To further its educational goals the Southern Garden History Society provides links to not-for-profit historic properties with significant historic gardens and landscape programs, as well as to organizations and blogs similar in purpose to the society’s.
The American Boxwood Society – is devoted to the appreciation, scientific understanding, and propagation of the genus Buxus L. The ABS is dedicated to making popular the use of boxwood in landscapes throughout the country.
Anne Spencer House and Garden (VA) — Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer made this National Register property her home from 1903 until her death in 1975. Her adjoining garden features “rooms” set out by colorful arbors, a pond with fountains, perennial beds, shrubs, and Spencer’s own roses. It offered poetical inspiration, while Spencer’s cottage, “Edankrall,” provided a retreat from the problems of her segregated times.
Atlanta History Center (GA) — One of the largest history museums in the U.S., the 33-acre site includes the 1928 Swan House and surrounding gardens, the antebellum Tullie Smith Farm, and the Cherokee Garden Library.
Bayou Bend (TX) — Fourteen acres of natural woodlands and formal gardens surround the 1928 Houston home of philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg.
The Charleston Horticultural Society – Founded in 2000, CHS seeks to inspire excellence in Lowcountry horticulture. With membership open to all, CHS has grown to nearly 1,400 and provides quality education through an annual lecture series, monthly workshops, an informative newsletter, and a distinctive tours program.
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL) — Founded in 1959 by Ninah Cummer, Jacksonville, Florida’s Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens features art and artifacts from the ancient world through the 20th Century, as well as 1.5 acres of National Register-listed historic gardens.
Dumbarton Oaks (DC) — These Georgetown gardens, designed by landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand with clients Robert and Mildred Bliss, include benches and arbors, pools and fountains, orchards, and herbaceous borders.
The Garden Conservancy – This organization is dedicated to saving and preserving America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. Their projects in the South include the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, Longue Vue House & Gardens, Montrose, the Pearl Fryer Topiary Garden, and Peckerwood Garden.
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. was founded in Atlanta in 1928. Its membership includes the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, founded in 1891 as the first garden club in America. The organization includes approximately 350 member clubs with its mission “Beautification, Conservation, Education.” Historic Preservation efforts are carried out through the Historic Landscape Preservation Committee which awards grants for the restoration of the state’s historic non-profit landscapes and gardens. Also, part of its mission is the Landscape Initiative, which is a statewide inventory of Georgia’s historic gardens conducted by members and other volunteers that resides at the Cherokee Garden Library of the Atlanta History Center.
The Garden Club of Virginia (VA) — Founded in 1929, this association of 47 garden clubs has garnered respect and admiration extending far beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia. Preservation and Education are central mission elements, as demonstrated in their new publication Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Work of the Garden Club of Virginia, 1975-2007.
The Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg (VA) — Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum. The 301-acre Historic Area includes 100 individual gardens and greens.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont | Gardens & Grounds (VA) — National Historic Landmark home, studio, and gardens of artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne, overlooking falls of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens (VA) — Encompasses restored gardens and farm landscape of America’s first president set on the banks of the Potomac River near the nation’s capital.
Heritage Rose Foundation (TX) — is devoted to the preservation of old roses, especially those originating in the 19th century or earlier with particular historic, educational, or genetic value.
Hills & Dales Estate (GA) — A historic property of the Callaway Family located in LaGrange, including Ferrell Gardens and a Georgian Italian villa by the noted Atlanta architectural firm of Hentz and Reid.
Historic Annapolis Foundation (MD) — Carefully restored terraced gardens of William Paca, whose 18th-century home is set in the heart of Maryland’s capital.
The House and Garden of Elizabeth Lawrence (NC) — Elizabeth Lawrence, garden designer, famed author, and first woman graduate in landscape architecture at N.C. State University, created her garden in Charlotte.
Longue Vue House and Gardens (LA) — A National Historic Landmark in New Orleans, the gardens were created by Ellen Biddle Shipman, “the dean of American women landscape architects.”
Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery (VA) — widely known for its array of plants, especially old roses, and well documented in Jane White’s The Book of Attributes for the Living Horticultural Collections of the Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, Lynchburg, Virginia as well as Once Upon a Time, A Cemetery Story.
Monticello (VA) — Near Charlottesville, Monticello features flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens, as well as groves of trees and a variety of fences designed by Thomas Jefferson.
Old Salem Museums and Gardens (NC) — One of the leading horticultural restoration programs in the country, with meticulously restored gardens and orchards in Winston-Salem.
Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University (NC) — These Winston-Salem gardens, designed by landscape architect Thomas W. Sears for Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Reynolds, expressed early 20th-century ideals of estate garden design.
Stratford Hall Gardens (VA) — Westmoreland County home of the Lees, Stratford features an 18th-century garden restored by the Garden Club of Virginia and a modern garden based on 18th-century models.
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants (VA) — Near Charlottesville, the Center collects, preserves, and distributes historic plant varieties and strives to promote greater appreciation for the origins and evolution of garden plants.