Brookgreen Gardens is rolling out the green carpet for two upcoming events.
The center will be celebrating the birthday of their river otter triplets on March 7 with a party, including crafts, activities, and story time. Join zoo keepers as they celebrate the playful otters with an interactive, fun-filled day of events. Access to all events will be included in garden admission.
Brookgreen is also gearing up for their annual Diggin’ It spring festival on March 21, which will feature fun gardening advice from several notable gardening experts.
The engaging and knowledgeable Dr. Allan Armitage is this year’s featured speaker, and he will offer expert tips in his morning and afternoon programs.
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Dr. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, as well as a prolific author, and has lectured worldwide. He has received many awards for his expertise, most notably the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society.
Brookgreen Gardens is also excited to have Dr. Robert Polomski back as a lecturer at the event. A well-known horticulturist and arborist, Dr. Polomski has entertained and educated both commercial and consumer audiences for over two decades. His research has been published in journals, and he has penned regional gardening books as well.
Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and display American sculptures, as well as regional plants, animals, and history. The center is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawley’s Island. For more information, please call 235-6000.
Please see more details on these two exciting events below:
Schedule of Activities for otter birthday party celebration
10 AM to 3 PM - Crafts near Birds of Prey exhibits
10 to 3 PM - Wetland Activities at Sculpture Center Shelter
10 AM to 3 PM - Discovery Cart at Alligator Exhibit
10:30 AM & 2 PM -Otter Party at Otter Exhibits
12:00 PM – Story time at Otter Exhibits
11 AM & 1 PM - Mother Nature’s Café Tour at the Plantation Barn
2:30 PM - Meet the Animals at the Lowcountry Center Program Shed
Diggin’ It programs in the Wall Lowcountry Auditorium
Dr. Robert Polomski
1 0 a.m. - 11a.m. - Learn to avoid these top 10 landscape mistakes.
An attractive landscape can add beauty and value to your home. Avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary effort to create a landscape that’s easy on the eyes and easy to manage. Learn about these "Top 10 Landscape Mistakes" so you can create a healthy, attractive landscape that looks good and saves you money.
Dr. Allan Armitage
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Tales From The Gardens: Who in the World is Nellie Stevens?
Where do plants come from? How does our garden grow? Why is yarrow called woundwort? How do the spots of lungwort affect medical research? How did unmarried men let available girls know their marital status? These are stories your mother never told you, and they may include plants you are not familiar with, but they are fun to hear.
Dr. Robert Polomski
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. - Have you checked your trees recently? Learn how to inspect your trees to keep them and you safe.
Trees provide numerous benefits to our homes and communities, but they may become liabilities when they fall or break apart. Some tree failures are unpredictable and cannot be prevented, but others can be avoided with a simple tree inspection. Many potential failures can be corrected before they cause damage or injury. Bob Polomski will address seven common structural tree defects that often result in failures, such as uprooting and trunk and branch breaks.
Dr. Allan Armitage
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Color - People Never Get Tired Of It
Dr. Armitage will present his recommendations on color in the garden, showing off the latest and greatest annuals that will take the heat of a southern summer and still look great in the fall.
In between lectures, the Brookgreen Horticulture staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer activities and tips on how to become a better home gardener.
Representatives from Waccamaw Audubon Society, Waccamaw Riverkeepers, Georgetown Daylily Club, and more will be on-hand and have informational tables throughout the day outside the Lowcountry Center. All the programs, speakers, and exhibits are free with gardens admission.