Friday, February 1, 2013

Art and Flowers at Brookgreen Gardens

On this Friday and first day of February, I thought you might like to do some garden dreaming.  If it's as cold where you are as it is here, maybe some flowers will help us remember that spring is not as far away as it was.  We even have more hours of daylight than we did a month ago.  :)

These pictures are from Brookgreen Gardens; we took a side trip there in 2011 while we were staying at Myrtle Beach.  Brookgreen Gardens is located just a few miles south of Murrells Inlet in Georgetown County, South Carolina.  I'm only sharing about a dozen pictures today, since I'll probably do more posts on this beautiful place.  **These pictures were taken by my husband, Mr. Forest Manor.



Brookgreen Gardens is situated on about 9,000 acres of land, and we were only able to visit a tiny portion of the property while we were there. It includes several themed gardens, nature preserves, and a Lowcountry Zoo.  The land that comprises these gardens was originally inhabited by the Waccamaw Indians, but was developed into four separate rice plantations in the 1700's. The gardens took their name from one of these plantations, Brookgreen Plantation.

The pictures in this post are all from the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntingdon Sculpture Garden.  I chose mostly pictures featuring the color pink to celebrate the month of February and -- that special holiday.  :)


A sweet little fawn sculpture with pink and white Azaleas starting to bloom in the background.


Here are some pink and white Creeping Phlox blooming beneath the "Brown Bears" sculpture.




There are some small, pink Primroses with yellow centers in the foreground of this picture.


Their Tulip beds were spectacular; I love this combination of pinks, yellows, and reds.


 ...a few more pink tulips around the fountain.



I've saved my favorite for last.  


 I think this sculpture is just enchanting!


Doesn't this little boy look like he's having so much fun?!


I'll tell you more about the history of these gardens in Part Two.  Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed Brookgreen Gardens!

Denise

I'm joining:
 Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Mondays

24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous gardens! We have been by there so many times, but it's been YEARS since we actually went in. Sure will try to go this year...can't wait for Spring and your part 2!
    Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
    Cindy

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  2. Beautiful garden...love the little primroses. I've been hoping to find some in the stores, though it hasn't happened yet. Your husband is a good photographer!

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  3. Wow, that was so pretty, Denise! Your hubby did a great job taking the pics. The sweet little sculptures just made me smile!! Happy weekend to you.

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  4. Lovely photos. There is no place more beautiful in my mind than the Carolina coast and it's beautiful cities and plantations. Thank you so much for sharing them with us today. They make my heart happy and I agree, I love that little guy with the frogs.
    Cindy

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  5. Beautiful photos of a lovely place.

    I love seeing public gardens in different areas. Each is unique and beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful pictures. We'll have to put this on the list to visit sometime.

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  7. What a beautiful garden! The tulips and sculptures are amazing. You must have really enjoyed this visit.
    Happy PS,
    Susan

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  8. So pretty, Denise! Yes, garden dreaming is one of my favorite things to do. It is a beautiful sunny cool day here today and looking at the flowers in your post does make me anxious for spring to arrive. The robins were here in droves yesterday morning. They have been here for weeks now but yesterday they were all a flutter flying back and forth like they were racing each other.

    Your post reflects the great day you must have had strolling through Brookgreen Gardens. I love all the statuary pieces that are so artfully displayed and the plantings are very pretty. Those great moss laden oaks are magnificent.

    I like your new header. Good to talk to you. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Chicagoland area has snow right now. Enjoyed seeing these lovely photographs.

    Happy Ground Hog's Day!
    Joyce M

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  10. Beautiful gardens, Denise. Hubby's photos are wonderful, as always. I love the sculpture pieces. I am daydreaming about planting lots of pretty pots this spring! xo (P.S. Any luck tracking down the Christmas tree that holds the village? ;-))

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  11. I love the fawn sculpture.

    Please come and peek at my PINK.
    Your comment is always a joy to read.

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  12. I am new following you and enjoying these gardens! I love the little boy but I also loved the mermaid so figure! So sweet! HPS and enjoy the weekend.

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  13. what a lovely tour of the gardens. The sculptures are my favorite. The brown bears are so cute. And the tulips are gorgeous! Lovely photos, have a happy week ahead!

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  14. I can't even begin to imagine 9,000 acres. What an incredible place it must be. I came to read your blog fresh from skyping with my four your old grandson, who has a smile very much like the delightful little Frog Baby.

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  15. Lovely gardens. I makes me think spring. Valerie

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  16. I love visiting gardens! The Brookgreen Gardens look very special and I love the sculpture. Thanks for the touch of spring!

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  17. Beautiful photos and many interesting statues. The little boy is charming.
    Judith

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous photos ~ for Mosaic Monday ~ especially since MA just got Snow!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  19. beautiful images. The tulips remind me of the glorious tulip beds at Araluen in Perth, Western Australia. Glorious.
    Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday.

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  20. Hello Denise
    What a beautiful part of the world - magnificent gardens!
    I'm enchanted!
    Shane

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  21. What a beautiful garden to walk through and admire. That little statue is a joy!

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  22. Great pictures / collages. Thank you showed. Wish you a good day / good new week :) Hanne Bente

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  23. Beautiful pictures. I've never heard of Brookgreen Gardens, but we go to Myrtle Beach once or twice a year so we may need to check it out.

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