Brookgreen Gardens

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Brookgreen Gardens is on more than 9,000 acres of former farms and plantations south of Myrtle Beach. It has a sculpture garden, a zoo, and a wildlife preserve with various ecosystems, like the Lowcountry Zoo. Each garden has a different theme. There is a Kitchen Garden, a Palmetto Garden, a children's garden, and a terrace garden full of perennials and flowering plants. The Live Oak Allée, a collection of 250-year-old trees, was planted in the early 1700s during the plantation era.

Over the course of the gardens and in three galleries, more than 2,000 works by 430 artists are shown. This is the country's largest and most complete collection of American figurative sculptures and was also the first American public sculpture garden, established in 1932 by Archer Huntington and his wife, renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.

During the Night of a Thousand Candles in December, the gardens are turned into a magical realm of colored lights that looks like a fairy tale.