Friday, July 19, 2013

Experience What's New at Brookgreen Gardens!

New Plants, New Animals, New Music: There's Always Something New to See at Brookgreen

Just when you thought Brookgreen Gardens couldn’t be more beautiful, they planted over 60,000 bulbs of Caladiums (Elephant Ears), and now these beautiful plants are showing their leafy heads!  Myrtle Beach may be known for its elaborate shows and exciting rides but only a few miles down the road in Murrells Inlet, you will find an oasis of peace and old world beauty within the walls of Brookgreen Gardens.  Because there is so much to do and see, we suggest that you buy the tickets lasting 7 days that you need several days to take it all in.  There is always something new to see at Brookgreen and here are some of this year’s special events:

Live Oak Allée

At 300 years old, these majestic Oaks have rooted themselves deeply into the character of these gardens.  They were planted in the 1700s, back when the area was a rice plantation.  Their moss covered branches reach high and swing low, making their mark over the whole area, providing a shady and impressive entranceway into the gardens.  Now, they are even more impressive as they dwell within a sea of Caladiums where 40,000 of the 60,000 new plants now grow.  For a picture perfect experience of old fashioned southern charm the Live Oak Allée is a must-see.

Brookgreen Zoo

The vast landscape of Brookgreen draws lots of wildlife. Come see  Deer, birds of prey, foxes, alligators and otters in their native habitat at Brookgreen's Lowcountry Zoo.   On Thursdays this summer, co-star of CBS’s Carolina Safari, Jerry Walls, will be giving interactive presentations with live animals at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio (in the zoo area).  We’ve included a schedule here (programs begin at 5:00pm):
July 11                   Butterflies and Moths
July 18                   Venomous Snakes of Coastal South Carolina
July 25                   Trees—Rivers of Life
Aug 1                     Amazing Alligators
Aug 8                     Mammals—Are We One?

Live Music at Brookgreen

Cool off at the end of the day with a delicious meal and great music.  Every Friday from July 5th to August 9th musicians will play at 7:00pm on the Pavilion Lawn above the Pavilion Restaurant.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair to watch the concert up close and personal.  You can bring your own dinner and eat at the picnic area near the Jessamine Pond, or the restaurant will remain open until 8:00pm.  See the schedule below for your favorite music or come discover a new favorite:
July 12                 An Evening with Elise Testone (Pop/Rock)
July 19                 Stirling Bridge(Celtic Rock)
July 26                 TruSol (Motown, R&B)
Aug 2                    The Paul Grimshaw Band (Pop/Rock)
Aug 9                    The Fabulous SandSations (Beach Music)

(Call 843-235-6000 to find out about changes to the schedule or other information.)
For your convenience, we offer tickets to Brookgreen at the front desk so you can make the best of your seven-day pass to Brookgreen by staying here at Plantation Resort.  With Brookgreen just a few miles down the road, it’s so close, you can back every day of the week and we have a feeling that you just might want to.  To reserve your stay at Plantation Resort call 1-800-845-5039.

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