Little do I know at the time, Brookgreen gardens is named one of the top 10 gardens in the US by Trip Advisor.
Established on 4 former rice plantations in 1931 by Ann Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen Gardens is a non profit outdoor museum and is designated as a National Historical Landmark, because of Anna Hyatt Huntington's significance as an artist and patron the of the arts.
As with most gardens I visit, I am immediately transformed into a tranquil, dreamlike state of mind. I can not imagine being in this space and having angst of any kind. For me, there are two locations that can wave their magic wand and produce this type of inner peace; gardens and being under the ocean scuba diving.
Two symbiotic epiphytes, often called airplants (which actually take their nutrients from organic matter, such as windblown dust, or fallen leaves that accumulate around their roots rather than the air) live in these trees; spanish moss and resurrection ferns.
Although I am tempted to run my fingers through the moss, I don't dare as I've heard about the small red chiggers that live there, imparting misery through an unbearable itch.
The staff is getting ready for the holiday season stringing hundreds of light from the trees. This requires some massive wiring of which I get a "behind the scenes" peak.
Seeing this broken light fixture brings a smile to my face, reminding me that a garden is always a work in progress, no matter how large of a staff that works in it. I vow that when I return to my own, I won't be so critical.
I am literally the last visitor out of the gardens that evening with the security guard closing the gates behind me. I pause just a few minutes more to enjoy the departing beauty.