Georgia Southern Gardens Spring 2011 Tour
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Miss Lois and I took off up to Statesboro for the Spring plant sale at the Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens the gardens were in their full spring glory.
Georgia Southern Botanical Garden is centered on an early 20th century farmstead. Owned by Dan and Catharine Bland, only the core of their original property remains. Mr. Dan, as he was affectionately known, was an amateur naturalist and botanist with a deep appreciation for the native plants of the land he loved so much. Mr. Dan and Miss Catharine lived and farmed here from 1916 when they married until late in their lives. They grew what they needed to live on and grew cotton and raised cows, chickens, and hogs for their own use and to sell. In 1985, Mr. Dan willed the remaining 6.5 acres to Georgia Southern College Foundation to be used as a botanical garden. you can read more about the Blands and the Gardens history here.
The Bland homestead has flowerbeds stuffed full of goody's
it's beautiful year around at the gardens but springtime ~ fabulous ~ but then when the magnolia's are in bloom is pretty special too.
The plant sale offers lots of native plants which is why I love going
this tree was magnificent..I know mighty big word for a little tree but it was beautiful. I have never even heard of a Two winged Silverbell they didn't have any for sale but if they ever do I will be all over it... lol.
Georgia Southern Botanical Garden is a steward of several protected plants including:
Georgia Plume (Elliottia racemosa)
Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia)
Trumpet Pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava)
Whitetop Pitcherplant (Sarracenia leucophylla)
Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia minor)
Parrot Pitcherplant (Sarracenia psitticinia)
Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Red Pitcherplant (Sarracenia rubra) to see the entire list you can click here.
New this year was the one room Oak Grove School it was moved to the gardens at the end of 2010. It was originally in Claxton, Georgia. Ms. Jan Anderson had the school moved to her property to save it till it could lovingly be restored and preserved at the gardens.
Click to enlarge 1872 rules for teachers don't really think it was authentic but it sure gave us a giggle. Hope ya'll enjoyed the tour have a wonderful Thursday now come join us at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday’s
Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry