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Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia's Historic Gardens

Lecture and Slide Presentation

Speakers: Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, Co-Authors

The book, Seeking Eden, promotes awareness and appreciation of Georgia’s garden history. It updates and expands information on gardens first identified in the early twentieth century publication Garden History of Georgia, 1733 - 1933. These publicly and privately-owned gardens include nineteenth century parterres, Colonial Revival Gardens, Country Place era landscapes, rock gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, and an urban conservation garden.

Seeking Eden explores the significant impact of the women who envisioned and nurtured many of these special places and the role of well-known professional designers. It also notes the influence of the Garden Club Movement in Georgia in the early twentieth century.

Staci Catron is the Director of the Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta HIstory Center, and a past president of the Southern Garden History Society.

Mary Ann Eaddy is retired from the HIstoric Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources where she worked first as a manager of the technical services unit and then as special assistant to the director. She also taught a graduate course in preservation planning in the Historic Preservation Program at Georgia State University.

NOTE: Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the meeting. Book proceeds will go toward the Garden Club of Georgia’s Historic Landscape Preservation Grant program.

Inspiration: Suzy Jennings

Horticultural Tip: Jennifer Houpt

Environmental Tip: Michele Spears

Garden Guide: Plant fall bulbs for spring bloom, clean up flower beds;  pair parsley with pansies in flower beds; enjoy the fall colors.


Hostesses: Suzy Jennings, chair, assisted by Alice Sheehan, Carolyn Smith, Donna Ailion, Catherine Chastain, Linda Nardone, Miriam Lyons, Ruth Olson