beyond the Garden Wall, one of Brookgreen’s designated walking paths. Its location allows visitors time well spent with a leisurely stroll through the Gardens – and perhaps lunch at the onsite restaurant – before encountering the Labyrinth itself. (There’s a picnic area too.)

There’s much more to know about Brookgreen. By any standard, it is one of the Southeast’s finest assets. They currently display a collection of more than 1400 works of American sculpture. The natural beauty of the Garden’s is staggering. There’s also a wildlife park, trekker excursions, boat tours, interpretative history exhibits and more. (It’s budget-friendly in that admission includes all the glory for seven full days!)

SC’s Hammock Coast, the southern sliver of SC’s Grand Strand, delivers a crazy wealth of things to do during cool weather months. Everything is less crowded. Temperatures are pleasant. There’s rarely a wait at award-winning Lowcountry restaurants. The golf and beach are at their very best. Retail options are impressive, too. (Get a jump on Christmas shopping!) Lodging alternatives are wide-ranging – from creekside and oceanfront to homes, condos and hotel rooms sporting golf, river, creek and marsh views.

For whatever reasons, you and yours deserve a pre- (or post-!) holiday vacation. Make it happen. Wait until spring or summer only if you must. Pop over to HammockCoastSC.com to get your getaway started. You’ll find scads of interesting info about Brookgreen Gardens at www.Brookgreen.org.