May 2015

Lockerly Arboretum
May Newsletter

"The Rose Lady" visited Lockerly
The Oconee Master Gardeners and Lockerly Arboretum hosted a program about growing roses on April 8th. Nancy Golden, Sandersville's  "The Rose Lady." came equipped with photographs, information  on how to choose, plant, and care for roses, and some of her garden tools.

After Nancy completed her presentation and answered questions, everyone headed outside to get some hands-on experience in the  gardens. Some of our roses needed pruning and Nancy was able to demonstrate what we discussed.

We have programs and presentations all year, so check our web site for more opportunities to come out and learn about plants and trees you would like to see flourish in your yard. If there is a topic you are interested in learning about, send your suggestion to


Rose Hill on the Georgia Register of Historic Places 

Rose Hill has been placed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Division of the state's Department of Natural Resources. This designation moves our application forward to be reviewed for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination process required considerable research and documentation, which our former Executive Director, Jim Garner, led. The state has advised us that processing nominations to be placed on the National Register takes considerable time. We look forward to sharing news of this national recognition as soon as we receive it.

Register Today for Lockerly Summer Camps

Lockerly's Summer Camps
 provide children with all kinds of exploring and learning outside. Space is limited and registration deadlines are coming up.

We offer two Camp Oliver Worley sessions at our outdoor education center in Putnam County near Eatonton. There will be a session for rising 3rd-5th graders and another for rising 6th-9th graders. Registration for Camp Worley must be completed by May 22. 
Camp Discovery is designed for rising 1st and 2nd graders and is held at the Arboretum. Campers should be registered by June 12.

Find out more and register online today before our camps are filled up!

Life Enrichment Center captures Lockerly landscapes
in Black and White Gallery
Artist Nancy Williams, left, met Lockerly Dirt Digger Peggy Dunford, center, who purchased one of Nancy's photographs. Peggy's sister Lillian, right, has also volunteered at Lockerly.
Lockerly Arboretum celebrated a long relationship with the Baldwin County Life Enrichment Center last month with the Center's Black and White Gallery photography exhibit and sale. 

Eleven artists from the Center contributed 33 photographs of Lockerly scenery captured in black and white with small splashes of color. The photographers received a commission from the sale of their work. Note cards with the photographs will be available at Lockerly for purchase soon.

Lockerly supporters, community members, and Life Enrichment Center staff, artists, and family members,enjoyed a reception on the front lawn of Lockerly after the ribbon was cut for the exhibit and sale. One of the photographs was purchased by Lockerly's Executive Director so it could be displayed in the Administrative Office building. Please come see it the next time you are here.

Workshop will add color to your garden
 Come join us on June 20th at Lockerly and create your own painted container
Inspired? You can create a garden bucket for your yard with artist Christi Connor Tate on June 20th 

Join North Georgia artist Christi Conner Tate at Lockerly on Saturday, June 20th, and make a garden container that will brighten your yard all year. Christi's work includes mosaic containers, decorative raised bed garden boxes, terracotta planters, and landscape paintings. You'll be able to use what you learn during our June 20th workshop and make more containers at home to share with friends and family.

Our workshop will be limited to 10 people, so register today if you want to be sure you can attend. Parents may bring a child (6 years old and up) if they want to make a container together.

The workshop will begin at 9:00 and end by noon on June 20th. We'll supply all the materials, you'll just need to arrive in something that you won't mind getting paint on.

Participants will complete a container this size to take home and fill with plants or flowers.
The cost per adult (or adult and one child) is $30.00. You can register online or send a check to:
Lockerly Arboretum
P O Box 310
Milledgeville, GA 31059

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 16th. If you are a Friend of Lockerly at the Azalea level or higher, you'll receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of the class.

(Kim Joris' class scheduled for May 13th has been postponed. We'll announce a new date for working with Kim as soon as possible). 
Join the Audubon Society for birds, butterflies, plants and trees 
The Ocmulgee Audubon Society, OAS, will hold a field trip on Saturday, June 20th, in the gardens of the Arboretum. OAS is the Audubon Chapter for the Middle Georgia area.  This field trip will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by midday. 

Audubon field trips typically center around bird sightings, but this one will include observing butterflies, plants, trees, and flowers. 

The field trip is open to everyone at no charge. You don't have to be an experienced bird watcher to participate. 

For more information on Ocmulgee Audubon Society, contact their President, Andre Coquerel, at 
Applebury is restoring one of Rose Hill's most beautiful antiques
Richard Applebury restoring the dining table in the front dining room of Rose Hill.
The dining table in Rose Hill's front dining room as been used for wedding receptions, St Stephen's Derby Day party, business meetings, and garden club events. The table, a 19th century piece, needed to be refinished after so many years of service to both residents and guests of Rose Hill.

