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The Arboretum and Rose Hill will be closed every Saturday in July and August. Please visit us Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30.

Lockerly grew a tree in downtown Milledgeville
August 19, 2015

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Last Friday Milledegeville hosted a Mainstreet celebration and Lockerly was there to join in the fun. Trustee and Education Chair Kathy Chandler painted a tree for children to “grow” with leaves they painted during the celebration. Lulrine West and Sherrill Jones volunteered along with Kathy to help our tree grow. Our tree will live in the Woods Museum after it is renovated this fall.

Consider fall planting designs in August
August 11, 2015
The Union Recorder invited Lockerly to contribute a column to their Neighbors section every month. Our first article is below:

August can be a tough month for gardeners in the Milledgeville. We may have slogged through weeks of soaking rains from hurricanes and tropical storms, or weeks without rain coupled with triple digit temperatures. That doesn’t mean there aren’t productive things you can do in your yard and garden. August is a good month to do some housekeeping in your garden.

Weeds survive in the worst conditions. Don’t make your yard and garden beds compete with weeds for much needed water. You can also conserve moisture in the ground by adding mulch to your beds. One of Lockerly’s Plant Collection Team volunteers, Jan Adair, suggests mulching by putting a layer of old newspaper down and covering the paper with pine straw. This will discourage weeds, keep the soil a little bit cooler, and help retain moisture in the ground. Check your trees for any limbs that might come down in a storm, and stake out tall flowers and vegetable plants that may not hold up in severe summer weather.

In addition to regular yard maintenance this month, August is an ideal time to take a good look at your yard and do some recordkeeping. There are software programs designed for tracking everything you plant, but some gardeners prefer a simple spreadsheet for their information. Going low-tech and keeping a notebook can also serve the same purpose.

If you planted annual flowers for the summer and like the results, record how many plants you used and any notes that will help when you need to plant again next year. Adding a photo is a good idea too. This will make planting next year easier if you want to repeat what you enjoyed in your yard this summer.

Southern pine beetle

Southern pine beetle

Assess the health of trees and shrubs to make sure they are pest-free. Treat any problems as you find them. Lockerly volunteers came across a few pine trees suffering from a beetle infestation that we had to remove last month. We are monitoring nearby trees to see if they show signs of bugs in the next few weeks.

If you keep a compost pile this is a good time to check it. Turn it over if the materials have decomposed to the point where you can’t recognize what is in your compost “stew.”

Fall vegetables like kale, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and collards can be started in seed trays now and transplanted in your garden as soon as the end of September. Pumpkins can be grown in every size imaginable, and will add some cheerful color to your garden beds after the short and darker days of fall and winter arrive.

August is an ideal time to consider what you may want to plant in your yard when the temperatures are cooler. Fall rains in late October through November, coupled with cooler temperatures, provide good planting conditions for root systems to establish themselves over the winter and into spring. Consider the height and space required to help your new plants thrive. Trees that turn brilliant colors in the fall like ginkgoes also have nice shape. The deep red leaves of a Japanese Maple provide nice contrast if gray-green cedars are nearby.

One of the easiest ways to learn about plants and trees is by volunteering in the Lockerly Arboretum gardens. Our Dirt Digger program meets on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month from 9:00-12:00. Led by our Horticulture Director, experienced and beginning gardeners learn from each other as well as and our staff. We offer other volunteer opportunities in addition to the Dirt Digger program.

This month the Arboretum is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. After Labor Day weekend we will be open on Saturdays from 9:00-1:00. There is no charge to walk in the gardens. We also have picnic tables in the back lawn. Contact us for more information at, call 478.452.2112, or visit us at 1534 Irwinton Road in Milledgeville.


Camp 2015 was picture perfect!

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Thanks to camp counselor and professional photographer Jess Burke, we have great pictures of all our campers at the Arobertum. Visit our Camp 2015 page to see their adventures.

Tag, you’re it!
June 26,2015

Linda Jorgenson and Suzie Troxell June 2015

Linda Jorgenson (left) and Suzi Troxell (rigth) with #100 among the Anise Trees.

Under Trustee Shawn Davis’ leadership, we have taken on a plant identification, tagging, and data collection project for the Arboretum. We’ll be adding plant labels in the fall, if not sooner, so that visitors know more about the plantings here. Long-range plans include mapping them and putting the collection data base on our web site.

Two members of Team Troxell, Linda Jorgenson and Susie Troxell, tagged our 100th plant in the garden yesterday. Lockerly’s Executive Director offered lunch to the team that tagged the 100th plant, so Team Troxell will have a chance to spend time together over a nice meal soon.



Garden Art
June 30, 2015

Last month artist Christi Conner Tate taught an enthusiastic group of adults and children how to paintboth metal buckets and terracotta pots to use as garden containers. The
containers are painted in stages because each layer of paint requires some drying time.

Petal Driver's garden container

Petal Driver’s garden container

One goal of the workshop was to teach participants something they can do again at home. Some of our garden volunteers left with all kinds of ideas about future projects they’d like to do at home on their own.

Some workshop participants were keenly interested in painting rain barrels. If you are interested in doing that, or have suggestions on other workshops and classes you’d enjoy, email our Executive Director at or call 478.452.2112.

If you want to lead a class that would be great! Don’t be shy about sharing your skills with people who want to learn.