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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.

And the winner is….
April 14, 2015


The name of our new tree in the front lawn is Tucker. Seventy-one percent of our    voters chose this name among five candidates.

Sandy Mercer of Sandersville submitted the name Tucker, and it has a special meaning to him. Daniel Reese Tucker was Sandy’s third great-grandfather.

Don’t miss out on any of the events at Lockerly!

March 24, 2015

Lockerly 50th AnniversaryWe have so much planned at Lockerly that we are dedicating a page on our web site for events and activities. Visit our Events page to stay up to date on what we have planned. In addition to April events, we have a class scheduled for June 20th for painting a garden container to use at home (you don’t have to be an artist to have fun during this class). Check back often so you don’t miss anything happening at Lockerly.


Lockerly launches Eco-Explorer Program


Lockerly’s new outdoor exploring program for children ages 12 and younger will send children on an eco-scavenger hunt to learn more about the wildlife and plants in the Arboretum.

Children can register any time of the year to participate. After they register they will need to come back to the Arboretum once every three months, pick up the current Eco-Explorer checklist at the office, check off what they see, and turn it back in when they are done. After four visits over the course of 12 months they’ll get a Lockerly Eco-Explorer t-shirt!

There is a $5 registration fee for each child, and they get a Lockerly sticker when they register. We’ll even send the Eco-Explorer’s family a reminder every three months.



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Thunderstorms, accompanied by locally heavy rainfall at times. A few storms may be severe. High 74F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%.



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