On May 31st, 6 couples from the club headed for a day out at Brookgreen Gardens. Participants were the Wahl’s, Clems, Panes, Wests, Lawrences, and the Williamsons. Our first stop along the way was none other than Dunkin’ Donuts to tank us up for the trip.
Once there, we headed for the Visitor Center to check out “What’s Blooming” and watch the introductory movie.
Next was our guided garden tour with Hal and Alice Vivian, long time volunteers at Brookgreen. Alice is a master gardener and knows her plants while Hal is the history buff. Between the two of them we really got a most informative tour.
Lunch at the Pavilion Restaurant (on the grounds) followed and we were joined by our guides. After lunch there was some free time on our own and some went to the zoo and some took the low country trail where the Williamsons had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the residents of the wildlife population – snakes
Our afternoon excursion was the Nature and History Tour to the site of one of the 4 plantations that make up Brookgreen Gardens. There we learned about the Alston family and how life was then for both the slaves and the gentry during the heyday of the rice plantations. Leonardo, our tour guide shared a wealth of information and answered lots of questions. By that time, the somewhat weary group finished the day in the gift shop and began the trip home with a stop at Bonefish Grill for an excellent dinner.
It was a great day with good weather, good fellowship, and good food. We just might do this again.
Don and Mary Sue