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Brookgreen Gardens Shares October Happenings



Brookgreen Gardens has many things happening this October. See below for events and programs rolling out next month.


Harvest Home Weekend, Oct. 2-3

This favorite family-friendly event held in the charming scene of Brookgreen’s botanical gardens will feature all the quintessential fall activities like pumpkin picking and painting, a hay maze, and the crowd favorite scarecrow making contest. There are scarecrow making kits available at the event or visitors can bring supplies with them from home. For $5, guests can take their scarecrow home with them to use as fall décor.  There will be food available for purchase from vendors. Greg Rowles, Alabama Theatre favorite, and other talented entertainers will be providing musical entertainment to soundtrack the weekend.

Price: Included with garden admission


Haints, Haunts, and a Gothic Goodnight, Oct. 30-31 | 6 p.m.

Brookgreen invites visitors to spend an evening enjoying a Lowcountry buffet dinner followed by ghost tales from Gullah Geechee folklore told by Ron Daise, and gothic fiction performed by actor and horror icon Bill Oberst Jr., all under a waning crescent moon and the moss-draped trees in Brookgreen Garden’s Arboretum.

Price: $50 Members | $55 Non-members



Joseph Rainey, from Slavery to Congress, Oct. 4 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Dedric Bonds, a native of Georgetown, SC, and a teacher at The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences and the Managing Director of the Winyah Auditorium, will discuss the prolific life and accomplishments of Joseph Rainey, the first African American to be seated in the United States House of Representatives during the years of Reconstruction. He was born in Georgetown, SC on June 21, 1832.

Price: Included with garden admission


Butterflies of Lowcountry Gardens, Oct. 6 | 10 – 11 a.m.

South Carolina’s Lowcountry is rich in butterfly species with fascinating life cycles that depend on close associations with native plant species. Not all butterflies are brightly colored, a few are plant pests, and some don’t feed on nectar at all. In this program, visitors will learn how gardening for butterflies supports other pollinator populations and benefits vegetables and fruits.

Price: Included with garden admission


Bird Watching Walk with Hal Vivian, Oct. 12 & 26 | 7 – 9 a.m.

Participants will join Hal Vivian, a long-time member of the Audubon Society and avid birder, plus a long-time member and volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens, as he leads them on a walking tour of the birds around the gardens of Brookgreen.

Price: Free for members | Included with Garden Admission for nonmembers


Chasing The Light with Tanya Ackerman, Oct. 15 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Join photographer Tanya Ackerman as she shares her inspirations as she has looked through her lens during tours around Pawleys Island. She will discuss her book, Chasing the Light.

Price: Included with garden admission

Animal Sculpting with Paul Rhymer, Oct. 18-21

This 4-day workshop will concentrate on sculpting animals from models and other reference. Anatomy, armatures and understanding how to interpret reference will be the focus as we sculpt a subject. Taxidermy, casts, and photos of several mammals, birds, and reptiles will be the models.

Price: $550 plus materials.


How to Make a Beautiful Arrangement with Dried Flowers, Oct. 18 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In this program, participants will be assisted by horticulturalist Viki Richardson and Brookgreen volunteers in creating a beautiful, dried floral arrangement.

Price: $45 Member | $60 Nonmember


Zookeeper for the Day, Oct. 20 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Guests aged 12 and older gain a firsthand look at working in a zoo and spend the day helping zookeepers with their daily routine of feeding, cleaning, and animal care.

Price: $150


Open Studio, Oct. 27 | 10 – 11:45 a.m.

Open Studio sessions are a live monthly event open to the public in the Campbell Sculpture Center Studio. Participants will join Bryan Rapp, Brookgreen’s Director of the Master Sculptor Program, and observe sculpture-making processes and demonstrations. There will be time for a Q&A at the end.

Price: Included with garden admission.


Brookgreen 101, Brookgreen Gardens: Past and Present, Oct. 28 | 1 p.m.

Brookgreen 101 is a public information program offered usually on the fourth Thursdays of the month at 1:00pm in the Lowcountry Auditorium.  The topics may cover various aspects of Brookgreen Gardens including the collections, property history, people, poetry, art history, corporate history, the founders, and Brookgreen purposes.  Each program lasts approximately one hour.

Price: Included with garden admission.


Children’s Imagination Walk, Oct. 30 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brookgreen Gardens invites visitors to take an exciting “Imagination Walk” through the gardens. Guests can wear their favorite costume and enjoy tricks and treats along the way. “Treats” will be individually packaged and offered at several stations throughout the walk. Event is catered for 3 -12 years old, but all ages are welcome!

Price: Included with garden admission.


Ongoing Special Exhibitions:


Thomas Schomberg: Remembering 9/11, Sept. 11 – Nov. 7, 2021

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the exhibit presents A. Thomas Schomberg’s series of sculptures portraying the feelings of horror, anguish, and loss following the events of the attacks on America involving the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.  Schomberg says, “This column series I have been focusing on over the last several years is a collection of metamorphic figures that can be best described as individual vignettes of emotion.  Each sculpture, encompassing one to four figures, is the embodiment of separate and unique emotions…These works are giving me a unique opportunity in my career to thoroughly explore the human condition as influenced by historical events.”

Price: Included with garden admission


SANKOFA: The 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, July 3 – Nov. 25, 2021

Curated by Cookie Washington, this annual juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from across the country. The 14th installment of this traveling exhibition features fiber art pieces from 23 artists who were challenged to create a pictorial fiber artwork interpreting the Adinkra symbol of Sankofa, and its associated proverb to “reach back and get it.” The Sankofa images are a reminder to use the wisdom of the past to aid one in the present moment. The artists were asked to include one Sankofa in each artwork. The exhibit will feature 27 pieces of art, including three dolls and 24 quilts/wall hangings. Exhibiting artists include Aisha Lumumba, Carolyn Brackat, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, Janette Holland, Edith Gross, Joyce Daniels, and Renee Fleuranges-Valdes. The exhibit will be on display in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium daily from noon – 4:30 p.m.

Price: Included with garden admission


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