Miscellany, Brookgreen Gardens

So. What does Brookgreen Gardens offer other than blurry bluebirds? I’m glad you asked.

Their website breaks out four categories . . .

Botanical Gardens

It turns out that March is not the best time of the year to appreciate the botanical nature of the gardens. Come back in April, they advised, when the azaleas are blooming and the butterfly exhibit is open. However, we did see one lovely redbud in bloom.

Close-up of branch of redbud in bloom

American Sculpture

Here we were on better footing. The sculptures hang out all year.

Close-up of head of bronze of girl

Close-up of lion head's in bronze sculpture

Low-Country History

A 45-minute cruise along an old canal and two streams gave the narrator time to talk about the area’s history — plantations, slavery, and rice growing — as well as an opportunity to prove that the signs don’t lie. I saw the gators for myself, and am willing to take their word for it on the snakes.

Sign warning of gators and snakes

Low-Country Zoo

Taking photos in zoos seems to me to be cheating, but I’d never been this close to an active black-crowned night heron so I couldn’t resist.

Close-up of black-crowned nigt heron, fishing


As always, the unplanned or unexpected elements can be as important as the main attractions.

I added to my small collection of arch photographs.

Walkway under brick archesI witnessed camouflage in action, when my co-visitor asked a few times what I was taking a picture of. The answer? A very still and nearly invisible squirrel.

Squirrel in crotch of tree in camouflage coloursAnd I watched a tufted titmouse (I think) try to figure out what to do with the feeder.

Tufted titmouse hanging upside down on feeder

Is this way up?

Tufted titmouse, hanging onto bottom of feeder

Is there supposed to be food here somewhere?


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2 Responses to Miscellany, Brookgreen Gardens

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    The heron offers an optical illusion. Even knowing what it is, I still see it as a sort of blue-grey bird flopped on top of a grey-white bird. It’s like an Escher drawing — no matter how you look at it, you’re wrong.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – Or right? I looked again, but I can’t see it the other way. Maybe that’s because I took and edited the photo.

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