Sunday, April 14, 2013

Brookgreen Gardens (Part II) - into the wild

We ventured back to Brookgreen Gardens this past Saturday to get some more pictures and cover more ground. Strolling along the path, I ran into a PMK reader who said the blog inspired her to make the trek from Mt. Pleasant with visiting guests. After I jumped up and down clapping like a school girl and finished my cartwheels through the grass ( I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear about readers trying something new!), we continued our adventure...


Looking for something a bit wilder than the tranquility of the sculpture gardens at Brookgreen Gardens?  Tear yourself away from the amazing sculptures and manicured lawns...


Head in the direction of the zoo and butterfly garden. You can take an open-air shuttle, or stroll along the path. Bikes and scooters are permitted only on the actual road and not along the pathway. Did I mention the property is over 9,000 acres?! If you start with the gardens and sculptures, I recommend the shuttle to rest weary feet...


Arrive here at the entrance and gather with a tour guided group at 11am or 1pm (called "Mother Nature's Cafe"). Even if you prefer self-guided meandering, I encourage you to give 50 minutes to this tour as the guide walks you through while feeding all the animals along the way. You can get up close...


The open-air zoo is home to many species of animals, such as river otters...


It's the feeding aspect that makes it all so exciting for children and they will learn so much from the brilliant tour guides. The tour includes an amazing bird aviary...


To be honest, this is a bit like being in a giant birdcage with a 100 hungry birds... very up close and personal. Not for the faint-hearted!
On the subject of hungry little chickadees, I recommend that cold peach ice tea I mentioned in Part I post on Brookgreen Gardnes or a cup of coffee at the Old Kitchen...


However, if you're there on a weekend or during a busy special event, I suggest taking your own picnic and choosing any one of many relaxing picnic tables or benches...


picnic in the wild and you never know who may join you. Meet our new friend...



One cautionary note: there is a fair bit of poison ivy scattered about, so try to stick to the main picnic areas and stay on the path in the zoo area. Remember, it looks like this... ( just say'in ! )


Brookgreen Gardens
No pets allowed
Admission ticket is valid for 7 consecutive days!
Revisit post Part I 
For a map, directions, and details on tour times and events, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BrookgreenGardens

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