I Visited Brookgreen Gardens for the first time about 15yrs ago.
I had gone with two friends and their families.
I had never heard of the place,and literally stumble across it with two of their teenage sons.
I was trying to find some activity that would keep there minds stimulated and too keep them out of trouble.The three off use really enjoyed it,and it was very educational,as well as a calming and a relaxing escape from the rat race of the modern world with all its worries and distractions.
Both the families were amazed,when their two teenage sons came back filled with so much fasinating,they went on about it for days.
We only went the one day but it made an impression on the three of use that has lasted a lifetime.
We only saw a very small part of the gardens,in the few hours that we were there,but it's magic
had become apart of us.
I travel alot and have all over Central America,to Beautiful Mayan Ruins in Belize,Gautamala,and Southern Mexico.
I had just return from a three week trip to Chaco Canyon,in New Mexico and Mesa Verde in Colorado.in May 2012
So I have saw alot of beautiful places in my life thus far
But None match the magic of Brookgreen Gardens SC.
My second trip was in July of 2012,and it was as spontanious as the first.
Me and a friend went to Charleston,Sc for a few day and then decide to go to Myrtle Beach for a few day.
( Note,One of the teenage boys from my first trip had passed away in April of 2012,from a drug overdose at age 32,and it was a huge loss of to me,as well as so many other.)
As I drove North from Charston,Sc,my mind was called back to Brookgreen Gardens an it's beauty and majesty.
It was if though I was being pulled back there,I told the friend that was with me about it and about the first time that I had went there,and about how I felt that I needed to go there again.
So we decided to stop in Murrells Inlet,and go there again.
It's fourteen dollars for a seven day pass to the complete site.
Where else can you get really good clean relaxing,educational fun for two dollars a day?
I was'nt prepared for the first day there,or all the emotions that I would fell or all the Blessings that I received that day and the following week.
I had skipped the fifteen min history film the first time there,but decided to go ahead and see it this time.
The following is a poem that's on the fifteen minute film about the gardens,it is also on a wall in the garden along with several other poems.
Inscription for a Garden Gate
Pause,friend,and read before you enter here.
This vine-clad wall encloses holy ground.
Herein a mellowed garden dreams away the years.
Steeped in serene,sweet light and muted sound.
Herein tranquility and peace abide.
For God walks here at cool of evening-tide.
Pause,friend,and strip from out your heart.
All vanity,all bitterness,all hate;
Quench, for this hour,the fever of your fears.
Then,treading softly,pass within this gate.
There, where the ancient trees wait,hushed and dim.
May you find God, and walk awhile with Him.
Pearl Council Hiatt
I knew at that moment,why I was there again,
I began to uncontrollably weep,shake and cry.
My friend setting beside me said nothing.
I wanted to get up and run up out of there,but I didn't.
I finished the film,then went outside leaned up against a stone pillar, and had a really good cry.
I had never really moured the death of my friend,and had been carrying him around with me since his untimely death earlier that year.
There amoung those ancient oaks,and beauitful flowers,and Sculpture,I felt as though he let go of me;and I could see him running along the open yards ad gardens.
We stayed the week,and returned everyday;and I have to save it is one of the most unique places that I've ever been.
The flora may not be named but who care.
You will never find a place with so much different flora, fountains,and sculptures in one place,the place is set on 10,000 acres,and it also the only certified zoo in South Carolna.
It has something for everyone of all ages,but there is a lot of walking but take your time.
You can't see it all in seven days.
Would recommend to anyone and everyone
you cant go wrong
Tim N T
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