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Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia's Historic Gardens

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Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia's Historic Gardens

  • Gainey Hall 10640 Serenbe Lane Palmetto, GA, 30268 United States (map)

Please join us for an talk and presentation with Staci Catron and Mary Ann Eady, the authors behind the book Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens. This event is free though we request you RSVP with free tickets through our eventbrite page HERE. We also encourage attendees to select the paid ticket option which comes with a copy of Seeking Eden.

Saturday September 21st in Gainey Hall in Selborne’s Grange Hamlet, just across the street from Hills & Hamlets Bookshop.

5pm-5:30pm casual meet & greet with wine/beer/refreshments

5:30pm-6:15pm talk and visual aid presentation

6:15pm-6:30pm Q&A

6:30pm Book signing

About the book:

Seeking Eden promotes an awareness of, and appreciation for, Georgia’s rich garden heritage. Updated and expanded here are the stories of nearly thirty designed landscapes first identified in the early twentieth-century publication Garden History of Georgia, 1733–1933. Seeking Eden records each garden’s evolution and history as well as each garden’s current early twenty-first-century appearance, as beautifully documented in photographs. Dating from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, these publicly and privately owned gardens include nineteenth-century parterres, Colonial Revival gardens, Country Place–era landscapes, rock gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, and an urban conservation garden.

Seeking Eden explores the significant impact of the women who envisioned and nurtured many of these special places; the role of professional designers, including J. Neel Reid, Philip Trammel Shutze, William C. Pauley, Robert B. Cridland, the Olmsted Brothers, Hubert Bond Owens, and Clermont Lee; and the influence of the garden club movement in Georgia in the early twentieth century.

About the authors:

Staci L. Catron is the director of the Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, and a past president of the Southern Garden History Society.

Mary Ann Eaddy retired from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources where she worked first as manager of the technical services unit and then as special assistant to the director. She also taught a graduate course in preservation planning in the Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University.

Earlier Event: September 18
American History Book Club Meeting