The Scarecrows are Coming!!!

Join Lockerly Arboretum for our Second Annual Scarecrows in the Arboretum!  This family friendly activity is open to everyone; individuals, families, businesses, organizations, Scout Troops, schools, clubs and more!  Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up by September 18th by registering online (click HERE) or download this registration form and mail it in with your $10: 2017-trifold.pdf
  2. Set up your scarecrow the week of September 25-29.
  3. September 30: Exhibit opens and voting begins!



Past Events


2017 Spring Plant Sale

April 6: Friends of Lockerly Members Only Sale, 2pm – 6pm

April 7: Open to the Public, 9am – 6pm

April 8: Open to the Public, 9am – 3pm


Holiday Reception and Open Householiday-open-house

Using fresh greenery from the Arboretum, Milledgeville’s four Garden Clubs decorated Rose Hill in period appropriate style for the holidays. Visitors enjoyed the beauty, smells and ambiance of the holidays during two planned events, the Holiday Reception and the Holiday Open House. Both events were a huge success and proceeds will support our Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future drive.  The Holiday Reception in 2016 was completely sold out so please plan to buy tickets early for 2017.




Thank you to our Garden Clubs & Sponsors!

Carrington Woods Garden Club
Milledgeville Garden Club
Old Capital Garden Club
Town & Country Garden Club

Abbey View Farm
Century Bank & Trust
Chandler Brothers Ace Hardware
Lyn & Kathy Chandler
Covey Rise Tree Farm
John Darity
Exchange Bank
J.C. Grant Company
Protective Cleaners
Studio Designs Printing
Williams Funeral Home

Catered by Aubri Lane’s


Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day – October 8, 2016

Family Fun Day was deemed a huge success by all who participated. There were guided hikes, candle making, leaf prints, microscopes, geology activities and much more.  Admission was free and everyone was welcome. In addition to hands on learning activities, visitors explored the arboretum and voted for their favorite scarecrow.

Our Education Director Greg Eilers and Committee Chair Kathy Chandler worked tirelessly to coordinate Family Fun Day activities.  With almost 200 visitors, the Arboretum was filled with not only the beauty and sounds of nature, but also the laughter and voices of parents and children as they ran, played and explored the Woods Museum, trails and science activity tables. Some chose to take a docent-guided tour of Rose Hill and many examined an active Honey Bee Hive provided by Roger Kicklighter.

Without volunteers Family Fun Day would not have been possible. A special thank you to ALL who gave their time and expertise for this event: Terriessa Barman, Sara Brantley, Nancy Chaklos, Kathy Chandler, Carole Eisenhart, Kathe Fuller, Doug Goings, Carolyne Guitton, Kent Horton, Pat Johnson, Wanda McKnight, Arlene & Dick Mueller, Kathy Scott and GCSU students from Dr. Harriett Whipple’s class and Mrs. Ruth Eiler’s Academic Outreach Program.


Mother Nature

Mother Nature

Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger

We Have A Winner


Best in SHOW – “Mother Nature” by Lyn & Kathy Chandler with 152 votes.

Best in CLASS – “Tree Hugger” by GCSU students Andrew Powell, Courtney Parker, Rebecca Hart, & Rachel Reed with 95 votes.


We want to thank all of the people who entered scarecrows in our 1st Annual Scarecrows in the Arboretum Contest. The response was overwhelmingly positive with hundreds of visitors coming out to vote for their favorite scarecrow. There was a total of 1,028 votes. Everyone enjoyed this event and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.



Suzi Troxell takes home ribbons in first day lily contest
June 29, 2016

The Central Georgia Day Lily Club held its first America Hemerocallis Society sanctioned show on June 9th at Lockerly Arboretum. Merry Magnolia Plant Collection Team Leader, and Dirt Digger, Suzi Troxell entered some day lillies from her yard, and took home two ribbons in the Novice category. Her plant collection team members Jan Adair, Jean Stevens, and Sharon Carr were here helping, and learning, as members of the day lily club. We are always glad to host events where our members can enjoy being here when they aren’t volunteering for us.

Suzi Troxell, Blue Ribbon, Small Flower caterogy, Mountain wildflower (left), Purple Ribbon, Novice Category, Little Grapette

Suzi Troxell, Blue Ribbon, Small Flower caterogy, Mountain wildflower (left), Purple Ribbon, Novice Category, Little Grapette


Dirt Digger Field Trips

The Curreys preserved a garden designed to be enjoyed from second floor windows.

The Curreys preserved a garden designed to be enjoyed from second floor windows.

On June 6th, Lockerly Dirt Diggers headed to Sparta for an afternoon visit with Robert and Suzy Currey at their historic home, the Harley-Rives home. We began our tour with one of the Elm Street Gardens farm managers, Josh Plymale, who explained how they produce compost, use a “no weed” system, and what is thriving in the gardens. Suzy walked us through the bonsai garden tended by her husband Robert and son Brownlee. From there we walked into the side and front lawns, where organically grown blueberries were ripening. The bonus for us was being invited to walk through their restored historic home, which is surrounded by their gardens. The Curreys have gone to great lengths to preserve the house, while adding modern features like a guest bathroom upstairs.

Robert led our group through the Sparta Mushroom farm. The Curreys saved and restored a brick furniture factory across the street from their home, and got busy growing mushrooms. They are mixing a sterile medium and growing the mushrooms in hoop houses set up inside the restored factory. Sparta Mushrooms are sold at Whole Foods, two farmers markets in Atlanta on Saturdays, and the Elm Street Gardens on Tuesday and Friday afternoons during the summer.


Sparta Mushrooms growing in sterile medium.

Sparta Mushrooms growing in sterile medium.

The Curreys shared their enthusiasm for living in rural Georgia, and Sparta in particular, with us. They are committed to helping build a diverse and vibrant community in Sparta, and are always looking for ways to engage fellow citizens, especially young adults.

If you want to buy produce at Elm Street Gardens, take your shopping bags or cooler, and visit them on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 in the summer. If you are lucky, you may meet Suzy or Robert at the produce stand behind their house!

Want to see historic homes in Sparta? The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting a tour in Sparta on Saturday, August 27th. Get all the details here. 







Plastic containers make great molds for Hypertufa.

Plastic containers make great molds for Hypertufa.

On June 14th, the Hypertufa class we offered was so popular that Debbie Foster was able to offer a second smaller class. Parents and grandparents brought children along to make containers of all sizes and shapes. One mother and son pair made the “bowl” for a birdbath the family is making.

We were glad to welcome five new Friends of Lockerly who became members so they could support the Arboretum and take advantage of the lower registration cost for members.

Volunteer Opportunities at Lockerly

We can always use volunteer help in the Arboretum. If your civic, church, or school group would like to spend some time helping us in the Arboretum with trail maintenance or other projects please contact us. We have projects for all ages. You can reach us at or call 478.452.2112 for more information.