Brookgreen Gardens, Sculpture in Myrtle Beach, SC

By |2018-05-29T04:14:30+00:00May 28, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, History Travel, North America, United States|Tags: , |4 Comments
USA South Carolina Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden Diana

The goddess Diana is represented more than once at Brookgreen Garden Sculpture Garden.

When it comes to the attractions of the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, I’d have to list my favorite as Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Garden.

Now I like pancake houses and miniature golf as much as the next guy, but you all know that Kris and I are real suckers for art. Especially when the display of that art is so unexpected, refreshing, and new to us. Because, honestly, we’d never heard of all the American sculptors whose work is displayed at Brookgreen Gardens, and we were so glad to make the introductions.

The collection contains over 2,000 works by 425 artists and contains almost exclusively figurative art–that is, human and animal figures from nature, history, and mythology. I’m especially fond of figures from the classical mythology field, being the classics geek that I am.

Oh, and the gardens and fountains themselves are spectacular.

All in all, the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Gardens are a real American gem, and worth making a special trip to this part of South Carolina to spend a delightful morning wandering in them.

Here are some photos from the Gardens. Sorry I’m not more of an expert on American sculpture but if you’d like to know more, perhaps try one of these books.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden archer

Is this a young Diana? Or Cupid? Or just a random “I shot an arrow into the air…” fun seeker? Answer: It is Young Diana, by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden Joy

I do love this one, especially in its setting. It’s called “Joy” by Karl Heinrich Gruppe.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden nymph fawn

I also loved the stunning display of “Nymph and Fawn” by Karl Paul Jennewein.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden muses fountain

The fountain of the garden muses was delightful, but slightly incongruous, because aren’t the Muses women? Nevertheless, it’s called Fountain of the Muses by Carl Milles.

USA SC Myrtle Beach sculpture garden 3 Phryine before judges

In addition to all the lithe beauty, there’s this more constructionist “Phryrne Before the Judges” by Albert Walter Wein.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden tortoise train

There’s a children’s area, too, with lots of whimsical sculptures of cute animals. This is “Tortoise Train” by W. Stanley Proctor.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden saint james triad

The “Saint James Triad” by Richard McDermott Miller.

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden don quixote

One of my all time favorite subjects is Don Quixote, this one is by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

USA SC Myrtle Beach sculpture garden 1

I just love sculpture, don’t you?

USA SC Myrtle Beach Brookgreen sculpture garden reflections

Sometimes the garden itself is the sculpture. Especially when there’s a symmetrical reflection.

USA SC Myrtle Beach sculpture garden 2 gator

Careful, that’s not a sculpture.

USA SC Myrtle Beach sculpture garden gator warning


If you’re interested in some more photos and info on the Brookgreen sculptures, here’s a fairly comprehensive list with pictures.

NOTE: Visit Myrtle Beach hosted our visit to South Carolina. You can read more about our visit, and why you should catch a flight to Myrtle Beach here.

And you’ll find some other views of Myrtle Beach here.

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  1. Jill May 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Brookgreen Gardens is also my favorite place in Myrtle Beach. If you ever get a chance, see it at Christmas time when they present “A Night of Thousand Candles”. If you can get tickets! It’s presented for two weekends and it sells out immediately. I was able to score tickets a few years back and it is, to this day, one of my favorite ever “Christmas Lights” experience – although it is much different than that.

    • Tom Bartel November 9, 2018 at 5:19 am - Reply

      We’ll have to make a point of seeing it then. Since I was there, I’ve wanted to go back. It really is a stunning place.

  2. Lauren Monitz November 9, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply

    OMG I absolutely loved this place. The dreamy Spanish moth is exactly what you picture in this corner of the country. Great pics!

    • Tom Bartel November 9, 2018 at 5:18 am - Reply

      Thanks. We absolutely loved it, too. Great art among great natural and cultivated beauty. What could be better?

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