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

April 8, 2014


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.


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 ( or call 843/235-6000.

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

November 13, 2013


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.”


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.

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

November 4, 2013


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.


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 (, or contact him by e-mail at (

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

October 3, 2013


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 ( or call 843/235-6000.

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

September 11, 2013


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 (

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


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.


“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 ( or call 843/235-6000.

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

June 20, 2013


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.


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 ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Medal of Honor in the Arts

April 30, 2013


On April 12, 2013, Brookgreen Gardens was awarded The Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts for its significant contribution to the arts and positive impact on the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas. Bob Jewell, President and CEO, received the award saying, “Brookgreen Gardens and Winthrop University share a common vision not only to improve the quality of life for Carolina’s residents, but to raise the standards of education and appreciation of art in our country.”


First established in 2001, The Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts honors those who have encouraged the arts and offered inspiration to others either through their distinguished achievements, artistic excellence, support, or patronage. The President of the University authorized the College of Visual and Performing Arts to award this important Medal of Honor “to individuals or groups who, in the President’s judgment, are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts” at Winthrop University and across the state of South Carolina and beyond.

The President of the University selects the recipients of the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts. The Dean on the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts Steering Committee annually assist with the selection process by soliciting nominations for the medal. These nominations are reviewed by the Steering Committee. A list of the most highly qualified candidates is then forwarded to the President for final consideration along with candidates of his own choosing. This celebration of the arts, culminating in an exclusive awards ceremony presentation, takes place in the college’s state-of-the-art main stage in Johnson Hall. The proceeds go to a scholarship fund to help support talented students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the visual arts, dance, music, or theatre at Winthrop University.

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 ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Named One of the Top Ten Gardens in the US

April 20, 2013


In April, National Garden Month, TripAdvisor® compiled its list of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the United States based on traveler’s reviews and opinions and Brookgreen Gardens was named as one of their choices. The list features gardens from coast to coast, so nature lovers across the country can enjoy an amazing botanical experience.

“We were delighted to be recognized by TripAdvisor® as one of the top public gardens in the country,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen Gardens President and CEO. “It is indicative of the garden’s long-standing commitment to excellence, in all that it does. For 83 years, Brookgreen Gardens has been an inspiration, refuge and retreat for our community. We hope residents and visitors will take pride in the fact that in their midst is one of America’s premier gardens and we pledge to keep it ever changing, simply amazing.”

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip with trusted advice from real travelers. TripAdvisor® branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide.


Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public.

For more information, visit ( or call 843/235-6000.

National Sculpture Society Selects Work by Alex Palkovich for Its 80th Annual Exhibition

April 20, 2013


“On the Way to the Market”, the latest work by Florence, SC, sculptor and elected member of the National Sculpture Society (NSS), Alex Palkovich, has been selected for inclusion in the NSS’s 80th Annual Exhibition. This is the second year running that Palkovich has been one of the few chosen from among best sculptors in the nation to participate in this prestigious event.

The honor is made doubly special for the Pee Dee since Palkovich is the only elected member of the Society to hail from South Carolina. The sculpture depicts a Gullah lady carrying her wares on her head in a traditional basket and is cast in bronze.

The NSS is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. Founded in 1893, its purpose is to “spread the knowledge of good sculpture.” The Society is marking its special anniversary with showings in two locations – the Tampa Museum of Art ( May 18 – July 27) and Brookgreen Gardens (August 17 -27).  The good news is that you do not have to go all the way to Tampa to view the piece. The piece can be seen at the Ronald E. McNair Life History Museum as part of the biggest art competition in the Southeast, ArtFields festival in Lake City (April 19-28), and will also be showing at Summerville, SC’s Sculpture in the South (May 18th and 19). Palkovich’s work can also be viewed, throughout the year, at the Art Trail Gallery in Florence.

Alex Palkovich working on his sculpture of Francis Marion

In further news, Palkovich will be unveiling his largest work to date, a giant sculpture of Francis Marion, at 1pm on May 18, 2013, at Venter’s Landing in Johnsonville, SC.

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