Earth Day at Brookgreen Gardens

Along the Grand Strand, we appreciate the natural beauty and splendor displayed by the coastal Carolina landscape. From the Atlantic Ocean to the unspoiled wetlands inland and along the shores of the Waccamaw River, the area branching out from Pawleys Island showcases unique ecosystems and landscapes that are worth protecting for future generations to enjoy.

On your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island, you can learn why these natural areas are worth protecting and what you can do to help by visiting the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens.

Taking place on Saturday, April 21st, the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens will be a great event for kids and adults alike to learn about nature, conservation efforts and the work that goes on behind the scenes to make Brookgreen Gardens the world-class botanical sanctuary that it is.

The Earth Day celebration will run from 10 AM to 4 PM that day with all-day garden demonstrations teaching attendees how to cultivate plants in your garden and helping novice gardeners learn the tricks of the trade.

Everywhere you look in Brookgreen Gardens, you’re sure to see vibrant floral displays, and during the Earth Day celebration, you will be able to purchase many of the same species showcased throughout the park at their plant sale.

At 11 AM, guests can learn how the intricate botanical sculptures of the park are made with an exhibition by park sculptor Trailer McQuilkin. Also, at 1 PM, Craig Sasser of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge will give a talk on native species of the lowcountry area.

The Earth Day Festival will also feature plenty of great activities geared towards kids. Guided tours of the Lowcountry Zoo will allow guests to witness and learn about native species including river otters, whitetail deer, bald eagles, red foxes and more. There will also be a variety of conservation stations to make learning about nature fun and allowing kids to construct make-and-take crafts to remember this special day.

The weather along the Grand Strand is only getting nicer each day, and with our amazing spring specials, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort have delighted beach visitors for years, and we’re sure that you deserve a relaxing getaway to this lowcountry coastal paradise!

Brookgreen Gardens: Brew at the Zoo

Presented by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, ‘Brew at the Zoo’ is one of our most popular fund-raising events of the year. Saturday September 27th  from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Guests enjoy tastings of more than 30 regional and national craft beers, entertainment by the popular local band “Bullfrog” and a signature tasting glass. The silent auction and drawings proceeds help fund the new waterfowl exhibit “Wings of Migration”. New this year, are Home Brewing Demonstrations by the Homebrewer’s Pantry and M.A.S.H (Myrtle Beach Area Society of Homebrewers) along with some games and activities. Food is available from Inlet Affairs Catering.

Tickets are $35 per person for members ($40 regular) and space is limited.

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4th of July Along the Grand Strand


Here is a partial list of things to do during the 4th of July Holiday:

July 4th

Celebration with the Indigo Choral Society at Kaminski House Museumin Georgetown at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your chair!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing at 10:15 pm.

Cherry Grove Pier Fireworksat 9:30 pm.

Murrells Inlet Annual Boat ParadeThe theme is
“Saluting our Founding Fathers” with a patriotic boat parade at 5pm. Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Pawleys Island Annual Parade10am-11pm – Come celebrate island style!

Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights Fireworks at 2nd Ave. Pier at dark.

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach 10pm

Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration – 6pm -10pm

July 5th

Independence Music Blast at La Belle Amie Vineyards – 12pm-5pm – Bring your chair for all day music, BBQ, and wine tastings!

Things to Do: Atalaya Wildlife & History Day

atalaya history marchAnnual Wildlife & History Day at Huntington Beach State Park this Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. Meet live animals, view seashells & fossils, and don’t miss the Birds of Prey at 1 p.m.

Winter: Things to Do in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is a popular place for snow birds to take refuge for the winter. Not only is the beach gorgeous in wintertime, but you don’t have to fight the crowds while you enjoy some of your favorite attractions in Litchfield and Pawleys Island.


Wondering what to do while you’re here over the winter? We’ve got plenty of ideas! Here are a few of our favorites:


•    Go shopping!


There is plenty of great shopping to be found in Litchfield and Pawleys Island. We tend to start at the Hammock Shops—you can wander for hours and never get bored, and you can pick up much more than just a rope hammock. There are also quirky and unique boutiques, and if you get hungry, great restaurants. And don’t forget to stop at Litchfield Books, one of the only independently owned bookstores on the Grand Strand!


•    Explore culinary delights.


One of our favorite afternoon pastimes is simply to head over to Fresh Market and wander. We’re always inspired to do something different for dinner by the unusual ingredients and treats. Sometimes we’ll just come back with an unusual cheese to nibble on with wine on another laid back Litchfield evening.


•    Visit Brookgreen.


