Lockerly Newsletter June 2018 
From the Director  

In my native Dooly County, there is a creek called the Pennahatchee.  It runs behind a cabin my family owns and it was the site of many of my childhood explorations.  The water level was low enough in spots to encourage the chasing of crawdads and wading in on a hot day; but deep enough in spots to go fishing with my daddy or to drop into from a rope tied to a nearby tree.  The creek is supposedly home to the Pennahatchee Snatchee, a fearsome mythical creature that is half bear and half alligator.  Although, as I grew up, I began to realize that the Pennahatchee Snatchee was only sighted by camp counselors while trying to get kids out of the creek in time for dinner.  Coincidence?
 
Similarly, at our Worley Outdoor Center, we are lucky to have Rooty Creek running through the property.  In looking at pictures of campers there in June, I am struck by the happy, drenched, muddy smiles of the children playing there during camp and it is my sincerest hope that their experiences in Rooty Creek will be the beginning of a love of the outdoors for them, as the Pennahatchee was for me.  Luckily, there have been no sightings of mythical creatures. Only an abundance of fish, crawdads, frogs and smiles. 
 
Happy Trails,
 Jennifer
Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director

Campers Ellie Ethridge, Ryland Britt, Blake Jones, Allie Osborne
(Education Programs Manager Madeline McCloskey at far right)


Thank You to Our Members!

Members who joined for the first time or renewed memberships during June include:

Mr. Chris Abbott        
Mr. & Mrs. James Abbott       
Mr. & Mrs. Brian English       
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Evans          
Mr. Ryan Goldsby      
Gerald Grimes Plumbing, Inc.*
Mrs. Sylvia Moore      
Mrs. Cecile Parker       
Mr. & Mrs. Derek Williams*   

*Dogwood Society Members   

 Do you need to join or renew?  Click HERE to donate today!!
 
Lockerly is a member of the American Public Gardens Association which means a Lockerly membership entitles YOU to discounts at other public gardens, including FREE admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden if you live more than 90 miles away.Go to http://www.ahs.org/gardening-programs/rap/find/statebystate to find a listing of participating gardens. 
VOLUNTEERING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH

This article first appeared on Swirled.
 
Most of us have participated in a form of volunteer work at some point in our lives. From church youth groups to high school graduation requirements, volunteerism has a place in every phase of life. But we must admit - this charitable time has definitely taken a backseat as careers, social engagements and general "adulting" efforts take center stage. There's only so much time in a day, right?  Well, re-prioritizing a chunk of that time for others could work wonders for your health.

A 2017 study from BMC Public Health found that volunteer work can improve virtually anyone's mental and physical health, sense of life satisfaction and social well-being, but especially those who don't currently spend a lot of time participating in charitable activities. But let's break that down even more specifically. Here's what those health benefits of volunteering look like.

1. It gives you an additional sense of purpose.
It's amazing what can happen when you step out of your standard routine for a moment and provide for others who truly need assistance. Studies have found a clear association between volunteering and a boosted sense of personal accomplishment, a renewed sense of purpose and, therefore, an improved enjoyment of life overall. You don't have to join the Peace Corps or take on missionary work or give up all of your worldly possessions to feel this deep sense of connection - just dedicate a few hours of your time each week to someone (or something) else.
2. It staves off depression.
If you're someone who easily feels isolated in your day-to-day life, signing up for volunteer opportunities can help you reduce your risk of depression. It creates a simple yet reliable social support system and provides opportunities for people to take on important roles in the lives of others. So regardless of whether you're interested in becoming a mentor, offering someone company or joining in a mission that's larger than yourself, all signs point toward a happier existence.
3. It keeps you active.
We all know that our desk jobs rob us of important movement throughout the day, and don't even get us started on the country's obesity and diabetes statistics. But volunteer work, depending on the type you choose, can be a great way to remedy this sedentary problem. A 2013 study from Carnegie Mellon University observed a reduction in blood pressure levels in volunteers who were typically less active before signing on for their new charity work. So if the gym doesn't appeal to you, try building houses with Habitat for Humanity or walking dogs at the local animal shelter - you'll enjoy similar health benefits.
4. It can reduce your stress levels.
If you live a super hectic and competitive life throughout the majority of your week, using your off hours to volunteer can be one of the best stress management tools out there. The " happiness effect" that giving to others creates releases a flood of dopamine in your brain, boosting how you feel across the board. And the more time you spend volunteering, the better those feel-good hormones counter your not-so-fun cortisol levels. This stress buffer also helps you stave off illness down the line.
5. It connects you with potential new friends.
Most major volunteer opportunities require groups of people, creating an easy way to connect socially with others and start off on common ground. Volunteer work-based friendships can be some of your strongest because of the shared core values that bring you together in the first place. Plus, the fact that you spend time together contributing toward a cause that you believe in and that fuels your purpose only adds to the solid foundation upon which your friendship grows.
6. It helps you live longer.
That's right - so long as you approach your volunteer work with a genuine interest in helping others (as opposed to using the charitable time for personal gain), you can reduce your mortality risk in the long run. And the more consistently you volunteer, the better this benefit becomes. Guess it really does pay off to be a good, altruistic person, huh?

