Saturday, February 21, 2015

Brookgreen Gardens, Part Five

Since so many people in the U.S. and Canada are suffering from brutal winter weather, I felt like sharing some images that would, hopefully, warm our spirits until spring arrives.  I'm about to exhaust my stash of Brookgreen Gardens pictures; these might be some of the last ones that I haven't yet posted.  Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina comprises over 9,000 acres of themed gardens, including a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve.  It's built on four former rice plantations and takes its name from the former Brookgreen Plantation.



One of my favorite things about these gardens is all the Spanish Moss on the trees.  It adds such beauty and is so quintessentially southern.



We've visited these gardens a total of three times now, and we've never made it further than the sculpture garden.  It covers such a large area, and there's just so much to see here.



This statue of Pegasus is the largest sculpture in Brookgreen Gardens.  It was also interesting to us because it's carved out of granite, which came from Mt. Airy, a town not far from where we live in North Carolina.



The first two times, we visited in the spring and there were tulips galore in the sculpture garden.


You can also see a few primroses mixed in here.


I love this beautiful wisteria; it's one of my very favorite flowers.


I was very surprised to see this statue at Brookgreen, because I'd already seen it several years ago in a church garden in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  You can see that picture in my post about "Mitford."


These next three sculptures are a somewhat whimsical representation of mythological Greek and Roman gods -- in their youth.  They are part of a set of eight pieces titled "Childhood of the Gods."  The sculpture below is Neptune, holding his trident in his right hand.  Neptune is the Roman counterpart of the Greek god, Poseidon.




Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon and mythological Queen of the sea.


Pan, above with his flute, was the Greek mythological god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, groves and wooded glens.



This is the Diana Pool, one of my favorite spots in the garden.




St. Francis of Assisi



An American Indian and bald eagle.





A very whimsical sculpture of a monkey studying a cricket.  It looks so lifelike.





The rest of the pictures are nature shots in the sculpture garden.






You can see more pictures of these amazing gardens Here, Here, and Here.  If you live anywhere near South Carolina, I would highly recommend a visit to Brookgreen Gardens.  Regular Admission tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and they're good for seven consecutive days.  I think that's a pretty good deal.  There is definitely more here than you can see in one day.

Thanks so much for your visit!  I'm linking to "Mosaic Monday," hosted by Judith at Lavender Cottage and Amaze Me Monday, hosted by Cindy.  I hope you all have a safe and warm weekend!

Denise

7 comments:

  1. Oh, how beautiful these gardens are! You're making me yearn for spring.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. What a wonderful place to visit, Denise. I can see why you love going there. There are sculptures interspersed everywhere and the Diana Pool is so relaxing and pretty. Your photographs are so colorful and are making me anxious for Spring to arrive.

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  3. What a lovely walk thru the gardens.. The statues and flowers are all gorgeous.. I love the Pegasus statue and the wisteria is my favorite..Wonderful collection of images, enjoy your week!

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  4. Oh what a beautiful place and the images so cheerful in all of their colour with all splendour, lovely post~

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  5. Beautiful gardens, especially the statuary. Definitely my kind of place to stroll with camera in hand, thanks for sharing at Mosaic Monday Denise.

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  6. Wow, Denise, what an amazing spot. I love the old Spanish moss hanging from the trees too and sure wish my wisteria looked like that. A bright spot to lighten everyone's mood..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  7. Those gorgeous photos sure were a treat to see ... we are frigid under a polar vortex and up to the ying yang in snow!

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