It was my first time visiting the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. December 9th, 2020 was a magical night. The gardens came to life with 2,800 hand lit candles and many sparkling lights. It had been over 20 years since I last visited. Brookgreen is a unique and special place with a very rich history that one can explore through various excursions programs. It is a must visit if ever in the lowcountry of of South Carolina. In 1930 Archer Huntington purchased this land and what is currently Huntington Beach State park where he built a winter home for him and his sculptor wife. Mrs. Huntington’s studio was moved to Brookgreen after his death in 1955. The gardens exhibit the largest collection of American figurative sculptures in the country: over 2,000 by 430 artists. I almost squealed with delight every time I spotted a sculpture nestled among giant oak trees or in the middle of a beautiful pond or a flower bed. It’s a beautiful, peaceful space to meander, meditate and find yourself.
In December, Brookgreen lights up with the sparkles of the season. My first visit to this Christmas event will not be my last. It brought about intense feelings of awe and put me in the Christmas spirit. It had been a struggle to get there this year given the sad and unsettling events of 2020. My friends, I invite you to peruse my photos and keep in mind they are nothing like experiencing this magical place in person.
Reference Brookgreen Gardens
- Brookgreen Gardens, SC
- Huntington Beach State Park, SC
- Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
- Belin United Methodist Church
- Moore Botanical Gardens, SC