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    Sowing Seeds of Knowledge

    Reaps Conservation with


    Environmental Edition, Mary Lovings, Editor

    Landscape Design Edition, Dr. John Barnett, Editor

    Horticulture Edition, Gail Berthe, Editor

    Volume III, Issue Number 12 Landscape Design Edition April, 2017

    The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

    Beautification … Conservation … Education


    Well, the past two years have gone by us way too soon! It has been a pleasure and joy to be the

    editor for Landscape Design Newsletter. I have enjoyed working with Gail Berthe and Mary

    Lovings in setting our goals, newsletter template, and complimenting each other on our individual

    newsletters on environmental, horticulture and landscape design studies.

    This issue of Landscape Design is my last newsletter as I pursue a very different avenue with Garden Club of

    Georgia. As most all of you know by now, I have been honored by being nominated as the Laurel District

    Director for 2017 – 2019. I am so privileged to lead Laurels of Light with my co-director, Marie Purser. If

    you didn’t know, I will be the very FIRST male District Director in Laurel District, and, as far as we know, in

    the state of Georgia (Garden Club of Georgia). I would like to thank the nominating committee for having the

    confidence in me to lead Laurel District. I covet your prayers always, but especially during the next


    I do not know who the next Landscape Design editor will be but I wish the best for the editor. I ask you to

    please be as supportive and complimentary to the next editor as you have been to this editor. I know you will!

    I have appreciated the contact that you have given this editor during the past administration.

    We have ‘traveled’ from North Georgia, East and West and South Georgia with many gardens and mansions

    that we have ‘visited’ in Landscape Design Newsletter. This editor hopes that you have learned a lot about

    places to visit, as well as landscape in gardens and maybe you have incorporated some of these ideas in your

    own garden.

    This editor looks farward to reading our newsletters during the 2017 – 2019 administration. This editor

    always would like to wish each of you the very best in your individual families, gardens and garden clubs

    across our state.

    This editor thought it would be a nice finale to ‘visit’ other Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites in this final

    2015 – 2017 newsletter. We can’t ‘visit’ all of the ones left due to space but we will ‘visit’ as many as we

    can. Have fun and let’s landscape our gardens with designs we have seen.

    May God richly bless you always.

    Dr. John Barnett, Landscape Design Editor

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    This pretty park west of Augusta, A. H. Stephens State Park and Historic Home, is best known for its

    equestrian facilities, Confederate museum and lakeside group camp. Horseback riders can explore 21 miles of

    trails and stay overnight in their own campground. Overnight guests can choose from lakeside cottages or a

    modern campground, while large groups can enjoy privacy in the park’s group camp or pioneer campground.

    Historic Home and Monument Historic Home Exterior Historic Home and Gravesite

    Historic Home and Museum

    Chief Vann House Historic Site and Gardens: During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader

    and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation,

    covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County. In 1804 he completed construction of a beautiful 2 ½-story

    brick home that was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. After Vann was murdered in 1809, his son Joseph

    inherited the mansion and plantation. Joseph was also a Cherokee leader and became even more wealthy than his

    father. In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west by state and federal troops on the infamous

    Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma. Today

    the Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home.

    Historic Home Exterior Outdoor Amphitheater Students enjoy Learning Old Ways

    Cabin Ruins

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    This is the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia's coast. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was

    the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded

    earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell. For the

    next seven years, His Majesty’s Independent Company garrisoned the fort. They endured incredible hardships

    from disease, threats of Spanish and Indian attacks, and the harsh, unfamiliar coastal environment. After the

    fort was abandoned, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site in 1736. The

    settlement, called Darien, eventually became a foremost export center of lumber until 1925.

    Fort King George Landscape at Fort View of Fort from River

    Indian Dwelling

    Robert Toombs House Historic Site: A legend in his own time, Robert Toombs was a successful planter and

    lawyer who led a turbulent career as state legislator, U.S. Congressman and Senator. “Defend yourselves; the

    enemy is at your door...!” thundered Toombs from the Senate floor on January 24, 1860. The following year,

    Georgia seceded from the Union and Toombs personified the South by evolving from conservative Unionist to fire-

    breathing secessionist. After serving just five months as Confederate Secretary of State, he resigned to serve as

    brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia. In 1870, as the Reconstruction Era drew to a close in Georgia,

    Toombs felt that Georgia should live under a constitution of her own making. His last service to Georgia citizens

    was helping create the Constitution of 1877, which was not amended until 1945.

    Robert Tooombs House Gardens at the Gazebo View of Gardens from Balcony

    Back of House with Landscape

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    A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial

    estate of Noble Jones (1702–1775). Jones was a humble carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James

    Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe's tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in

    Savannah. Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the

    colony as a doctor, constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and

    New Ebenezer. He also commanded a company of marines charged with defending the Georgia coast from the

    Spanish. Jones died at the beginning of the American Revolution, but his descendants sustained Wormsloe until the

    state of Georgia acquired most of the plantation in 1973.

    Tabby Ruins Oak lined Drive Live Red Cedar

    Marsh View

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being

    inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile

    paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no

    miracle cure, but it did bring improvement.

    The Little White House Landscaped with Fountains Trees on the Property

    Walk of Flags

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    Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island: This small barrier island is a unique destination along Georgia's famed

    Colonial Coast. Sapelo Island is rich cultural history, coastal wildlife, and complex beach and dunes systems. The

    island is an 11-mile-long island that highlights African-American community of Hog Hammock, Reynolds

    Mansion, Nanny Goat Beach, University of Georgia Marine Institute and a restored 1820 lighthouse. The unusual

    and lovely Reynolds Mansion features marble sculptures, an ornately decorated Circus Room, murals by Athos

    Menaboni, a bowling lane, billiards, library and more. Cabretta Campground is sheltered by live oaks and is just a

    short walk to the beach.

    Reynolds Mansion Restored Lighhouse Landscape Entrance of Mansion

    Island Sunrise

    Traveler’s Rest Historic Site: This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly.

    He strategically located it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian

    Mountains. Wyly operated the inn until 1833 when he sold it to his neighbor Devereaux Jarrett, the "richest man in

    the Tugaloo Valley." Jarrett continued to operate the inn, but dou