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Lockerly, please call or email us at 478-452-2112 or info@lockerly.org. 
Staghorn Fern

The family of Lockerly supporter Annette Strohbehn recently donated a beautiful Staghorn Fern that belonged to Mrs. Strohbehn.  We thank them for this generous donation to our collection and invite you to come view it!
 
Staghorn ferns are valued for their highly variable and unusual growth
 
habits. The plant produces two distinctly different fronds (i.e., leaves), (a) basal and (b) foliar. Basal fronds, often called "sterile fronds,'' are rounded thickened fronds which grow in overlapping layers and clasp onto a growing surface. The upper parts of basal fronds may be lobed or divided and stand erect. This upright form efficiently collects water, fallen leaves, and plant debris. These products eventually break down, releasing nutrients necessary for growth. Foliar fronds, also called "fertile fronds,'' are either erect or pendant and may be divided into lobed or strap-shaped divisions. Foliar fronds produce brownish reproductive structures (called sporangia) on the underside of their fronds. These sporangia hold spores that, when germinated, form new plants. Both basal and foliar fronds are covered to varying degrees, with small stellate (star-shaped) hairs giving them a silvery cast. These hairs provide some protection from insect pests and conserve moisture.

Introduction to Beekeeping

Interested in becoming a Beekeeper but not sure where to start? We can help! Come to a workshop on August 18 with Master Beekeeper Roger Kicklighter to learn everything you need to know to get started! Roger will cover biology of the hive, Queen breeding, as well as demonstrate the necessary tools including a smoker and a hive tool. 
Register today!  https://conta.cc/2IQQ5XV 
 
 

Grant Awarded for Rose Hill
We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant in the amount of $11,900 from the Watson Brown Foundation.  These funds will be used to renovate the two dining rooms on the main floor of Rose Hill.  

Watson Brown has been a wonderful partner and supporter of our efforts to preserve Rose Hill for future generations and we thank them for their continued support!
Lockerly Under the Stars
 
The planning committee has been hard at work and we are well positioned for another fun-filled, exciting event!  Purchase your tickets now!  
Tickets are $50 for members, $60 for non-members and $40 if you are under 40 years old.  You can also purchase a table for you and your friends!  Call our office at 452-2112 for details.   
 
Preliminary List of Auction Items:
 
Gardener's Potting Table
Afternoon Tea on Milly
Heidi Daus Cocktail Ring
4 nights in Las Vegas
Beautifully Illustrated antique book: Language of Flowers 
One year Pool Service
Custom Jewelry
6 Home made cakes 
Cabin stay at Scenic Mountain RV Park 
UGA football tickets
2 night stay in a cottage at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston & guest passes for 2
Sip-n-stroll for 10 at home of Murali Thirmural
2 night Worley Camping Trip for 8
Introduction to Camping for 8
Jekyll Island Vacation Home
Christmas Wreath Workshop for 6 by Carol McRae
 
Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
Heidi Daus cocktail ring 
 
 













   
 
Camp Discovery (1/2 Day):
 
ONLY ONE SLOT LEFT!!!
Rising 1st and 2nd graders, July 9-13 
Click HERE for information on Camp Discovery
Click HERE to register for Camp Discovery
 
 
Amphitheater 

An exciting new Eagle Scout project is coming in July!  Eagle Scout candidate Derek Shook will be building and installing an amphitheater on our grounds.  With telephone poles donated by Georgia Power, and a grant from Tri-County EMC's Operation Roundup, Derek will build bench-style seating on a natural slope that will fit approximately 50 people.   
 
The theater will be located between the trail-head of the Nature Trail and the end of the parking lot, creating a perfect gathering place for school groups on field trips.  It will also provide a lovely, shaded spot for a small wedding or gathering of friends. 
 
We look forward to sharing photos with you as this project gets underway!   

Blast From the Past
 
In a recent cleaning out of cabinets, staff came across this photo of Lockerly Board members and guests in 1971.   The flagstones shown in this photo have since been moved and can now be found in the rock garden in front of the Arboretum office.   
 
 
Front Row, L-R: Erwin Sibley (guest); Edward Engel, Frank Bone, J.C. Bonner, Dr. Dawson Allen. 
Back Row, L-R: John Baum, Joe Engel (guest); and Einar Greenwall, Director/Caretaker.  
 
 
2018 Calendar of Events 
 
Mark your calendars for these exciting programs!!!
 
August 18:  Introduction to BeeKeeping with Roger Kicklighter
September 8:  Lockerly Under the Stars
September 22:  Nocturnal Animals and Night Hike at Lockerly 
October 13: Family Fun Day
December 6:  Holiday Reception 
 
Lockerly Arboretum  1534 Irwinton Road, Milledgeville, GA   478.452.2112   
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