Brookgreen Gardens is absolutely lovely in the winter. You may have to wear some extra layers, but it’s worth it to catch Brookgreen by candlelight during Nights of a Thousand Candles, which will be held this year on Dec. 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. But even if you don’t make that event, Brookgreen is still a great place to visit. The camellias begin blooming in December, and of you visit later in the season, you may also be able to catch some of the early spring flowers, such as daphne (which can bloom as early as January), daffodils, dogwoods, azaleas and even tulips.



These are just a few of our favorite ideas, and we haven’t even started with exploring farther afield to Murrells Inlet, Garden City or Georgetown. Really, when you visit Litchfield Beach in winter, it’s up to you—you can do as much, or as little as you’d like!


Things to Do in Pawleys Island



These “arrogantly shabby” beaches have been welcoming folks since the 1700’s when the Plantation owners would move their families, livestock and workers over to the island to escape the mosquitoes. Renowned for its surf, the Litchfield  Beaches and Pawleys Island offer miles of private, unspoiled, pristine coastline.  Just a few miles south of the busy, tourist area of Myrtle Beach – families enjoy more laid back, timeless vacation activities like crabbing off the dock, shelling, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the salt marsh. Fish from the surf, the pier or the marsh bridges. And if award winning golf is more your scene, then you’ve found the perfect spot! Within a few miles of one another you’ll find some of the nation’s most awarded golf courses by top golf publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.


While you’re visiting Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island don’t miss:


1. A spa day at Stox & Company.


2. Dinner at Chive Blossom, Websters, Bistro 217, Nosh, Rozs, Quigleys Pint and Plate, and Sanfords Smokehouse, Pawleys Island Tavern, Island Bar & Grill, Island Deli, Franks, Grouchos Deli, Hanser House Seafood.


3. Slow down a few minutes and see the Historic homes and sites on Pawleys Island, including the Sea View Inn and the old Pawleys Island Chapel.


4. Take home unique treasures and gifts found at White Harvest, The Hammock Shops, the Sweetgrass Shops and the Shops at Christopher’s.


5. Take home a piece of unique art from Gray Man Gallery, Cheryl Newby Gallery, The Litchfield Exchange (art mall) or one of the many galleries found in Pawleys Island that feature one of kind treasures from local artists.


6. Visit the Hammock Shops and see for yourself the creation of an Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.


7. Litchfield Racquet Club is one of the many fine amenities at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and was voted a “Top 50″ club in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine. 17 Har-Tru courts, 3 lighted for night play, allow players of all levels to come out for a match or join in scheduled round robins, clinics.


8. Stop in at Surf the Earth – The Island’s only complete Surf Shop offering Surfboards and Kayaks sales and rentals. Also available, surf lessons, kayak tours and free local delivery on rentals.


9. Great events, such as the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in September and October each year, and the Pawleys Pavilion Reunion held Mother’s Day weekend each May.


10. Nature Watching – Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island have several secluded spots, ideal for nature watchers including historic trails, tidal creeks and salt marshes.


Things to Do: Harvest Home Weekend Festival @ Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens’ annual Harvest Home Weekend Festival will be held this year from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12 and 13.

It’s a great outing for families, and will include activities such as pumpkin painting, hayrides and scarecrow building. The festival is free with garden admission, and food and live music are also on the agenda.

This is the 15th year of the Harvest Home Festival, and every year about 5,000 people enjoy the event. You can bring your own old clothes down to make a scarecrow in your likeness, and if you have room, you can even take yours home for $5! The pumpkin painting is another favorite event. Brookgreen supplies the paint, you only have to buy your pumpkin!

Kids can even try their hand at the old-fashioned art of spinning yarn from the wool cut from the sheep at Brookgreen. The entertainment has yet to be set for the event, but last year’s event included a puppet act as well as a toe-tapping bluegrass band. And if all that fun makes you build up an appetite, you’ll also be able to purchase some tasty food, including barbecue, sandwiches and snacks.

Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most popular attractions on the south end of the Grand Strand. The nearly 1,000-acre property is full of themed gardens, gorgeous sculpture, trails and even the Lowcountry Zoo.

The property that is now the gardens was at one time four rice plantations. Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased the land and created the gardens in order to display Anna’s sculptures, which were widely recognized to be some of the most accomplished works of their kind during her time. It is now home to the world’s biggest collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting.

Brookgreen is lovely any time of year, but autumn is a favorite. The gardens haven’t yet gone into hibernation mode, and the weather is perfect for strolling outside. Plus, you won’t have to battle with summer crowds! So whether you make it down for the hayrides and harvest-time fun of the festival or not, plan to visit Brookgreen if you’re in the area this fall.