One of our favorite places we visited while in South Carolina was Brookgreen Gardens. This is not just a garden, but also a zoo and the site of the Oaks Plantation which was set on rice fields. The zoo portion had all kinds of animals from bald eagles and otters to alligators and foxes.
The garden portion has wonderful collections of flowers and huge sculptures all over the grounds.
Here's Kinsey in the Palmetto Garden. I'm in love with the brick wall in the background. It's two bricks wide on each section. This would be great in our backyard...maybe in the future?
An overview of the Palmetto Garden. The palms are on all four sides and hundreds of poppies line the pool. The poppies are such a great burst of color. I'm so happy they were in full bloom when we visited!
Foxglove up close. I'm thinking about getting some for next year's garden.
Me and some new friends.
Just one of the many smaller sculptures in various beds throughout the gardens.
In the middle of Live Oak Allee. These are centuries old Oaks with Spanish Moss hanging off the branches. Another favorite spot! Below the trees are beds of hundreds of daffodils. Unfortunately, they were practically over blooming when we visited. I can only imagine how great the yellow flowers looked against the green leaves and dark trunks.
Of course, we did visit the beach. We went to Huntington Beach State Park and the beach within walking distance to my grandparents' house in Murrells Inlet.
Kinsey isn't doing a crazy dance in the picture below (at least not at that moment). He's bending down to touch the water on our last morning in the Grand Strand.
This is a huge fish/shark tank in the Charleston Aquarium. Twice a day or so, someone dives in the tank and feeds the fish. We weren't here when that happened, but it must be crazy to see.
The albino gator.
Hello Mr. Turtle...(or Mrs. Turtle).
The week and a half went way too fast! We're hoping to go back sometime in the next year. This was our first visit in 7 years!