Brookgreen Gardens: Through the Seasons in Images and Words
A Collaborative Creation
Images by Anne Swift Malarich
Words by Community Poets and Brookgreen Gardens Staff and Volunteers
ISBN 978-0-9911124-2-5, 120 pp., 140 color photographs, hardcover with jacket, $39.50 (no tax)
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This collection was eighteen years in the making. When professional photographer Anne Swift Malarich began quietly roaming the gardens in 1997 with her young son in a stroller and her camera at the ready, she launched a pictorial tribute to the national treasure that is Brookgreen Gardens. From among the 10,000 photos shot annually, the ones selected here represent her personal favorites of the flora and fauna and of the arts and crafts on display.
Once the images were chosen, the staff and volunteers, as well as known community poets, were invited to select images that inspired love letters in verse or prose. Two award-winning, published poets - Susan Laughter Meyers and Libby Bernardin - joined the editorial board for the project and clarified the expectations for the book in a poetry workshop at Brookgreen Gardens in June 2014. And then, we waited to see if anyone would submit.
The response was an outpouring of heartfelt creativity. By summer's end, 172 poems from 39 individuals had been reviewed and edited. Each contributing author is represented in the final work. Those entries selected for the publication range in voice from dramatic to humorous, in style from rhyming lines, free verse, haiku, and narrative poems to prose as they express the thoughts and emotions inspired by the images of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington's bequest. In many cases, years of personal volunteer support of Brookgreen Gardens' horticulture, sculpture conservation, animal husbandry, and guest services informed the writers' insightful works.
Organized by season, the photographs and poems are bookended with two essays by Robin Salmon, vice president/curator of sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens for the past forty years. Original line drawings by Millie Doud, volunteer sculpture and animal docent for twenty-two years, form grace notes in the concluding indices of the sculptors and contributing poets.
- Linda Ketron, Editor and Publisher, CLASS Publishing Division
"There is no way to know how many budding artists, historians, and poets have been sent down and encouraged along their chosen career paths by visits to Brookgreen Gardens. But, we do know that scores of visitors through the years have been soothed, inspired, and rejuvenated by the magical wellspring that is Brookgreen Gardens. A walk in the sculpture gardens takes away worries and fears. It is a perfect place to dream, to grieve, to celebrate, and to contemplate life's successes and losses. Archer Huntington has provided to the Brookgreen visitor his own special vision of art and nature through his verses in the gardens. And now, inspired by her beauty and tranquility, those closely connected to her have penned their tributes to the muses of Brookgreen."
- Robin R. Salmon, Vice President of Art & Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens