MILLEDGEVILLE — For more than 40 years, Lockerly Arboretum has provided residents of Milledgeville and the middle Georgia area with an awe-inspiring view of nature and a better understanding of preservation by providing a public garden that also serves as an educational horticulture resource.
Recently, efforts have been made to restore and expand areas of the arboretum to help improve not only the appearance of the garden but to also heighten the experience for visitors as well.
One major project under construction for Lockerly is a new walkway. Formation of the path has already begun. It extends the current walkway in front of Lockerly Hall to a newly restored fieldstone wall. Once the new walkway is completed it will act as a guide for visitors onto a breathtaking trail that will lead to a picnic area, a new feature to Lockerly Arboretum. The picnic area was added to the arboretum a year ago to provide guests a shaded area for relaxation and observation.
Plans are to have the walkway flanked on either side by a mixed border of trees, shrubs, antique roses, and perennials. Also, it will give visitors access to an overflow parking area as well as a new pedestrian axis.
The redevelopment work is being made possible in part by a grant from the Garden Club of Georgia and generous in-kind donations of material from local suppliers.
In recognition of the holiday season, Lockerly recently hosted a Holiday Open House for the public on Dec. 8. at Lockerly Hall. Visitors were able to take a tour of the building that was completely decorated with live greenery.
The Arboretum grounds are open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to tour the gardens at their own pace. Private group and educational tours can be scheduled by calling (478) 452-2112. Admission to the arboretum is free of charge and open to the public.
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