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Brookgreen Gardens

Ever Changing. Simply Amazing.

Brookgreen Gardens



Published: May 27 2022




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The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

An oasis of art and nature, Brookgreen Gardens is America's first public sculpture garden and largest collection of American figurative sculpture. Founded in 1931 by Archer Milton Huntington and Anna Hyatt Huntington, its lush South Carolina coastal location, between Myrtle Beach to the north and Charleston to the south, is an exquisite setting for the more than two thousand works by four hundred twenty-five artists—including more than one hundred sculptures and other works by Anna Huntington, many placed in the gardens she designed. In 1984, Brookgreen was designated as a National Historic Landmark, highlighting the number of women sculptors whose work is presented in the collection, as well as the significance of the work of Anna Huntington. Today, Brookgreen has become a cultural institution unlike any other, blending sculpture, historic sites, botanical gardens, and the Lowcountry Zoo.

As Brookgreen begins its ninetieth year, this volume celebrates the art, nature, and history ensconced in its 9,127 acres. More than one hundred color photographs; an introduction by president and CEO, Page Kiniry; and a foreword by its chairman of the board, Dick Rosen, bring Brookgreen Gardens to life on the page.

"Brookgreen Gardens is an enticing introduction for those who haven't visited yet and an immersive rediscovery for those who have. The book illustrates beautifully how sculpture, horticulture, and wildlife enhance each other—Brookgreen draws its unique spirit from all three—and how the Huntingtons thoughtfully foresaw this synergy long before other benefactors did."—Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur

"The photographs in Brookgreen Gardens sparkle and show the beauty of the art and the unique landscape, but more than that, they illuminate all the facets of Brookgreen, bringing you close so that they caress the sculpture and reveal the elegance of the trees and plantings."—Larry Lederman, author of Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty

"Peaceful, thoughtful and beautiful, Brookgreen Gardens – simultaneously art museum, botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary – has something for everyone. Its thought-provoking, tranquil and playful elements help preserve and interpret aspects of the history and environment of the South Carolina Lowcountry and that of the Gullah Geechee people."—Amy Dempsey, author of Destination Art

"This book is a joy to read, and celebrates one of our nation's garden gems. A combination of public garden, wildlife sanctuary and art museum, Brookgreen Gardens is an extraordinary institution, a credit to the vision of its founders as well as the staff who continue to curate it with such great care. Among American cultural institutions, I would think that the word unique is an apt descriptor."—Michael J. Balick, vice president and director, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden

"Brookgreen Gardens is one of the hidden jewels of America, a sanctuary that celebrates the full wonder of South Carolina, its history and culture, flora and fauna, spirit and imagination. Nature and the arts inspire us, bringing peace, joy, and solace, and the Huntington family's gift provides both a window into the past and a vista into the promise of a future informed by the beauty, tranquility, and glory of the natural world."—Wade Davis, University of British Columbia

"As a horticulturist and environmentalist, I've rejoiced in the Garden's removal of invasive species, the addition of more native plants and pollinator-friendly gardens, and the protection of timberlands. Brookgreen Gardens creatively highlights the conservation of art, the importance of historical accuracy, and the preservation of natural resources."—Amanda McNulty, host of Making it Grow

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