While there's always year 'round botanical interest at Lockerly Arboretum <http://www.lockerly.org/>, it's a horticultural laboratory rather than a showplace garden. The mission is to test non-native plants to determine their adaptability to Middle Georgia climate and soil. There's no admission charge.
Located on a 50-acre tract, just outside historic Milledgeville, Ga.(1534 Irwinton Road), Lockerly is home to more than 6,000 species and cultivar plants. As a Lifetime Master Gardener, I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about plants and their names (they're well labeled) each time I visit. The scenic beauty of this unique garden is typical of the Georgia Piedmont.
When the antebellum mansion Lockerly Hall was built about 1852, it presided over a 10,000 acre plantation. In the center of the present day arboretum, it's one of the area’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture and is furnished with historically-appropriate pieces.
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