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The Arboretum and Rose Hill will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.

Rose Hill placed on Georgia Register of Historic Places
April 23, 2015

GASHPO logo 484Rose Hill has been placed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. This designation moves our application forward to be reviewed for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination process required considerable research and documentation, which our former Executive Director, Jim Garner, led. The state has advised us that processing nominations to be placed on the National Register takes considerable time. We look forward to sharing news of this national recognition as soon as we receive it.

Join the Ocmulgee Audubon Society for their June 20th field trip to Lockerly
May 6, 2015
male Eastern Bluebird

The Ocmulgee Audubon Society, OAS, will hold a field trip on Saturday, June 20th, in the gardens of the Arboretum. OAS is the Audubon Chapter for the Middle Georgia area. This field trip will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by midday.
Audubon field trips typically center around bird sightings, but this one will include observing butterflies, plants, trees, and flowers.
The field trip is open to everyone at no charge. You don’t have to be an experienced bird watcher to participate.
For more information on the Ocmulgee Audubon Society, contact their President, Andre Coquerel, at


Life Enrichment Center captures Lockerly landscapes in Black and White Gallery

May 5, 2015

LEC Black and White Gallery April 24, 2015

Life Enrichment Center artists, staff, and supporters

Lockerly Arboretum celebrated a long relationship with the Baldwin County Life Enrichment Center last month with the Center’s Black and White Gallery photography exhibit and sale.

Artist Nancy Williams (left) joined Lockerly volunteers Peggy Dunford (center) and her sister Lillian (right) after Peggy bought one of Nancy's photographs

Artist Nancy Williams (left) joined Lockerly volunteers Peggy Dunford (center) and her sister Lillian (right) after Peggy bought one of Nancy’s photographs

Eleven artists from the Center contributed 33 photographs of Lockerly scenery captured in black and white with small splashes of color. The photographers received a commission from the sale of their work. Note cards with the photographs will be available at Lockerly for purchase soon.

Lockerly supporters, community members, and Life Enrichment Center staff, artists, and family members, enjoyed a reception on the front lawn of Lockerly after the ribbon was cut for the exhibit and sale. One of the photographs was purchased by Lockerly’s Executive Director so it could be displayed in the Administrative Office building. Please come see it the next time you are here.

We had something for everyone
April 14, 2015


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Lockerly visitors enjoyed plenty of sunshine and good company during all kinds of activities last Saturday. We started the day with a Plant Swap and finished with the findings of a search for historic items on the grounds. In-between we had Orienteering, tours of Rose Hill, a container gardening demonstration, and a peek inside the beehives that are new to the Arboretum.

Our youngest treasure hunter, Ella, helped her dad Travis Strickland of Milledgeville, and two other artifact hunters. In addition to an 1897 Indian head penny, they found a center cap from a Ford Model T and a child’s sterling silver ring.

Our plant swap included both common and hard to find plants. One participant arrived with a lovely tree from the persimmon family that she had grown but couldn’t use so she donated it to the swap. We appreciate the work that Bob Miller and Dede Reoch did to make the swap possible.

Kevin and Felicia Haywood set up an Orienteering course that inspired our staff to work on adding a course for young children and a second one that is more challenging. We’ll have those set up in early summer.

Jana Otis took advantage of the sunshine and did her container gardening demonstration outside. Roger Kicklighter, who has recently shared a beehive with the Arobertum, began a discussion about bees (we’ll invite him back to do a more formal presentation soon). Peggy Dunford, a Lockerly Dirt Digger, got to look inside the beehive with Roger’s help. Peggy’s sister Lillian, who is visiting from England, also helped us on Saturday.

Our Rose Hill docents, Carol McRae, Jess Burke, Sherrill Jones, Kathy Chandler, and Dede Reoch, opened the windows in the mansion so visitors could feel the breezes that the mansion’s tall windows were designed to capture.

We’ve got more planned for our year-long celebration. In the mean time come out and visit while the days a cool and everything is in bloom.



Register for Summer Camps!
Camp Worley registration closes
on May 22

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Join us for a class that will add color to your yard!


May 2015 Garden Tips


Lockerly Volunteer Survey


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