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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.

Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in Murrells Inlet, SC, Offers Holiday Art Show Dec. 8, 2013

November 19, 2013

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Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in Murrells Inlet, SC, proudly presents its sixth annual Holiday Art Show & Sale on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 from 1-7pm. The Artists of Ebb & Flow invite you to join them for hors d’oeuvres, beverages & lots of local art as we celebrate the Holiday Season! During this exhibit, original work of more than 35 local artists can be viewed and purchased. There will also be unique handmade ornaments made by each artist, local honey,  & much more. Come view our new ART, sip some wine, & mingle with local Artists & fellow art lovers!

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Please support the arts and choose a unique gift for someone special on your gift list!

Ebb & Flow is located on Hwy 17 bypass in Murrells Inlet, SC, across from Thomas Supply, right before the Wachesaw Road intersection.

For further information call the gallery at 843/651-2386 or visit (www.ebbandflowgallery.com).

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)

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.

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

April 30, 2013

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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.”

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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 (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

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

April 20, 2013

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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.

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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 (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Presents History Program ‘Faces of Clay, Echoes of Africa’ – Jan. 26, 2013

January 22, 2013

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On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 1pm, Mark Newell and April Hynes will present “Faces of Clay, Echoes of Africa’ which documents their research about the descendants of the Wanderer, the last slave ship to journey to America in 1868 with 400 enslaved captives from Congo. These enslaved Africans began producing face jug pottery whose mysterious origins were featured in the PBS History Detectives show. Their talk is free with garden admission.

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In THE FACE JUG documentary, Hynes and Newell tell the story of a Philadelphia housewife who, in the course of trying to learn the origins of a piece of inherited pottery, unearthed a long-forgotten bit of American history judged as important as that of the La’ Amistad —the 1858 illegal importation of more than 400 slaves aboard the slave ship Wanderer. In their efforts to find out who might have made the jug and how it ended up in Philadelphia, Hynes and Newell found themselves enthralled by the story of Wanderer survivors. They share their findings, entwining the remarkable event of the search with the information they discovered about many of these illegally smuggled slaves. What they experienced as freed men and women, how they endured, and how their descendants prospered and contributed, ultimately makes this a story of triumph.

Along the way, they have given some people back their forgotten African history, reunited long lost family members and have stepped back to see how this simple jug has touched the lives of so many.

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.


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