When it comes to finding things to do around coastal South Carolina be sure visiting Brookgreen Gardens is at the top of your list. You don’t have to be a flower lover to appreciate all the events they have going on because it’s not just a garden. They offer a large assortment of cultural programs, sculpture workshops and various exhibitions, and even have a Lowcountry Zoo. There are plenty of things to do at Brookgreen Gardens and following are just a few of them.

The Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience is a seasonal exhibit you have to see to believe. Hundreds of butterflies fly amidst lush gardens overflowing with tropical plants. There are Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Julia, Queen, Swallowtail, Buckeye, American Lady and Painted Lady butterflies that live here. The Whispering Wings butterfly house has a pupae emergence room where you can observe the breathtaking transformation a butterfly goes through from chrysalis to adult butterfly. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children for a 30-minute timed visit in addition to regular garden admission.

You won’t want to miss An Evening Under the Palmettos on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This black tie event takes place in the stately Palmetto Garden. Featuring cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, entertainment, and a limited silent auction. Tickets are limited ($175 per person) and can be purchased by contacting The Friends of Brookgreen office, 843-235-6018. Proceeds from “An Evening Under the Palmettos” will go to help create the Waterfowl: Wings of Migration exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo.

On Sunday, May 25 the 2nd Annual Brookgreen Gardens 5k/One Mile Race will begin at 6:30 p.m. and wind through the gardens at dusk. The race is limited to 400 runners so register now! Registration for the 5K is $25 through April 30; $30 from May 1-23 and $35 the day of the race. Registration for the 1-Mile Race is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of. Registration Closing Date is Friday, May 23. Package pickup will be at the race start line area from 5 p.m.- 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. Entrance into the gardens will begin at 5:00 p.m.