Brookgreen Gardens). However, I knew my boys and I knew they would NEVER have been interested in it so we never went.
This trip, I FINALLY got to go! It was worth the wait, and I was right, my preteen/teen boys would have been bored senseless and made me miserable. Ha!
Brookgreen Gardens is a 9,127 acre treasure trove of stunning sculpture, fabulous florals and compelling history. We saw Live Oak trees that are over 250 years old. We saw just some of the over 2000 sculptures/works of art on display. I have learned that while I don't really "get" paintings, I LOVE sculptural art. I think my favorite piece I saw was " The Spacewalker". There was just something about her that I found so mesmerizing. She was very large, more than twice my size.
We took two excursions while on property. The first was a Trekker. This trip took us into the backcountry to a plantation cemetary, a rice mill chimney, a Civil War earth bunker and a really beautiful view of the Waccamaw River from a bluff. We learned all about the rice production from the late 1700's-mid 1800's from multiple plantations that were on the acreage that now is known as Brookgreen Gardens. We saw several enslaved people cemetaries, some were very old and some were newer and were in active cemetary areas were decendents of the enslaved individuals can be buried should they desire. Many graves were just marked with a stone jutting up from the ground. There was also a rice mill chimney that was a remnant to one of the rice mills that was used by the enslaved people in the 1700-1800's.
|Stones mark enslaved peoples graves|
|Enslaved people graves from a more active cemetary|
|remains from a plantation home|
|remains of a building c.1790. no one knows what the building was used for|
|rice mill cemetary|
|These are the headstones of two house servants.|
|I was so taken with the expression on his face.|
|This statue was so massive, the top of my head came up to the horse's hoof.|
|Time and the Fates of Man by Paul Howard Manship, bronze, 1939|
|Youth Taming the Wild, by Anna Hyatt Huntington, limestone|
|The Visionaries by Anna Hyatt Huntington|
|Diana of the Chase, Anna Hyatt Huntington|
Random other garden pics
|Ohh,, ok if you insist, but I really wanted to take a refreshing dip.|
|Heron, Grouse and Loon by Elliot Offner,1992|
|PREHISTORIC GRASSHOPPER. THIS THING WAS 3.5 INCHES. IT WAS HUGE|
|On the Trekker. Mark was super excited.|
|This tree made me think of the Poltergeist tree.|