Lockerly Newsletter August 2018 
From the Director  

Lockerly never fails to educate me on a regular basis.  Whether it be a new lesson in identifying plants and trees or a more philosophical lesson, I am continually humbled and thankful for the presence of this amazing place in my life.   
With all the rain we've had lately, limbs have been dropping almost daily around Lockerly, especially along the Nature Trail.  Last week, a very large limb came down.  It tried to take out a small dogwood on its way down, and I admit to being annoyed and concerned when I saw the size of the limb.  In showing it to staff, Greg noticed something very important that I had overlooked in my frustration.  It was a glimpse into nature that is rarely seen.     
Inside a hollowed portion of the limb, close to its base, was the remnants of a bee hive.  The hive has long since been abandoned, but coming from a height of at least 15 feet, the chances of humans eyes ever seeing this hive were slim to none.   
Greg and the grounds crew were careful to preserve the hive portion of the limb when they disposed of the limb and we will be putting it on display in the Woods Museum.  I invite you to come see it on your next visit!   
Lockerly teaches me every day to be patient, look beyond the frustration of a fallen limb and embrace the lessons we can learn from nature.  I encourage everyone to step outside, at home or at Lockerly, to see what Mother Nature can teach you today.   
Happy Trails,
Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director

Thank You to Our Members!

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

Mrs. Betty "Beegee" Baugh
Ms. Mildred Braxley
Mrs. Brenda Briley
Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Labat
Mr. William Millians*
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mueller
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Rickenbaker

*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 to find a listing of participating gardens. 
Thank you to Zschimmer & Schwarz for being the Beverage Sponsor for Lockerly Under the Stars!  We greatly appreciate their support of our signature fundraising event.  Get your tickets today!!  

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. 
Space is limited so register today! $10 for members, $20 for non-members 

Lockerly Under the Stars
If you came to Lockerly Under the Stars last year and gave us feedback, we want you know that we heard you!  NEW AND IMPROVED FOR 2018: 
  • More lighting between the meadow and the parking lot!
  • Multiple 6-seater golf carts for transportation to the meadow!
  • A Dance floor!
  • Open Bar!
  • Two serving lines!
Tickets are $50 for members, $60 for non-members and $40 if you are under 40 years old.  A table for 8 is $400.     
In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Maryllis Wolfgang, photographer extraordinaire, is generously donating her time and talents at the event to take complimentary photos of all guests.  Prints will be mailed to guests after the event.
Purchase your tickets now! 
Featured auction item:  Sip-n-stroll for 10 at Murali Thirumal's gorgeous gardens!

Most schools are in session or starting shortly, so fall is right around the corner.   
At Lockerly, fall means Family Fun Day, field trips and Scarecrows in the Arboretum!   
Family Fun Day will be on Saturday, October 13 from 10am-2pm.  We will have 15 of our most popular stations including Pond Activities, Fun with Microscopes, Guided Hikes, Crafts, Hay Rides, Historic Games and more!  
Remember: Family Fun Day is FREE!!!
Interested in your family, school, church or club having a Scarecrow at the Arboretum?  Fill out the form and send it in with your payment today!  All proceeds from Scarecrow registration and voting go to support our education programs. 

2017 Scarecrow Winner by the Milledgeville Garden Club 
Thank you to everyone who has made inquiries regarding the greenhouse we lost during Hurricane Irma.  We greatly appreciate your patience as we work to get it replaced!   
We are pleased to announce that the new greenhouse, which will be dedicated to use for Education programming, is being installed shortly.  You will notice its new location where the vegetable garden used to be.  Don't worry; we aren't getting rid of the vegetable garden completely, those items will now be grown in raised beds around the edge of the greenhouse for better accessibility.  The new greenhouse will have a concrete floor to ensure handicap accessibility as well.  We should have it completed by mid-August.  Come check it out! 
Greenhouse site prep. 
The amphitheater is in!!  Thank you so much to Derek Shook and the boy scouts for taking on this amazing project! 

2018 Calendar of Events 
Mark your calendars for these exciting programs!!!
August 18:  Introduction to BeeKeeping 
September 8:  Lockerly Under the Stars
September 22:  Nocturnal Animals and Night Hike at Lockerly 
October 1-31:  Scarecrows in the Arboretum Registration 
October 13: Family Fun Day
December 6:  Holiday Reception 
How Trees Secretly Talk to Each Other
Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals.

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