Capturing the beauty of the holiday season can be a challenge even for experienced photographers. Join this workshop at Brookgreen Gardens to learn photographic and lighting techniques to get focused photography of lighted holiday displays.
Participants must bring their own camera, lens, tripod, and batteries. They should also wear dark clothing. The class will be taught by photographers Anne Malarich, Jack Eyler, and David Fattaleh.
The class will include an overview starting at 2 p.m. and will move out to the gardens at dusk to capture the Nights of a Thousand Candles displays. Photos taken during the class must be withheld from social media and the public until the event opens to the masses on Dec. 5.
Cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members and includes a box lunch.
Location:Brookgreen Gardens 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Registered as a National Historic Landmark, Brookgreen Gardens is a wonder of native flora, fauna, and American sculpture. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Grand Strand, Brookgreen Gardens has been delighting visitors since its creation in 1931 by Anne and Archer Huntington.
Located off Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet, the entrance is conveniently marked by the larger-than-life sculpture Fighting Stallions by founder Anna Hyatt Huntington. Among the nine-thousand lush acres of South Carolina history and Lowcountry, landscapes you will find the most significant collection of outdoor figurative sculpture by American artists in the world. At Brookgreen Gardens you will learn about the rice plantations of the 1800s and the Gullah culture of the enslaved Africans who worked them.
Guests are able to see animals in scenic enclosures that respect the animals and the surrounding environment at the Lowcountry Zoo and Native Animal Habitat. The little ones will love the Butterfly House and the Peace Garden Room for Children along with the fountains, reflecting pools, and hidden pathways.
There are plenty of open, green spaces to walk or lay back and watch the clouds go by at Brookgreen Gardens. Picnics are allowed in designated areas. Guests can explore all Brookgreen Gardens has to offer on foot, by boat tour or by the Trekker tour vehicle. In addition to the natural and artistic beauty, Brookgreen Garden hosts a variety of holiday and cultural events. Be sure to attend the Harvest Home Weekend in October, Nights of a Thousand Candles in December, and check their website for special summer events.
Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is good for seven consecutive days, adults: $18, young adult and senior citizens: $16, children 4-12: $10, children under 3 are free. Open every day but Christmas, Brookgreen Gardens is open from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm with extended hours in the summer and for special events.