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The Arboretum will be closed Thursday, November 26-Sunday, November 29 

Get your calendar out and plan to come to Lockerly next year
November 16, 2015

We are making plans for events and activities in the coming year. If you have an idea for a class, workshop, or event, we’d like to know. In the mean time. be sure to save the date for what is scheduled (so far) for 2016:

Day of Service in the Arboretum, January 18- We are inviting school groups to work on the trails in the Arboretum on the morning of January 18th

Great Backyard Bird Count, February 13- We’ll be counting birds and logging them as part of the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Other outdoor activities will be planned in addition to the birding.

Friends of Lockerly Plant Sale, April 21- Friends of Lockerly members will pick up the plants they pre-ordered for our plant sale. We are discussing an informal social time together late that afternoon.

Lockerly Plant Sale– April 23 and April 24- We will hold our plant sale for the public on these two days.

Life Enrichment Center Black and White Gallery Photography Exhibit and Sale– April 29 in the evening

Hypertufa Workshop– June 14 (morning)

Fall Family Day– October 1

Camp Worley and Camp Discovery dates will be announced early in 2016.

We are also going to schedule a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the Chihuly Exhibit. That trip will happen sometime between April 30th and October 30th.

Dale Chihuly’s “Sol del Citron” will be included in “Chihuly in the Garden,” coming to the Atlanta Botanical Garden next year from April 30 to Oct. 30. Atlanta Botanical Garden photo

Dale Chihuly’s “Sol del Citron” will be included in “Chihuly in the Garden,” coming to the Atlanta Botanical Garden next year from April 30 to Oct. 30. Atlanta Botanical Garden photo

December Volunteers of the Month



Students working in the annual bed near the Admin Offices

Our December Volunteers of the Month are students from Dr. Harriet Whipple’s classes at GCSU.
Dr. Whipple requires her students to complete volunteer hours in the community, and fortunately some choose Lockerly. Students worked all over the Arboretum raking, spreading pine straw, clearing out old plants, and weeding.

One specific area where their efforts are most appreciated is the wooded area near the Admin Office Building. Late in the summer, the Merry Magnolias Plant Team applied some serious elbow grease to clean the bridge there. Dick Mueller followed their work with repairs to the bridge. With the path cleared by student volunteers, we have made access to that area easier. It now serves as a nice place for a shaded walk.

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December Garden Tips
Debbie Foster
Horticulture Director

December has finally arrived. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind us and our thoughts are now turning to Christmas.  As we prepare for the holidays many of us will be putting up Christmas trees. The oldest record of a cut Christmas tree decorated in today’s tradition is reported in a travel diary from 1605, which describes a fir tree in Strasbourg, Germany, hung with paper roses, apples, wafers, and candies. Tradition suggests that the first Christmas trees in the United States were wooden pyramids covered with evergreen boughs decorated by children in a German Moravian church settlement at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Christmas Day in 1747. From that beginning, the use of a real Christmas tree as part of the Christmas holiday celebration in the United States has grown until today more than 30 million real Christmas trees are purchased each year in the United States.

Choosing the right Christmas tree is very much a matter of personal taste. There are many factors to consider such as appearance, availability, price and durability. The most popular choices are Scotch

Frasier Fir

Frasier Fir

pine, Eastern white pine, blue spruce, Douglas fir,Frasier fir and Norway spruce. Fraser fir ranked the highest among these in terms of needle retention, firmness of branches, resistance to ignition, and fragrance. The average tree will grow for 6 to 12 years before reaching a marketable size. Pines usually grow faster than spruce or fir, which makes them available at a lower price. Scotch pine has strong branches that will support relatively heavy ornaments. The needle retention is good but it will not tolerate periods without water. Frasier fir is the most fragrant. It has relatively strong branches to support heavy ornaments and the needle retention is excellent.

The best way to tell if a tree is fresh, is to lightly grasp a branch of the tree and gently pull the branch and needles through your hand. If the tree is fresh, very few needles will come off. It is normal to have some brown needles drop out from inside the tree. Each year a new batch of needles develops and the oldest needles on the tree die. These needles should be shaken from the tree before it is taken into your home. Cover the tree with a tarp while traveling home from the store to prevent it from drying out, particularly if it is going to be on the roof of your car. If the tree is to be kept for several days before setting it up inside the house, place it in a bucket of water and store it in a cool, shaded and protected place. If it has been more than 6 to 8 hours since the tree was last cut, recut the tree before placing it in water. Remove an inch or more each time the tree is recut.

The lower the temperature and the higher the humidity, the longer a cut tree will last indoors. Do not locate the tree near sources of heat such as a fireplace, heaters, open vents, or direct sunlight. A fresh cut tree will absorb a large amount of water especially during the first week. If the water level drops too low, the end of the trunk will form a seal of dried sap in as little as 4 to 6 hours. A tree stand should have a water basin that provides 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter. For most trees, the stand should hold at least 1 gallon of water. Replenish the water daily. Do not use anti-transpirants, water holding gels, additives (floral preservatives, molasses, sugar, bleach, soft drinks, or aspirin) or flame retardants on your tree. Clean water is all that is needed to maintain freshness. A well cared for tree should last at least 3 to 4 weeks before drying to an unacceptable level.

Please come see Rose Hill while the house is decorated for Christmas using fresh greenery from the Arboretum. If you didn’t get your ticket to the Holiday Reception on Friday, December 4th from 5:00-7;00, there may be one or two extras. Call Vicki at 478.452.2112 to get yours.

If you can’t join us Friday evening, please come tour the house during Saturday’s Holiday Open House on December 5th from 10;00-2:00. Tickets are $3.00 per adult and $1.00 per child and can be purchased at Rose Hill.


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If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger card, your trip to pick up groceries can benefit Lockerly Krogerprograms every time you use your Kroger card. Please sign into your Kroger account and choose Lockerly as your Community Rewards recipient. Thank you for supporting Lockerly when you buy groceries.









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Holiday Events
hoto by Charlie Miller,
Georgia DNR

Mark your calendar for our Holiday Party on Friday, December 4th,  from 5:00-7:00 pm, and Rose Hill Holiday Guided Tours on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00-2:00.

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