Ribbit the Exhibit

Ribbit the Exhibit sculptures are on display through July 9. 

Nobody will have to hear “I have nothing to do” this summer, not with the exhibits Brookgreen Gardens is offering.

There’s plenty going on to keep adults and children interested, informed and busy in the next few months.

Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience

More than an exhibit, the butterfly house, which will be on display through October, is actually an experience.

The lush garden filled with tropical plants is home to hundreds of butterflies.

Brookgreen Gardens director of marketing Lauren Joseph said the exhibit includes a pupae emergence room where guests can see chrysalis turn into adult butterflies.

“It’s beautifully landscaped, there’s music playing, and there’s even a new little sculpture in there,” she said.

The 30-minute experience is $3 for adults and $2 for children in addition to regular admission to Brookgreen.

Sculpture Exhibit

Scheduled to run through July 23, “Recent Acquisitions, 2014 – 2016” features the work of Stanley Bleifeld who lived from 1924-2011, Marion Roller who lived from 1916 – 2012, and Domenico Facci who lived from 1916 – 1994.

Each has multiple sculptures in the collection, which includes medallic art.

Bleifeld is well known for a naval memorial in Washington, DC. Joseph said the Brookgreen exhibit includes some smaller models of life-size sculptures at that memorial.

“One of the things I wish people would realize about Brookgreen is we don’t just have the Fighting Stallions statue on U.S. 17.” Joseph said. “Our collection has over 2,000 works by 425 different artists. We have one of the finest collections of American figurative sculpture in the world.”

This exhibit is free with regular Brookgreen admission.

Art Festival

The two-day juried art festival, June 3 and 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, gives guests the chance to meet and talk with artists, artisans and authors.

Joseph described the event as “similar to and on a slightly smaller scale than Atalaya.”

There will be more than 60 basket makers, glass blowers, weavers, woodworkers, painters, photographers, pottery throwers, jewelry makers and more.

The festival is free with Brookgreen admission.

Gullah Program

On Wednesdays in June, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m., Ron Daise, vice president for Creative Education and Gullah descendant, will present the entertaining and informative program about the culture, food, language and history of the Gullah Geechee people.

Daise created the TV program, “Gullah Gullah Island,” which ran in the 1990s on Nickelodeon. He will present this program in the Wall LowCountry Center Auditorium. Admission to the program is free with regular Brookgreen admission.

“He’s quite the entertainer and so very talented, and we are so blessed to have him at Brookgreen,” Joseph said.

Cool Summer Evenings

Starting Wednesday, June 14 and running through Friday, Aug. 11, Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens provide concerts, kids’ programs and dinner in the Pavilion Restaurant, open until 7 p.m.

On Wednesday and Fridays, there are outdoor concerts and Thursdays are reserved for the kids, until 9 p.m.

“Thursday nights are family nights,” Joseph said. “There are special things for them at the zoo, there are boat trips that include an interpreter dressed as a pirate, crafts, and lots of special things geared towards families.”

The boat rides are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

No alcoholic beverages can be brought onto the grounds, and picnics are allowed only in the picnic area.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children in addition to regular Brookgreen admission.

Ribbit the Exhibit

A larger-than-life traveling collection of copper frogs participating in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies and meditating on a lily pad is at Brookgreen gardens through July 9.

Sculpted by J. A. Cobb, there are lawn mowing frogs, gardening frogs and of course, leap frogs.

The main exhibit is beside the butterfly house, but other frogs are in the zoo area also.

This exhibit is free with regular Brookgreen admission.

Camp Brookgreen

Day camps for children about to enter kindergarten through grade 12 focus on age-appropriate activities. The emphasis is on the connection to the natural world, art and animals.

The camp includes hands-on activities, zoo and garden exploration, live animal encounters, crafts, games, stories and projects.

For details, call 843-235-6049.

For more information about any of Brookgreen Gardens’ summer activities, visit www.brookgreen.org.

“These events are not to be missed,” Joseph said. “At Brookgreen, things are ever-changing, simply amazing.”

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