While visiting the Myrtle Beach area, take a break from your typical vacation itinerary, and head to Brookgreen Gardens for an amazing educational experience. Located just south of Myrtle Beach, this must-see area attraction was named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by TripAdvisor, and features a unique combination of gorgeous gardens, amazing art, local wildlife, and rich history.
On Wednesdays at 1PM, visitors can join Ron Daise, Gullah descendant and Vice-president for Creative Education, for the entertaining and informative Gullah Geechee Program Series. Topics include culture, food, language, and the history of the Gullah Geechee people. Brookgreen Garden’s Gullah Geechee Program Series runs through November at the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium, and is free with garden admission.
About The Gullah
The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the Lowcountry regions and sea islands along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. They speak a Creole language (also known as Geechee) that is English-based, and influenced by African languages in its system of grammar and sentence structure. In addition to their unique language, the Gullah people have been able to preserve much of their cultural heritage, including folk arts and crafts, farming and fishing practices, music, religious beliefs, and wonderful rice-based cuisine. Thanks to their strong sense of community, they have also been able to preserve a rich story-telling tradition.
About Brookgreen Gardens
Since it was founded in 1931, Brookgreen Gardens has been a cultural center for the region. This award-winning, designated National Historic Landmark is one of the few places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
In addition to the Gullah Geechee Program Series on Wednesdays, Brookgreen Gardens offers a variety of tours, educational programs, and exhibits every day of the week, including their latest installment, Ribbit the Exhibit. This traveling sculpture collection features larger-than-life copper frogs in a variety of whimsical situations. Stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore the grounds on your own. Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30AM to 5PM. Visit their website for ticket information and for the Events Calendar.
The Lowcountry of South Carolina has a firm place in the history of America. Today the region is known as one the best vacation destinations in the county. But it is also home to the distinctive, tight-knit community of African Americans known as the Gullah. By learning about the Gullah and their rich culture, visitors can gain a better understanding of South Carolina’s past, and its people.
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