Reflecting on Brookgreen Gardens

The various gardens really are quite stunning.

Brookgreen Gardens is located on the South Carolina coast about half-way between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.  As gardens go, this one is quite unique.  On a recent family vacation we visited Brookgreen Gardens not just once, but twice.

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According to their web site, “Brookgreen Gardens, the first public sculpture garden in America, has in its collection more than 1,400 works by over 350 sculptors.  Exhibited within the gardens is the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, by sculptors who worked from the early nineteenth century to the present.  Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historical Landmark, and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.”

The diversity of the size, style, and subject matter of the sculpture exhibits assured that every visitor to the gardens could be amazed, inspired, or lifted to a thoughtful place.  The setting for the work was mostly lush green vegetation, tall brick walls creating outdoor rooms, and century-old tall trees.  Blooming flowers, while present at various time throughout the year, were not at their peak during our visit.

Wanting to be respectful of the artists of the garden statues, I found myself photographing more of the gardens themselves as opposed to the statues.

As it so often happens, I was especially drawn to the reflections in the water features…..

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….and the sweeping, graceful lines formed by the giant limbs of the magnificent, ancient Southern Live Oak trees.

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© Sue Henry

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© Sue Henry

Even without much spectacular spring color in the gardens, Brookgreen Gardens was a wonderfully quiet, peaceful garden in which to stroll, ponder, and  to photograph; a garden most certainly worth adding to your personal list of places to visit.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

Contributed by Sue Henry

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