While we were in Murrells Inlet we had the pleasure of walking through Brookgreen Gardens. I gave you a brief history about the Huntington’s in my post about Huntington Beach State Park.
Brookgreen Gardens is located on a 9,000 acre property which used to span four rice plantations.
The Huntington’s opened Brookgreen Gardens in 1932 to display Anna Hyatt Huntington’s sculptures. Today more than 1,200 sculptures grace the garden’s landscape.
There are multiple trails that you can take throughout the gardens. Myself, being a large child, loved the wildlife area. It’s more or less a miniature zoo that features birds, otters, deer, goats, wild turkeys, foxes, and more.
While there are plenty of domesticated animals for you to look at, you should always be on the look out for wild animals as you wander through the gardens and trails.
Did you know that foxes climbed trees? I didn’t.
We found this snake by one of the ponds.
Jeremy was lugging around his colossus and we had many people stop us and tell us about an owl that was perched on top of a statue’s head. This little fella had a bad eye and was content to sit in the same place for hours.
My favorite spot for sculptures was the Children’s Garden. Like I said, large child. But these sculptures were so fun.
The pig and the bat were my favorites.
There are also plenty of darker sculptures that are more thought provoking if you’re into that sort of thing.
Right on the brink of spring bits of color were popping up all over the place. In a couple of weeks this place will be gloriously splotched with new life.
If gardens and sculptures aren’t your thing, you can also walk through woodland trails and along the old rice fields.
Brookgreen Gardens is absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend stopping in if you’re ever in the area.