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Holiday Open House


Don’t forget to visit Lockerly during our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Using fresh greenery from the Arboretum, Milledgeville’s four Garden Clubs will be decorating Rose Hill in period appropriate style for the holidays. Plan to enjoy the beauty, smells and ambiance of the holidays by attending this annual event.  Rose Hill will be dressed for the festivities from December 8th until December 15th.  Friends of Lockerly may enjoy the Open House free of charge. The entry fee for non-members will be $3 per person. Proceeds will support our Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future drive.





Lockerly Arboretum Receives Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant

Lockerly Arboretum was recently awarded a grant for $5921 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for the Rhododendron Collection Enhancement Project. This grant will be used to enhance the rhododendron and native azalea collection by adding new plants, irrigation and signage. A new educational brochure highlighting trees and shrubs along the nature trail where the rhododendron collection is located will also be created.


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust was created in 1970 by May Smith , in honor of her late husband. The trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture in North and South America. Grants are typically made to nonprofitorganizations such as botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities.


The project will begin soon and the work will be completed by the end of 2017. Follow our progress on Facebook .



Georgia Gives Day



Thank you to those who supported our Georgia Gives Day Drive. We are dependent upon our donors and appreciate the support of ALL who donate not only dollars, but volunteer time, ANY TIME OF THE YEAR! Georgia Gives Day brought in $3,465. Thank you everyone!






American Conifer Society Reference Garden

Left to Right: Rodger Flotta, Debbie Foster, Jeff Rutel, Barbie Colvin, Jerry and Lance Pailer.

Left to Right: Rodger Flotta, Debbie Foster, Jeff Rutel, Barbie Colvin, Jerry and Lance Pailer.

On November 4th, Lockerly’s Conifer Collection was officially designated an American Conifer Society (ACS) Reference Garden! After leading ACS members/sponsors Rodger Flotta, Jeff Rutel, and Jerry & Lance Pailer on a stroll through the arboretum’s 600+ specimens, Horticulture Director Debbie Foster was thrilled to receive news of becoming one of nineteen Southeastern Region Reference Gardens. Southeastern ACS Reference Garden Coordinator Barbie Colvin was also on hand for this momentous occasion!

The conifer collection at Lockerly Arboretum was started in the early 1980’s. The majority of it was planted between 1988 and 1992. In February of 2009 the arboretum received a gift-in-kind of over 100 conifers from Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca, South Carolina to support our efforts in the redevelopment of the conifer collection. In 2011 Lockerly Arboretum was awarded a grant from the ACS Southeast Region that provided an additional 90 conifers to enhance the garden. A second ACS grant for $3000 was awarded in 2013. In late December 2013 and January 2014, over 115 new plants were added to the collection as a result of this grant. Currently the reference garden has over 600 specimens representing 23 genera, 45 species, and 151 different cultivars.

Lockerly Arboretum will be one of five reference gardens in Georgia, including Armstrong State Arboretum, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Gilbert Gardens, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. For a complete list of conifer reference gardens in the Southeast Region go to





Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future
Received Community Foundation Grant

Lockerly’s “Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future” drive received $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia in October. With this grant acquisition, funds from the Watson-Brown Foundation, and individual donations, we have generated $42,250 toward our goal of $100,000 to preserve Rose Hill for future generations. Plaster repair and painting in two bedrooms is scheduled to begin in the near future, and work on the two parlors and central hallways will begin after the first of the year.


To learn more about this project go to . Donations may be made online or by checks made payable to Lockerly Arboretum and marked for Rose Hill’s Heritage.



YOUR support is needed and appreciated!

Community Foundation of Central Georgia
Gerald Grimes Plumbing
Ed Hall
William R. Harper
Alan & Sherrill Jones
Milledgeville Garden Club Council
Bill & Dede Reoch
Frank & Ann Vinson
Russ & Anne Walden
Watson-Brown Foundation
Robert Wood
Anela Kolohe Foundation




Dendrobium Orchids in our Greenhouse

Dendrobium Orchids in our Greenhouse

Executive Director Job Announced

With the recent resignation of Lockerly’s Executive Director, the Foundation Board of Trustees is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill this vacancy.


Position Description

The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible to the Board of Trustees for the development and implementation of long term plans for fundraising, grant writing and public relations, as well as planning and budgets for day to day operations. Major responsibilities include staff management, facilities maintenance, budgeting and finance, coordination of volunteers, and management of the Arboretum’s website, social media connections, monthly newsletter, grant writing, and fundraising (includes solicitation of donors, sponsors, “Friends of Lockerly”). The ED will support the efforts of the Education and Horticulture Directors, work closely with volunteers and serve as the “public face of Lockerly”.


Click here for the full job announcement which includes job qualifications and how to apply.




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