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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Conservation Gran

July 30, 2014

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of the 30 institutions in the country to be awarded the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The $5,000 grant will fund the expansion of the new “Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail” that opened earlier this year. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.

“We were extremely pleased to receive the grant which will enable us to expand the Children’s Sensory and Nature Trail,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO at Brookgreen Gardens. “The new Trail supports our mission to build a connection and a deep appreciation of the natural world.

“Accredited zoos and aquariums are one of the first places families experience nature together,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Research has shown that free play immersed in an outdoor setting is fundamental to connecting children with the natural world around them. The value of these experiences is further reinforced when shared as a family unit. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund awards of $5,000 or $10,000 were made available to extend existing family-based nature play programming or to create new, innovative, and engaging programs.

A total of 30 grant recipients were selected to receive more than $200,000 in awards. They include (institution, project/program):

Adventure Aquarium, “Family Fun at the River”

Audubon Nature Institute (Audubon Zoo), “Audubon Celebrates the Wonder of Nature Play”

Brevard Zoo, “Family Nature Stations”

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society, “Bronx Zoo Nature Club”

Buffalo Zoo, “Nature Play Begins in the Niagara Frontier”

The Butterfly House, “Nature T.R.E.K.”

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, “Sprouts and Seedlings Children’s Garden”

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, “Zoo Nature Club”

CuriOdyssey, “Stewards from All Settings”

Dallas Zoo, “Wild FUN (Families United in Nature)”

Detroit Zoological Society, “Zoo Tots Outside”

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, “Great Plains Zoo Nature Club for Families”

Greenville Zoo, “Get Outdoors Greenville”

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, “Kids’N’Snow”

Lee Richardson Zoo, “Developing Children ‘Naturally’”

The Living Desert, “Me and You at the Gardens”

Minnesota Zoo, “Hanifl Family Wild Woods Nature Play Program Pilot”

Mystic Aquarium, “Family Nature Club in Connecticut”

Peoria Zoo, “Peoria Zoo Natural Play Area”

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, “Families Untamed: Zoo Nature Club”

Prospect Park Zoo, “Nature Play Time!”

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, “Backpack to Nature”

Roger Williams Park Zoo, “Nature Play in “Our Big Backyard” and Beyond”

San Antonio Zoo, “San Antonio Family Nature Club”

Sedgwick County Zoo, “Sedgwick County Zoo’s Get into Nature Program”

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, “Home Learner Partnership Program”

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, “Nurturing Naturalists: Helping Families Take a Walk on the “Wild Side””

Western North Carolina Nature Center, “Nature Play at the WNC Nature Center”

Zoo Miami / Zoological Society of Florida, “ZooNature Family Adventures”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Hosts 83rd Anniversary Talk – July 13, 2014

July 8, 2014

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is please to offer an 83rd Anniversary Talk on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3pm. Entitled “Glimpses of the Past: Stories of Brookgreen Gardens”, guests will hear about many stories that comprise the history of the land, people, and collections of Brookgreen Gardens. Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture, Robin Salmon will reveal some of these stories in honor of the gardens’ 83rd Anniversary. The talk is free with garden admission and will be held in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

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Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Presents New Hours for Cool Summer Evenings

June 5, 2014

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After a day at the beach, see Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when we remain open until 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from June 11 – August 8, 2014. Enjoy outdoor theater, concerts, and special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Pontoon boat rides are available (at an additional fee) all three evenings and new this year, on Thursday evenings, we will offer special boat ride just for kids. Wednesday and Friday performances begin at 7pm.

Wednesday nights – June 11 to July 2 “Music Under the Oaks”

Wednesday, June 11 – Doug Fankhauser performs bluegrass, jazz, classical, and rock on an acoustic guitar. In addition, Doug will play the Chapman Stick, a guitar-like instrument that is tapped with both hands.

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Thursday nights, June 12 to August 7 – Up Close at the Zoo – Jerry Walls, co-star of CBS television’s ‘Carolina Safari’, and Brookgreen Gardens’ Zoo Staff will present educational and interactive programs with of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will begin at 5pm at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio and last about 45 minutes.

Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest – At 6 p.m. a  character from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors will share their versions of these tales and interact with the kids.

New Boat Ride – “A Child’s Frontier Life” – Travel back in time with early 1700s residents Esther and William Allston (characters) as your guides. Discover what life was like for the European settlers, the Native American children, and the wildlife that would have been all around them. Boat rides are at 6 and 7pm. (Tickets required – $8 adults, $4 children. Same day purchase only at Wall Lowcountry Center).

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Friday nights, June 13 to August 8 Concerts on the Lawn – Join us, in the shade of the Live Oak trees when the popular Concerts on the Lawn series returns with new performers and favorites from last year.

June 13- U-N-I Jazz (pronounced “You and I”) is an entertaining ensemble of experienced professional musicians who specialize in the sounds of jazz, swing, and blues.

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Pavilion Restaurant offers dinner until 8pm and desserts and beverage are available for purchase on the Pavilion Patio during the concerts. On Thursday evenings, the Courtyard Cafe is open until 7pm.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 7pm.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, Presents “An Evening Under the Palmettos” – May 3, 2014

April 8, 2014

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On Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 5:30 – 8:30pm, The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, will host “An Evening Under the Palmettos,” an elegant black-tie event in the stately Palmetto Garden. The party will include cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, a variety of entertainment, and a very select silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and art that will add another layer of excitement to the evening.

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Artists participating in the silent auction are: Bruce Chandler, Dr, Reggie Daves, Sudie Daves, Karen Edgar, Ray Ellis, Gaye Sanders Fisher, Dorothy Herron, Danny McLaughlin, Pat Puckett, and Weldon Smith.

Tickets are $175 per person and space is limited. Please call The Friends of Brookgreen office at 843/235-6018 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Susan Polack, President of The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, promises an evening to remember. “The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens is a uniquely talented group of men and women. Featuring the background of our beautiful Palmetto Garden, we will hang the moon for our party goers! “An Evening Under the Palmettos” will be unlike any other social occasion that has been experienced on the Grand Strand.  Join us for a fantastic evening!”.

The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens was created to raise funds in support of the mission of the gardens and has a well-deserved reputation for their exceptional fundraising events. Proceeds from “An Evening Under the Palmettos” will go to help create the “Waterfowl: Wings of Migration” exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo. Over the past 20 years, The Friends have raised over $2.4 million for Brookgreen Gardens projects through its fundraising events.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, consult our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet, SC, Extends Popular Holiday Event to Nine Nights

November 13, 2013

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Celebrate the season during Nights of a Thousand Candles, Dec. 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21, 2013, from 3-10pm, when Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet, SC, comes to life with the glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights.

“Every year this event has grown and after last year’s record breaking number of visitors, we knew we needed to add more nights. This year, we are open Thursday nights all three weekends of the event,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “We’ve also added new lights and decorations to keep the event fresh, but repeat visitors will see some of the favorite displays again – they have a timeless appeal.”

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Adult tickets are $16 and child tickets (ages 4-12) are $7 and children age three and under are free. For discount prices on group reservations of 15 guests or more, please call 800/849-1931 or 843/235-6021.

During the event, guests walk through the sculpture garden and view beautiful lighting displays. They will hear hand bells ringing, carolers singing and see candles drift quietly in the fountains. More than 50 acres of the gardens are open to the public.

Each night an extensive array of musical performances will be held throughout the gardens and the last weekend Bill Oberst, Jr. returns with his one man rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All entertainment is included in admission. Dinner is available at an additional cost.

All ticket proceeds go to support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC.

For further info visit (www.brookgreen.org)

SC Sculptor, Alex Palkovich, Wins the 80th Annual National Sculpture Society Exhibition’s People’s Choice Award

November 4, 2013

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Alex Palkovich, the single representative from SC in the National Sculpture Society (NSS) which represents the top 200 sculptors of the nation, won the NSS People’s choice award for his work “On the Way to the Market”. At the ceremony held at Brookgreen Gardens, in Pawleys Island, SC, the judges congratulated Palkovich on winning on a very competitive year in which every sculpture in the exhibition received at least one nomination for the award.

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Palkovich lives in Florence, SC. He was born in Russia, and emigrated to Israel and to the UK before moving to USA in 1998. He was the Global Manager of MRI operations at GE, and before that the Managing Director of Elscint Chriomagnetics in the UK. Six years ago Palkovich retired and chose to remain in Florence, and pursue his first love, sculpting. Since that time he has been involved in helping revitalize downtown Florence, and provided commissioned pieces for Florence Veterans’ Park. Performing Arts Center, Library, NC University, Lake City Village Green, the Francis Marion Memorial at historical landmark Venter’s Landing in Johnsonville, SC, and many more.

An exhibit featuring several of Palkovich’s recent works, including the award-winning piece “On the Way to the Market”, is showing at Francis Marion University’s Hyman Fine Arts Center until Nov. 7, 2013. Palkovich is currently refurbishing a new studio space in downtown Florence that will also feature a small gallery space. Until then his studio is located at the back of the Art Trail Gallery, on the corner of Evens and Irby in Florence.

For more information about the artist and images of his work, please see (www.alexpalkovich.com), or contact him by e-mail at (alex@alexpalkovich.com).

Brookgreen Gardens in Pawley’s Island, SC, Holds Annual Fall Festival – Oct. 12 & 13, 2013

October 3, 2013

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Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13, 2013, from 9:30am-4:30pm, and is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. We’ll have favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, plus some exciting new events such as characters from the Enchanted Storybook Forest and a Not So Spooky boat ride. Admission to the festival is included in garden admission which is good for seven days. Here is a list of the activities and entertainment.

Kids Craft Tent (pinecone bird feeders, god’s eyes)

Sidewalk Chalking and Kids Tattoos
Wool Spinning Activity/Demonstration

Pumpkin Patch Painting Activity – we supply the paint and brushes – you purchase the pumpkins – small pumpkins-$5 large pumpkins-$10

Scarecrow Building Activity- we supply the hay, poles, and twine and you bring your old clothes or use some of ours!

Wagon Hay Rides – 10am to 4pm, depart on the hour and half-hour – $4 per person.

Featured Entertainer – Roger Day Performs “Marsh Mud Madness” – From his first job as a camp counselor to his current continent-crisscrossing family concert and recording schedule, Roger Day, has been writing and performing smart, interactive music that encourages kids to SING LOUD, JUMP HIGH and DREAM BIG! A multiple Parents’ Choice Award recipient and approved Dove Family Foundation artist, Roger plays over 200 concerts every year from major festival stages and performing arts halls to little tiny rural schools and libraries and he loves it all. In “Marsh Mud Madness,” Roger will introduce families and kids to some very colorful characters who live in and around the coastal islands and the important role each of these play in maintaining a healthy coastal ecosystem. Performances are at 11am, 12:30pm. & 2pm.

Susana and Timmy Abell Performances – Timmy Abell is a nationally recognized children’s songwriter, touring and recording artist. Recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Arts Council’s Fellowship for Songwriting, he is best known for his highly entertaining family concerts and educational programs, and over the past decade his recordings have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of families around the country. Timmy and his wife Susana have joined forces to create a program that combines music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry. They combine their unique talents to offer dynamic and highly engaging performances centered around a repertoire of unforgettable original songs and stories. Performances are at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm.

Enchanted Storybook Forest Character Performances – Characters from the stories associated with the Storybook houses will read and retell their stories in full costume and be available for photo opportunities at 11am, 12:30pm. & 2pm.

Special Excursions on the Creek: The Not so Spooky Swamp Adventure With Lowcountry Ghost Stories and Animal Tales – Creep on board for our Not So Spooky Swamp Adventure! Listen to spellbinding stories of Lowcountry ghosts and their connections to Brookgreen Gardens as we float down the mysterious Brookgreen creeks. Be enthralled by animal tales of the fascinating creatures that make their homes in the eerie Lowcountry swamps. Who knows what we might see as we meander past ancient, twisted trees dripping with Spanish moss. Purchase at Lowcountry Center at least 10 minutes prior to excursion time. Limited availability. Creek cruises are at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm. Adults $7, Children $4 (no regular program creek excursion offered either day).

