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New Executive Director

Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director

The trustees and staff are excited to ring in 2017 with a new Executive Director. Jennifer Pollard, a 1995 GCSU graduate with a BA in History, assumed this leadership role on January 3rd. Mrs. Pollard brings a wealth of experience (20 years to be exact) in fundraising, strategic planning and non-profit management, along with the professionally recognized CFRE (Certified FundRaising Executive) credential, which she has held since 2008. CFRE is a globally recognized credential for fundraising professionals, dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process.

While a student at GCSU, Mrs. Pollard served as a docent at the Old Governor’s Mansion and studied local history under Dr. Bob Wilson. She’s a native Georgian whose years in non-profit work have taken her from Macon’s Heritage Foundation, up the eastern seaboard to Maine’s Old York Historical Society where she received advanced training in museum management and curatorial practices.  From Maine, she made her way back to Americus, Georgia by way of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Massachusetts and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in Maryland, where she spent 13 years as Director of Development.

Mrs. Pollard is coming to the Arboretum after serving as VP for Development at Magnolia Manor in Americus. She has been an active member of the Americus Rotary Club, serving as Secretary and Strategic Planning Committee Chair. She and her husband Bill are pet lovers who enjoy hiking, camping and outdoor activities.

As the Arboretum’s Executive Director, Mrs. Pollard, will provide leadership in promoting the Foundation’s mission through strategic planning and fundraising, as well as day-to-day operations. She is excited about assuming this responsibility and eager to become involved in the Milledgeville/Baldwin County community. The Foundation’s trustees and staff are equally excited to welcome her to the Arboretum. We hope you’ll come to the Arboretum and meet her soon.




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 .



Opening day celebration at Massee Lane Gardens: Saturday February 4, 2017

Celebrate a southern classic with the 2017 Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens, with special events in January and February, the peak blooming season for camellias in Georgia. The Festival’s opening day celebration on Saturday February 4, 2017 features a ribbon cutting to launch the Georgia Department of Tourism’s new Georgia Camellia Trail, which features over 30 gardens, including Lockerly Arboretum.

Admission is free from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2017 and includes a video presentation on the history of Massee Lane Gardens, self-guided tours, and free scavenger hunts for children.




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 NOW 

Lockerly’s “Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future” drive continues to grow and is now almost halfway in reaching our goal of $100,000. Please join us in preserving our beautiful 1852 treasure for future generations.

To learn more about this project go to Donations may be made online or checks, made payable to Lockerly Arboretum & marked for Rose Hill’s Heritage, may be sent to:
Lockerly Arboretum
P.O. Box 310
Millegeville, GA  31059
YOUR support is needed and appreciated!

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



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