Richard Applebury generously offered to restore the table. The initial work was done in his workshop, Richard returned the table in time for weddings and parties this spring. As soon as his schedule, and the humidity, allow for a final coat, the table will be restored to its original state, ready for Rose Hill visitors and event guests.

The gardens are buzzing
Local beekeeper Roger Kicklighter delivered a beehive to the Arboretum in early April. The hive was placed in a sunny open spot on a knoll behind Rose Hill.

Roger is pursuing a special certification for beekeeping through UGA's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. We are making plans for him to present information about bees, and the critical role they play in healthy habitats, to the public during a program at Lockerly.

We had something for everyone

Lockerly visitors enjoyed plenty of sunshine and good company on April 11th during one of the 50th Anniversary celebrations we're holding this year. We started the day with a Plant Swap and finished with the findings of a search for historic items on the grounds. In-between we had Orienteering, tours of Rose Hill, a container gardening demonstration, and a peek inside the beehives that are new to the Arboretum.

Our youngest treasure hunter, Ella, helped her dad Travis Strickland of Milledgeville, Travis' friend Mark Harris of North Carolina, and Tim Prosser, of Putnam County. In addition to an 1897 Indian head penny, they found a center cap from a Ford Model T and a child's sterling silver ring. 

Ella hunted lost treasures harder than any of the a


Our plant swap included both common and hard to find plants. One participant arrived with a lovely tree from the persimmon family that she had grown but couldn't use, so she donated it to the swap. We appreciate the work that Bob Miller and Dede Reoch did to make the swap possible.

Kevin and Felicia Haywood set up an Orienteering course that inspired our staff to work on adding a course for young children and a second one that is more challenging. We'll have those set up in early summer.

Jana Otis took advantage of the sunshine and did her container gardening demonstration outside. Roger Kicklighter, who has recently shared a beehive with the Arobertum, began a discussion about bees (we'll invite him back to do a more formal presentation soon). Peggy Dunford, a Lockerly Dirt Digger, got to look inside the beehive with Roger's help. Peggy's sister Lillian, who is visiting from England, also helped us greet visitors and direct them to activities.

Our Rose Hill docents, Carol McRae, Jess Burke, Sherrill Jones, Kathy Chandler, and Dede Reoch, opened the windows in the mansion so visitors could feel the breezes that the mansion's tall windows were designed to capture.

We've got more planned for our year-long celebration. In the mean time come out and visit while the days a cool and everything is in bloom.

The voters have spoken!
Tucker is the name of Lockerly's new tree in the front lawn. Tucker was among five names submitted by the public, and it earned over 70 percent of the votes cast.

Sandy Mercer of Sandersville sent the name Tucker, and he has a unique connection to Lockerly. Sandy is the third great-grandson of Judge Daniel Tucker. Judge Tucker outwitted the Union soldiers who stopped at Rose Hill looking for silver on their way to Savannah during the Civil War.   
It's a boy!
Vicki and Wade
Vicki Folendore's family welcomed their first grandchild to the family on Wednesday, April 29th. Thomas Wade Folendore weighted 6 lbs and was 19" long. Wade is the son of Wes and Annie Folendore.

May Garden Tips

Jana Otis
Horticulture Director

Now that the weather is warming up and the danger of frost is past, it's time to start thinking about removing your pansies and replacing them with summer annuals. When you consider the types of plants you want to use, don't forget about plants that have colorful foliage. They add an instant pop of color to your bed or container. Use Alternanthera, coleus, sweet potato vine, and Persian Shield for sunny areas, and Heuchera, and Caladiums for the shade. 








For your lawn, now is the time to top dress any ruts or low spots with a sand/top soil mixture. Because the grass is actively growing, it should fill in quickly.

Azaleas should be treated for lace bugs, especially if you had them last year. Spray with a recommended insecticide, and make sure that you cover the underside of the leaves.


Another insect to be on the lookout for is the Ambrosia beetle. It is an imported pest that has had devastating effects on some of our landscape plants. A telltale sign that you have these beetles present is toothpick looking structures sticking out of the trunk or stems of your plants. Many plants can be a target, but they seem to be fond of Japanese Maples, Cherries and pines. 



This photo shows an infestation on a Crape Myrtle. Early detection is the key in controlling this insect. Heavily infested plants should be removed from the property or burned. Spraying your ornamental trees with a preventative insecticide spray will help protect your plants from this destructive pest.