Da🎶sy, Da🎶sy you are our answer true
We’re half crazy over the love of you
You give us a stylish carriage
To reinforce our marriage
We look so sweet
Upon the seats
Of our RV built for two.
Our stylish carriage moves on to South Carolina.
Brookgreen Gardens, a former plantation, is a sculpture garden and a wildlife preserve south of Myrtle Beach, SC. There are over 1400 sculptures by 350 artists on display. Wayne Craven, the author of the book, Sculpture in America, stated that Brookgreen is “unequaled in its size, focus on figurative works, visibility of the sculpture to the visitor, and integration within a garden setting.” Marilyn and I spent an afternoon in Brookgreen Gardens and felt it is one of the most beautiful gardens we have ever visited.
SOUTHERN LIVE OAKS
Southern Live Oaks grow 40-80 feet high and over 100 feet wide. The green leaves remain on the trees all year long. In the Spring, the old leaves fall off, and new leaves emerge within a few days. The Oaks were often used to line the great entrances leading into the plantations.
Sweetgrass basket making was introduced to the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, SC area by slaves who were brought here from West Africa. The baskets are woven together and made from sweetgrass, palmetto, pine needles and bulrush. The basket making tradition is an important part of the West African cultural heritage. The 300-year-old tradition remains very much alive today. It is passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter.
Charleston is a historic town and exudes true southern hospitality. The Barbados style houses and their gardens are charming. We were fortunate to arrive in Charleston for the annual house and garden tour. The tour was a real treat and insight into the Charleston lifestyle. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited.
ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM & ZOOLOGICAL PARK
The Park houses 24 recognized species of crocodilians. There is an expansive rookery within the park that is home to wild and unconfined herons, ibis, egrets, spoonbill cranes, and wood storks. The birds seek the security of the alligator swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming beneath the trees, the birds know their young are safe from tree-climbing predators. Breeding season is from March to June, and the breeding plumage of the birds is spectacular.