Still buzzing about the Garden…..

The Huntingtons bought four rice plantations in decline as a site to build Brookgreen Gardens.  The river is affected by the ocean tides, yet is far enough inland to not get the ocean’s salt.  The design and control of the rice fields came from West Africa and has been practiced there for, reportedly, thousands of years.

The Garden has an extensive “Lowland” section documenting a way of life and culture we barely had time to visit.  However, we did take a boat ride through hand dug canals that included over a dozen sightings of……

image.jpegOur guide had life jackets for us. A sinking boat seemed more attractive than wrestling this guy.

Emotionally spent after a long and wondrous day, we retreated to Graham’s Landing for scrumptious oysters and great views! (Thanks for the recommendation, Kate and George.)  Yes, a perfect day.

“The silver gardens of the south”

Brookgreen Gardens – neither words nor pictures do this place justice – truly a spiritual experience every time.  Thank you Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington for this wonderful gift you have left for all to enjoy.





A few shots from the Children’s Garden


Diana, goddess of the hunt, plays big here!

Young Diana
The Young Diana
Diana 2
Man Ray’s version
Diana 3
This piece was considered one of Anna Hyatt Huntington’s greatest works

Diana 1

Of course some of our favorites were trees

This Live Oak was here when the Constitution was signed


Huntington Beach State Park SC

We pushed a little further up the road to spend these next two nights at Huntington Beach State Parkin Murrells Inlet SC, just south of Myrtle Beach.  The park was once part of the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington estate, and their unusual home, Atalaya, is still open to the public.  Today we enjoyed wandering around the park, and looking forward to a day at Brookgreen Gardens tomorrow.