There is so much beauty to be found in nature. I’m very fortunate to have friends who see it too, and humored me by accompanying me to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC. Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, situated on about 9,200 acres of land just south of Myrtle Beach, SC. I’ve been to Brookgreen several times in the past, but it had been several years since my last visit.
Brookgreen rests on what was once 4 rice plantations. In addition to enjoying all the beauty of sculpture and nature, you can also get quite the education on plantation life too. If you’re ever in the area and have the time to visit, I highly suggest it. For $12, you can get a pass that’s good for 7 days. It is well worth the cost!
Here are a few of the man, many photos from our trip… We spent much of our time walking in the rain, but it was so worth it!
This pool and garden were absolutely beautiful… even in the rain! It was situated just outside the entry to the Live Oak Alley. You can see the gates directly behind the statue of Diana, the Roman Goddess of The Hunt, the Moon and Birthing. If you view the full-sized image, you can see a small hunting dog around her legs.
The Eagles Egg, situated next to live eagles, was sculpted by Ralph Hamilton Humes in 1953. Humes took up sculpture after loosing and eye and several fingers while serving in the army.
This is Live Oak Alley. It’s an absolutely stunning garden, set inside a high brick wall, with a center pathway that leads you through the amazing moss-filled live oaks. It is one of the most picturesque spots in the gardens.
Frog Baby is one of the cutest statues/fountains in the gardens. It’s so happy and carefree.
Frog Baby was cast by Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons in 1937 and has had several homes prior to Brookgreen.
There are surprises around every corner, including this fairy house type structure we wondered upon in one of the gardens. It was absolutely beautiful, with live plants literally dripping off of it.
This is one of the larger pieces of sculpture at the gardens, “Pegasus” by Laura Gardin Fraser. This piece was sculpted in 1954 and is three pieces. You can see the lines where the pieces meet.
If you’re familiar with the Bible, you’ve probably heard the story of Samson and the Lion. Well, this is the statue. It was created by Gleb W. Derujinsky in 1949. It’s a fairly large statue and is even more beautiful when it’s not streaked by the rain.
So, these are my Simple Things for the week. They don’t walk, talk or do anything to entertain us but exist and grace us with beauty.