Lockerly Newsletter May 2018 
From the Director  

Summer in the South is GREAT!  Cookouts, pool parties, fishing, summer camps, family reunions, fresh tomato sandwiches, peaches, lots of sweet tea, lemonade and back porch rocking. 

Summer in the South is also hot, buggy and miserable.  These last few weeks of cool mornings and warm days without the drowning humidity are a blessing and I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am! 

Here at Lockerly, even the shrubs and trees seem to be holding on to this nice spring weather with a vengeance.  A few azaleas on the nature trail are still blooming, resisting summer's arrival as hard as they can.  They soldier on despite the daily rising temperature.  I will be sad to see them go when the heat finally convinces them to pack it in until next year. 

Whatever your summer plans may be don't forget to include Lockerly!  Come fishing in May, send your children to camp in June and learn about beekeeping in August.  It may be hot and muggy but that is all just a good excuse to come stroll through Rose Hill's cool interiors, get a drink from the well in the pavilion or have a picnic in the shade.

If I don't see you again until summer is here, please remember to travel safe, wear sunscreen, buy peaches from the guy at the road side stand and no, you can never make the tea too sweet.

Happy trails,
Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director


Plant Sale

The 2018 Plant Sale was a tremendous success!  Thank you to everyone who worked the sale, shopped or helped out beforehand! 
We have some inventory leftover that has been marked down by 50%.  Here is a list of what is currently available:  Current Availability List
You can find the plants in the area beside our office.  Happy Shopping!
Thank you to our members!

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

Dr. & Mrs. Everette Barman
Mrs. Donna Bennett
Mr. Lee Boise
Mrs. Shereia Brookins
Mrs. Hope Buchanan
Mr. & Mrs. Dana Burnham
Mrs. Sharon Carr
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Cato
Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Ciampa
Mrs. Kathleen Collins
Mrs. Cheryl Comer
Mrs. Janis Craft & Mrs. Carolyn Austin
Drs. Robert & Anne Culberson
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Dalrymple
Mrs. Louann Davis
Mrs. Emily Dinkins
Mr. David Evans & Mrs. Gail Godfrey-Evans
Dr. & Mrs. John Ferguson
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Frame
Dr. & Mrs. Doug Goings
Ms. Susan Goldin
Mr.& Mrs. Alton Gregory
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hensley
Mrs. Mollie Horadan
Ms. Shirley Hotch
Mrs. Helen Sistie Hudson
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ivey
Mrs. Ouida Leech
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Martin
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Miller
Ms. Diane Mitchell
Ms. Cathy Moore
Mr. & Mrs. William Mosley
Ms. Ann Neuhierl
Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Noles
Mr. Luke Opperman & Dr. Stephanie Opperman
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Owens
Mrs. Alice Paschal & Mr. Coley Paschal, Mrs. Tara Peters, Mrs. Robin Shreve
Mr. & Mrs. Wes Peavy
Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Peoples
Mr. Jimmy Pittman
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Ragan
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Reoch
Mrs. Angela Rochon
Mrs. Kathryn Roper
Mr. Jeff Rutel
Mrs. Alicia Dallago
Mrs. Trisha Shepard
Mrs. Kristina Snyder
Mrs. Karen Sullivan
Mrs. Margaret Testa
Mr. Murali Thirumal
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Vinson
Mrs. Lurline West
Mr. & Mrs. William Wiggins
Mrs. Holly Williams
Mr. Ronald Wisemore
Mr. & Mrs. Cody Wortman
Mrs. Lois Youngblood
 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. 
Mother's Day Gift Idea!

Does mom really need that hanging basket or hydrangea for Mother's Day?  Consider giving her a membership to Lockerly Arboretum instead!  

Membership at Lockerly allows her to tour our lovely Rose Hill for free, whenever she likes.  Our members receive discounts to workshops and fundraising events as well as the knowledge that you are supporting a Milledgeville treasure!  Membership at Lockerly is also reciprocal, meaning that admission to other gardens is discounted and often free as well!  Participating organizations in Georgia include Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, Massee Lane Gardens and more!
You can sign her up for membership online at  
Staffing Changes  
Effective May 1, 2018, Lockerly has made some exciting staffing changes! 

Greg Eilers has been promoted to Assistant Director of Lockerly Arboretum.  Congrats, Greg!  Greg has been the Director of Education at Lockerly for 13 years.  In his new role, he will be have oversight of both Education and Horticulture.  He will still be involved with Education, but he will have a less 'hands-on' role than in the past. 
If you are a teacher who has depended on Greg for your field trips, don't worry!  We have hired Madeline McCloskey to be our new Education Programs Coordinator and she is fabulous!  Welcome to the team, Madeline!  Here she is to introduce herself to you:
"Hello! My name is Madeline McCloskey. I am originally from Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Growing up on the coast truly developed my love for outdoors and the environment. When I moved to Milledgeville, GA to start school at GCSU I decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. About two years into college I found a part-time job at Lockerly Arboretum. I worked as part-time college education student doing programs once or twice a week. After I graduated in December of 2017, I was hired for a part-time position under Greg as an environmental educator, until my recent promotion to Education Programs Coordinator here at Lockerly.
I was thrilled when I got the promotion because my love for Lockerly and the outdoors kept growing, and I wanted to continue my journey here. As the new Education Programs Coordinator there is more responsibility, and more tasks ahead of me, but I can't wait to see what my future here at Lockerly looks like! I love working at Lockerly because I can make a difference in the community by educating kids that come to the programs, and I also get to learn something new every day!"

Be sure to stop by the office and meet Madeline the next time you come to visit Lockerly!

Greg Eilers, Assistant Director and Madeline McCloskey, Education Programs Coordinator. 
2018 Calendar of Events 
Mark your calendars for these exciting programs!!!
May 19:  Kid's Fishing Event.  FREE!! 
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 
Camp Oliver Worley (full day): 
Rising 6th - 9th graders, June 11-15
Rising 3rd - 5th graders, June 25-29
Click HERE for information on Camp Oliver Worley
Click HERE to register for Camp Oliver Worley

Camp Discovery (1/2 Day): 
Rising 1st and 2nd graders, July 9-13 
Click HERE for information on Camp Discovery
Click HERE to register for Camp Discovery
Lockerly Board meets at Worley

L-R:  Doug Oetter, Joe Sama, Chuck Walsh, Sandy Mercer, Angie Martin, Sarah Brantley, Bob Miller. 

Lockerly Arboretum Board of Trustees recently held their Spring meeting at Worley Outdoor Education Center.  At 200 acres, Worley is a tremendous education resource where we hold two weeks of camp each year.  Local Boy Scout troops use the camping facilities on a regular basis as well.
There is a wonderful pavilion on the property that you can rent for your own event as well.  If you are interested in renting the Worley pavilion for an event, contact our office at 478-452-2112. 
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