Just a quick view of the hundreds of camellias on show at Massee Lane Gardens, site of the 2023 Historic Landscape Preservation fundraiser.
Just a quick view of the hundreds of camellias on show at Massee Lane Gardens, site of the 2023 Historic Landscape Preservation fundraiser.
Walking trail through the Lockerly Arboretum at Rose Hall
Walking trail through the Lockerly Arboretum at Rose Hall

Historic Landscape Preservation and Programs

In 1996 The Garden Club of Georgia launched the Historic Landscape Preservation Fundraiser to support a matching grant for the restoration of historic, non-profit, public landscapes and gardens in Georgia.

To date, historic landscapes have received matching grants from this fund totaling more than $250,000. Fundraisers are held in each district in rotation to highlight the many impressive historic garden sites in the state.

2023 Historic Preservation Fundraiser hosted by the Magnolia District - Massee Lane Gardens

Join us November 4, 2023 for a special day at Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, GA. The nine acre garden holds one of the world's finest collections of camellias. The Garden began as the private garden of David C. Strother in the 1930s. Mr. Strother donated this land to the American Camellia Society for its headquarters in 1966. Additional gardens of roses, daffodils, daylilies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, flowering trees, annuals and perennials provide year round beauty. Click here for details and registration form.

2022 Historic Preservation Fundraiser hosted by the Azalea District - Lockerly Arboretum

Located in Milledgeville, the Lockerly Arboretum features extensive collections of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, conifers, irises, and daylilies. The event featured tours of the gardens and Rose Hill,  the antebellum home on the property. Lunch was included provided by Comfort Farms, with a lecture on heirloom seeds.

2021 Historic Landscape Preservation Fundraiser hosted by the Redbud District

Redbud District hosted the 2021 HLP Fundraiser at the historic Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange. The day featured tours of the home and garden, a lecture by the head horticulturist entitled “Heirloom Plants for Garden Fragrance,” and a box lunch.

Historic Landscape Initiative

Since the 1930's GCG has been actively involved with various aspects of preserving Georgia's landscape history. For the past twenty years, one of its signature programs is the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative (GHLI). GHLI is a collaboration among The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and the Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, and the University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design, Historic Preservation Program. The purpose of the GHLI is to  conducta statewide inventory of historic gardens and landscapes of Georgia. For more information on the program, click here.

Historic Landscape Grant

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. partners with the the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Centerto provide this grant. Funding is provided in the form of 50/50 matching grants at a maximum of $3,000. Grants are funded for a one-year period. For details on the application process, click here. 

2021 Grant Recipients

2020 Grant Recipients

Grant recipients 2016-2018

Preservation Partners

Member clubs and individuals may donate to historic preservation. Clubs donating $25 or more are awarded "Partner of Preservation. " Organizations or individuals  donating $100 or more become a "Patron of Preservation". Use this form to make donations. Make checks payable to GCG and mail to the GCG Treasurer. Use the GCG donations form.

The James R. Cothran Historic Landscape Preservation Endowment Fund

GCG has established an endowment fund for the Historic Landscape Preservation Grants entitled the "James R. Cothran Historic Landscape Preservation Endowment Fund" in memory of James R. Cothran, founder of the Historic Landscape Preservation Fundraiser, Grant Fund and the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative. Monies donated to this fund will be used as a permanent capital fund solely for the purpose of financing the Historic Landscape Preservation Grants within the state of Georgia. Anyone wishing to support historic preservation and/or to honor Cothran's outstanding contributions to historic landscape preservation, may make a tax deductible contribution to this fund. To contribute, please complete this form. Clubs may also donate through the GCG donation form.