Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Dunwoody High School
Chair: Bonnie Barton
The Dunwoody Garden Club has been working on beautifying Dunwoody High School since 1972 when the school was built. In that first year, our club designed the landscaping, planted trees and installed a flagstone patio and benches in the interior courtyard. Two of our current members, Joyce Amacher and Cle Jackson, and their families devoted much time and energy into the project. Due to building renovation and the addition of a second story, the trees had to be removed; however, the flagstone patio and benches remain.
Our recent cold, hard winter took a toll on the Carolina Jessamine. Several of them had to be replaced. Also, we planted an October Glory Maple tree on the front lawn to replace a crabapple tree that was destroyed in a storm. This is the tree planted in the new landscaping plan for the new addition to the high school.
The Butterfly Garden at Brook Run Greenhouse
Chair: Karen Converse
This project was developed in 2011 in the greenhouse complex located in 110-acre Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Since vegetables and fruits are grown in this area, it was a natural place to establish a garden that would help raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects. The beautiful blooms in the butterfly garden attract visitors as well as insects and birds. With the use of many native plants, we hope to demonstrate that not only can native plants provide food and habitat to sustain native organisms but they can also lend beauty to a landscape.
Since the initial installation, our butterfly garden has continued to grow and thrive. We have a gardening committee which maintains the garden and labels the plants. Each month members volunteer to deadhead, tidy, water, and perform necessary maintenance tasks.
In September 2013 we were awarded the Pollinator Habitat Certification from the Monarchs Across Georgia organization. Our pollinator garden has been selected to be included in the Atlanta Audubon Society backyard habitat tour this fall.
"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
"They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it? "
Continuing Participating Projects:
Butterfly Garden at Brook Run Greenhouse
Brook Run Entrance Garden
Dunwoody Library Atrium Planter
Chair: Maria Richmond
Since 1964, the Dunwoody Garden Club has taken pride in maintaining the oversized, round marble planter under the sky-lit rotunda just inside the main entrance of the Dunwoody Library.
In 2010 and 2011, the entire area was completely renovated two times! We bought an array of low maintenance Kimberly Queen ferns and a wonderful concrete lectern for the center. (The lectern, which gives a “library feel” to the planter, has actually held up well.) After a few lovely months, the ferns began browning up from the bottom. Worse, great patches would show up squashedwe were told that children enjoyed jumping in the middle of them!
So during the past year, we started over againa sparser look, more forbidding we thought. We found a wonderful colorful curly croton, a flat philodendron, a dozen large mothers-in-law tongues and a nice hardy scheffelera to place behind the lectern. Kudos again from all sides. During a recent work day, a new library employee watched us for awhile and then came up to speak. “I love this planting” she said. “It makes it so welcoming when you walk in.”
Dunwoody Library Landscaping
Chair: Allison Metheny
In 2009, the Dunwoody Garden Club partnered with the Friends of the Dunwoody Library to pursue exterior enhancements to and beautification of the library grounds. Since that time, we have added and continue to maintain crocus, creeping gardenias, a Japanese maple, Knock-Out roses, daffodils, and a Kousa dogwood. A major overhaul, which included cutting back overgrown shrubs and trees, now allows more visibility and a cleaner, tidier appearance overall. Annuals we add each spring and fall draw many compliments. We are pleased to continue our alliance with the Friends of the Library.
This year we have started some major pruning of shrubbery and removing invasive liriope. In addition, we will add new bulbs and perennials and continue to plant annuals in the fall and spring.
Brook Run Entrance Garden
Chair: Bonnie Barton
New project! This 102-acre park was once home to a residential mental health treatment facility. It opened in 1968 and operated for 30 years. DeKalb bought the property from the State of Georgia for $5.5 million1997 to become green space. Brook Run is now the premier park of the City of Dunwoody with entrances located off Peeler and North Peachtree Roads.
The park’s facilities include: an outstanding children’s playground and adventure garden; a Veterans Memorial; large wooded dog park; skate park; community garden; DeKalb Master Gardeners gardens and orchard; our exceptional award-winning butterfly garden; multi-use fields; and a 1.82 mile walking and bike trail. The park hosts numerous community events: summer outdoor movies; Truck Thursdays; Music Festival; Beer Festival; car shows; and Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Lemonade Days, a springtime festival that attracts-35,000 people over a five-day run.
The landscaping at Brook Run's Peachtree entrance is now the Dunwoody Garden Club’s signature project. In conjunction with Dunwoody’s Parks and Recreation Department, in just one season, our club has transformed this entrance from an outdated, overgrown, and dead area to a beautiful, fresh new garden on both sides of the entrance. Old shrubs were removed and compost was tilled into the compacted soil to make rich flower beds. Several large boulders installed to shape the north side entrance garden. One huge fifteen-ton boulder as “The Rock” was from the construction at Dunwoody Village Parkway to anchor the south side entrance garden.
For more information, contact: rose@DunwoodyGardenClub.com
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