Brookgreen Gardens Part I

Good morning friends,

Bob and I took a few days this past week just to get away.  We stayed at the Marina Inn on the Inlet Waterway as we enjoy the yachts and other boats around the marina.

I heard bout Brookgreen Gardens and I had to make a visit.  Brookgreen is like no other park that I have ever visited.  Beautiful, amazing, lovely….I could go on and on but you get the picture. The gardens, the statuary and live oaks were amazing and inspiring.  This is a 9,100 acre property.  Bob and I only saw a tiny portion of these gardens. There is so much history that I will try to include as we go along. It is the country’s first public sculpture garden and has the largest collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in the world.  This will be done in three parts.  I am joining the very talented Pam Richardson at Gardens Galore today.  Put on your walking shoes…..

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About 1445 works of American figurative sculpture are displayed at the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden.  Other artists are also featured. 

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Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer Milton Huntington, stepson of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington, and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington to feature sculptures by Anna and her sister Harriet Randolph Hyatt Mayor along with other American sculptures.

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Cowboy and Bucking Bronc

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The live oaks were unbelievable.  Originally what is now Brookgreen Gardens was four rice plantations.

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Fighting Stallions by Anna Hyatt Huntington

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This maze made of twisted vine went on and on.  Had never seen anything quite like this.

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Another view of the Fighting Stallions.

 

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Flower gardens everywhere.  These colors were so cheerful against this beautiful wall.

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Black eyed susans everywhere!

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I am not going to try and name all these sculptures.  The fact is I cannot but I hope you will enjoy this pictorial journey.

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The Visionaries shown in several different ways.

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Chinese Tree

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Caladium in all colors everywhere.

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Diana of the Chase

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This is called High Tide depicting boys and gulls.

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The Saint James Triad

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The Park Bench Statesman.   Bob asks him “How are you doing today?” If you answer, I will make a new exit at Brookgreen Gardens!

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Heron, Grouse and Loon

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Gazelle Fountain

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This was new and I believe not yet named. Bob and I called it “Resting in the hand of God.”

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                                    Circle of Life

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Joy of Motherhood

Bob commented: This is you and Jennifer, my beloved daughter.  

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Look for Part II coming soon.

      Dianne

 

6 thoughts on “Brookgreen Gardens Part I”

  1. Beautiful garden – I love the sculptures. You really should add the address and a link to the garden site. I had to go do a search to find out where the garden is.

  2. Dianne, wow what beauty. I have heard of these gardens but I haven’t been. The statuaries are absolutely stunning, what gifted sculptors and artists. I could never pick a favorite among the ones that you have shown, they are all amazing. I think I have to tell Butch we need a road trip. Can’t wait to read part 2. Thank you for sharing at Gardens Galore sweet friend!

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