Brookgreen Gardens’ Harvest Home Weekend offers fun, outdoor activities
Scarecrow building, pumpkin painting and a hay maze will be the highlights of Brookgreen Gardens’ Harvest Home Weekend festival on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast.
The event, which celebrates the fall season with fun, family-friendly and safe outdoor activities, will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4 in the botanical gardens.
“We are excited for our visitors to safely enjoy fall-themed activities at Harvest Home Weekend this year,” President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens Page Kiniry stated in a press release. “This Lowcountry tradition is the perfect opportunity for families to explore Brookgreen Gardens, take in the changing colors and welcome the fall season.”
Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $10 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. During the festival, visitors are invited to explore the entirety of Brookgreen’s grounds. Access to the festival is included in standard admission prices, while the pumpkin painting and scarecrow activities have separate fees.
Due to COVID-19, Brookgreen Gardens has enacted safety protocols to ensure the safety of all visitors. All guests are asked to observe social distancing guidelines and wear a mask or comparable face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In compliance with Georgetown County Emergency Ordinance 20-33, masks should always be used in any interior spaces, including public restrooms.
Attendees who would like to create their own scarecrow will be provided individually prepared kits of clothing and accessories, or they can bring their own clothing and accessories to use. For a fee of $5, participants can take their scarecrow home.
For pumpkin painting, the cost of the pumpkins is $5 for small and $9 for large. Instead of a having a big painting table, as in years past, each pumpkin will come with a self-contained decorating kit.
This year will also feature a hay maze with volunteers at the beginning and end to make sure people are spread out through it. Food vendors will be available and Brookgreen’s restaurants will be open.
Founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington just south of Murrells Inlet, Brookgreen Gardens is a unique melding of art, nature, and history. It is one of America’s premier gardens and it is one of a few select places 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 National Register of Historic Places.
Brookgreen Gardens contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, displayed in a stunning garden setting, three galleries and a visible storage and research facility. It offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens…Ever Changing. Simply Amazing.
For more information about the Harvest Home Weekend, call 843-235-6000, or use this link: https://www.brookgreen.org/events/harvest-home-weekend
By Clayton Stairs/tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce