About Lockerly

Lockerly Arboretum

 

Mission

To provide outstanding ecological, horticultural and historical education in order to promote preservation and stewardship of the environment, by fostering an understanding of and an appreciation for the natural world.

 

Values

Stewardship of the environment

Preservation of history

Organizational, environmental, and financial sustainability

Equal treatment and access for all citizens

Organizational transparency


History

The Lockerly Arboretum Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, has served the Milledgeville and Middle Georgia community for over 50 years as a public garden and educational resource. Founded in 1965 by Mr. E.J. Grassmann of Elizabeth, N.J., the Foundation seeks to provide outstanding ecological, horticultural and historical education in order to promote preservation and stewardship of the environment through greater knowledge and appreciation for our natural resources, wildlife and flora, and the history of our area.

Mr. E.J. Grassmann established the Lockerly Arboretum Foundation in 1965. When Mr. Grassman purchased the grounds and mansion, it was called Lockerley. He changed the spelling from the  British preference of Lockerley to the more familiar American spelling of Lockerly with only one “e”. The Lockerly grounds, about 26 acres at the time Mr Grassmann purchased them, were set aside as a public garden and horticultural education facility. A major restoration of the house was conducted at that time, and it was operated as a guest house for Mr. Grassmann’s corporate interests, the American Industrial Clay Company and Georgia Kaolin. The Arboretum property was added to over the years, and the house eventually came to be owned by English China Clays. In 1998, the house was acquired by the Arboretum, and was opened to the public as a house museum.

In 1999, Col. and Mrs. Oliver Worley donated 193 acres of land in Putnam Co, GA to Lockerly Arboretum Foundation and provided Lockerly with the resources to develop this property as a nature center. The Oliver N. Worley Outdoor Education Center is used for educational programs, Boy Scout programs, and Lockerly’s popular summer camp program.

 

Lockerly Arboretum 50th Anniversary Celebration
October 2015
50th anniversary party