NOTE: Performers and performances subject to change without notice.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

The Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, Receives Accreditation

September 11, 2013

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The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo, in Pawleys Island, SC, was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“By meeting Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation Standards, Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo sets itself apart as one of the top zoos in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo is a leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in educating people about the natural world.”

To be accredited, Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas.  Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, please visit (www.aza.org).

Contact Helen Benso at Brookgreen Gardens at 843/235-6019 for additional information about the facility, including special events and activities for visitors and its ongoing commitment to wildlife conservation and science education.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Celebrates 82nd Birthday with a Lecture – Brookgreen and New York City: Connected by Sculpture – July 13, 2013

July 8, 2013

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On Saturday, July 13, 2013 (Brookgreen’s 82nd birthday), Robin Salmon, Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture will present a lecture entitled, “Brookgreen and New York City: Connected by Sculpture”. The talk is at 3pm in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with regular admission.

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“The connections between South Carolina’s Brookgreen Gardens and New York City are many – there are hundreds of individual sculptors having artworks common to both locations,” Salmon said about her talk. “Many of these connections are related to the vision and generosity of Brookgreen’s founders, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.”  This talk will present information about the Huntingtons, about some of the notable sculptors who lived and worked in New York City, and about their works that have become New York landmarks.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Presents Cool Summer Evenings Through Aug. 9, 2013

June 20, 2013

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After a day at the beach, visit the gardens in the cool of the evening when Brookgreen Gardens remains open until 9pm! Enjoy outdoor theater, concerts, and special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Cruises down the creek are available all three evenings and new this year, on Thursday evenings, we will offer special pirate creek cruises.

Wednesday nights

‘This Wooden O’ – Shakespeare in the Garden

This Wooden O refers to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and is a high-energy, family-friendly entertainment featuring actors from Coastal Carolina University’s theatre program. The production features scenes, songs and sonnets from many of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and includes high comedy, chase scenes and a contemporary take on the Bard of Avon’s work, as well as audience participation. It is directed by John Woodson a talented actor and director with more than thirty years of professional experience. His New York productions include; Jason in the Broadway production of Medea, starring Dame Diana Rigg; Kent in King Lear with Hal Holbrook at The Roundabout Theatre (Gerald Freedman directing). John was also a founding company member at Signature Theatre Company. He is presently on faculty at Coastal Carolina University where he has directed productions of; Miss Julie, The Philadelphia Story, Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls and On the Verge.

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Thursday nights

5pm – Jerry Walls – Animal Program- former Naturalist for the City of Houston, professional bird guide and co-star of CBS television’s ‘Carolina Safari’, will present educational and interactive programs featuring his collection of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will be held at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio (in the Brookgreen Zoo area), rain or shine and last about one hour. On June 13, the program is Snakes Alive!

6pm –  Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest. Each week, one of the storybook houses in our new interactive exhibit area beside the Whispering Wings Butterfly House will come alive! One of the characters from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors from Conway’s Theatre of the Republic will share their versions of these tales.

6pm – Cooking with Kids. Join us for an hands-on demonstration when Chef Carlton Hennigan engages kids (and parents) in preparing dishes they will love while they learn about nutrition, food science, and kitchen safety. Our cooking demos have received rave reviews from past participants! $20 for adults and $10 for children (age 7 -12). Call for reservations, space is limited at 843/235-6016. Cooking with kids is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium.

6pm & 7pm – A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creek. Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard and journey back in time to the exciting days when colorful pirates traveled through these Carolina waterways. Discover how to be an adventurous pirate, and find out about famous Carolina pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. Travel down the Brookgreen Gardens creeks as you follow a treasure map to the hidden treasure. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! See you on board! (Regular Creek Excursion tickets required)

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.


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