Lockerly Newsletter January 2018 
From the Director
I hope this finds you all warm, safe and happy after a blessed holiday season! Here at Lockerly, 2017 was an amazing year, and I'm not just saying that because it was my first year here.  Lockerly achieved some amazing milestones in 2017 including a new strategic plan, record attendance at Lockerly Under the Stars and Family Fun Day, we raised more money than our goal for the year and we began the process of installing a comprehensive irrigation system for the first time in our 50 year history.  All of this would not have been possible without you, our supporters or without the input and direction of a dedicated and hard working board of trustees.   
The board recently elected officers for 2018 and I'm pleased to introduce you to this year's leadership team:
President: Joe Sama, POA Landscape Director, Reynolds Lake Oconee 
Vice President: Doug Oetter, PhD, Professor, GCSU 
Secretary:  Sandy Mercer, Retired, Georgia DOT 
Treasurer:  Chuck Walsh, Retired, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal
The combined knowledge and passion of this leadership team is impressive and I look forward to working with them to accomplish the many goals we have set for 2018.   
You'll see in this newsletter that we have some exciting programming planned for 2018, targeting children of all ages, 2 to 92.  We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events!!   
Warm regards,
From the President
As we start off 2018 I want to take a minute to thank all the volunteers, professional staff, and trustees that made 2017 a banner year for the Arboretum.  This support has allowed thousands of visitors to enjoy Rose Hill, the Arboretum grounds, and the Worley Outdoor Education Center.

I hope you were able to visit during the year and enjoy some of the events that took place in 2017.  If you haven't stopped by in a while I would like to welcome you back to enjoy the property.  Many of you enjoy the grounds during the spring bloom and mild weather but I would encourage you to visit during every season.  The 2017 fall color was breathtaking and rivaled more well known vistas in North Georgia.  Our camellias are blooming now and provide vivid colors on a cold winter day.  A tour of Rose Hill and the Woods Museum is a great rainy day activity.

One of the items that I am most proud of is the approval of a Strategic Plan for the Arboretum.  This will allow us to continue to expand and improve the educational programming, horticulture and historical components of the property.  Several key items that were identified in the plan included improved fishing programming, property irrigation overhaul, Rose Hill refurbishment, and more adult education offerings.  I am happy to announce that these items are in the works now with more details to follow soon.

I wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of the Arboretum.

Joe Sama, President
Board of Trustees 
Thank you to our members!

Members who joined for the first time or renewed memberships during December include:
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Grant, III
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hines
Mrs. Jackie Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Sanders Mercer
Dr. and Mrs. Davis Williamson
Ms. Anne Collier
Mrs. Shawn Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Rick
Mrs. Nelanie McAfee
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gregg
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Allen
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. 
Dogwood Society
We are pleased to announce the creation of Lockerly's new Dogwood Society.  The Dogwood Society will be comprised of those donors who annually contribute a cumulative total of $250 and above.  
Watch your mail and email for information about this new Society as well as opportunities to upgrade your giving to this level.  Potential benefits may include:
  • Invitation to Dogwood Society member-only events;
  • Insider's letter from Board President with more detailed information on projects/activities;
  • Member-only educational activities and outings.

Stay Tuned!!  More information to come!!  

Director of Education Greg Eilers is already scheduling spring field trips!  Call him TODAY to schedule your group! 478-452-2112.
Local elementary students enjoyed fall field trips at Lockerly. 
Details coming soon on Camp Oliver Worley and Camp Discovery! 
Campers explore Rooty Creek at Camp Oliver Worley.
New Hours of Operation  
In order to be open more, at the times of year when you prefer to visit, Lockerly will now be open 10am - 4pm on Saturdays from March 1 to November 15.  This means that we are closed on weekends for January and February. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we hope this change will better serve you in good weather.   
Our weekday hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm remain the same.   
2018 Calendar of Events 
Mark your calendars for these exciting programs!!!

February 17:  Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at Lockerly with native azalea expert Ernest Koone. Register now:     

March 20:  Astronomy Night Hike at Worley Outdoor Education Center  

April 20-21: Plant Sale (members only on Friday morning)  

April 28:  Celebrate National Arbor Day at Lockerly with Japanese Maple expert David Freed

May 19:  Kid's Fishing Event

September 8:  Lockerly Under the Stars

September 22:  Nocturnal Animals and Night Hike at Lockerly 

October 13: Family Fun Day 


Celebrate GA Arbor Day at Lockerly! 

Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at Lockerly with native azalea expert Ernest Koone.  This fun and educational session will be from 11am - 2pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.  The event includes an educational session by Mr. Koone, a box lunch, and an azalea planting demonstration on Lockerly's nature trail.
Ernest Koone III is President of Lazy K Nursery, Inc. at Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Lazy K
Nursery is the largest grower of native American azaleas in the United States and has provided plants to Public Gardens and Arboreta as well as countless private gardens throughout the country. 
Ernest is a well-known horticultural speaker throughout the south, has introduced many new selections of azaleas and is a noted designer of native landscapes.  His clients include Callaway Gardens, Gibbs Gardens, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rock City, The Tennessee Aquarium, and Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden in Pawling, New York.  
Click here to reserve your spot today:  
Rent Lockerly and Rose Hill for your  
special event in 2018!
Whether it is a wedding, a class reunion, a baby shower or a birthday party, consider renting Rose Hill or the grounds of Lockerly for your special event in 2018! 
Call Vicki Folendore at 452-2112 today to explore the options.  
Photo by C. Hope Photography 

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