About Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen -- the first public sculpture garden in America.

Stroll beneath the moss-draped branches of majestic live oaks. Appreciate the legacy of this country's most influential artists, writers and statesmen. Explore Brookgreen Gardens--where art and nature meet.

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Brookgreen Gardens owns over 500 works by more than 200 American sculptors, including most of the major figurative artists of the past 130 years. It is the largest permanent outdoor exhibition of American sculpture in the world. The original plan of the founders was to exhibit the work of Anna Hyatt Huntington in an outdoor setting. The idea worked so well that they soon expanded he collection to include the works of other sculptors. Some of the well known artists represented at Brookgreen are Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Frederic Remington, Paul Manship, James Earle Fraser, William Zorach, Gaston Lachaise and Harriet Frishmuth.

Works in the collection range in time from Randolph Rogers Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (1855) to the present; additional works are acquired every year. The significance of the collection has been recognized by the National Sculpture Society, the National Register of Historic Places and the South Carolina Arts Commission. A major landscape addition to the gardens was built in 1984 to exhibit Carl Milles' outstanding 15-piece group, The Fountain of the Muses.

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Many guests bring picnic lunches and use the spacious picnic area nest to Jessamine Pond. Picnic tables and trash receptacles are provided. There are soft drink and snack vending machines at the Visitors Pavilion.

Facilities are accessible to guests who rely on artificial or mechanical devices to be ambulatory. All of the walkways in the sculpture gardens are paved. Strollers and wheelchairs may be rented at the Visitors Pavilion.

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Brookgreen Gardens' staff includes 36 full-time and four part-time employees. A volunteer program has been in operation since 1983. This group of devoted volunteers helps the professional staff provide quality educational programs. Over 80 specially trained individuals donate their time in a variety of activities, including presenting public and school tours, dispensing information to visitors, assisting in the Museum Shop and education office, and preparing various mailings.
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