Latest Magnolia – Fall 2021

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The Cherokee Garden Library of the Atlanta History Center is the topic of the feature article of this Magnolia. Members may not only be surprised to learn about its vast collections, ongoing acquisitions, collection conservation work, programs, exhibitions, and many partnerships, but also the CGL’s long history and symbiotic relationship with SGHS.

Rosemont Plantation Site Gains Acreage

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The South Carolina Conservation Bank and the Rosemont Preservation Society have announced an expansion of the land area preserved at the site of Rosemont Plantation in Waterloo, SC. The purchase of several parcels near Lake Greenwood brings the total acreage to 133. At its peak, Rosemont Plantation encompassed around 2,000 acres. Dating to 1790, the manor house was described as a two-and-one-half-story, three-bay, frame and weatherboard, Federal-style house set on a brick foundation. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire in 1930, although a few brick ruins and footprints of the garden are still visible along with various ornamental trees and shrubs.

Smith Farm and SGHS

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Featured Image: Smith Farm, the farmhouse. Photograph courtesy of Atlanta History Center. The August-September issue of Garden & Gun includes an article entitled Harvesting History, written … Read More

Garden & Gun Features Historic Winston-Salem Gardens

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Garden & Gun Senior Editor CJ Lotz attended the Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes Conference in Old Salem in 2017. That weekend visit made her want to write about the wealth of public gardens available to visitors in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Garden & Gun usually covers private gardens, but Lotz wanted to highlight public gardens as a creative way to cover travel in the South for garden lovers. During the pandemic, it worked out well to bring her mom Janice for some outdoor time together.

The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration, by Chris Smith

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A native of the UK, seed saver, permaculturist, and writer Chris Smith is obsessed with okra. He is the executive director of the Utopian Seed Project, a crop-trailing non-profit working to support diversity in food and farming. Living in Asheville, North Carolina, Chris has gathered and grown more than 150 named varieties of this superfood and stored them at a local climate-controlled seed storage facility.

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