There are few places richer in culture and charm than the South Carolina Lowcountry. From gardens and wildlife to historic landmarks and sculptures, this region along the state’s coast is as educational as it is inspiring. To make the most out of a trip to the Lowcountry, Brookgreen Gardens is a must.
Here are four ways to learn about this unique South Carolina region at the Brookgreen Gardens.
There are several excursions you can embark on to learn more about the history of the Lowcountry. Hop aboard a 48-foot pontoon boat to explore the historic ricefields on the Creek Excursion. If you opt for the Trekker Excursion instead, you’ll take an overland vehicle deep into the Preserve, where you’ll see panoramic views of the Waccamaw River. On the Oaks Plantation Excursion, you’ll go on a mile-long walking tour to the site of the plantation home of the Alston family. All three tours are guided, so you’ll learn about the sites, landscapes and wildlife along the way.
2. Gullah Geechee Programs
Gullah Geechee people are descendants of enslaved West Africans, who were brought to the Carolina colonies of the 1700 and 1800s. Because Brookgreen Gardens was established along four former rice plantations, the Preserve is immersed in Gullah heritage.
The Gullah Geechee program series at Brookgreen Gardens celebrates the unique culture of the Gullah communities. Ron Daise, Vice-President for Creative Education and a Gullah descendant, shares his vast knowledge of Gullah culture, food, language and history through an interactive learning experience.
3. Lowcountry Trail
A quarter-mile in length, the Lowcountry Trail consists of a beautiful boardwalk along the restored “Mainfield” rice field of the former Brookgreen Plantation. While exploring the trail, you can listen to a fictional audio story that paints a picture of life on the plantation from different perspectives and see striking modern sculptures that represent that life.
4. Domestic Animals of the Plantation
When you visit the domestic animals exhibit, you’ll see historic rare breeds of chickens, horses, mules, cows, sheep, goats, and turkeys. These breeds are often considered more pure and genetically sound than those bred in modern industrial agriculture.
Visiting Brookgreen Gardens is a unique way to immerse yourself in the history and nature of the Lowcountry. The programs, tours and exhibitions are fun and educational for all ages.
Whether you’re planning a day trip to the Lowcountry, or you’re a local who would like to attend a program series, visit Brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000 to learn more.