Set on a 300-acre parcel in the heart of a 9,100-acre preserve along the South Carolina coast, Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful sculpture garden with a wildlife sanctuary, creek excursions, back road tours and seasonal events. Comprised of four former rice plantations, Brookgreen was the first public sculpture garden built in the U.S. The garden was opened to the public in 1931 by its founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Anna Hyatt Huntington's works are featured along with other prominent American sculptors. More than 550 pieces of figurative sculpture are featured in 10 separate garden "rooms," with accent pools and fountains. Seasonal offerings include a spring garden fair, two indoor changing exhibits, evening dining and other programs in the summer. Harvest Home Weekend festival in the fall and Night of a Thousand Candles during the holidays. Visit the E. Craig Wall Jr. Lowcountry Center and take enjoy one of the daily programs, tours and excursions.