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Surprises in the gutter…

By Dustin Hornsby and Collier Neeley Several years ago the City of Atlanta tried to vacuum clean the 19th century brick drainage pipes that run throughout the cemetery.  They were unable to complete the job in the pipe near the…

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Brrrrrr! It’s COLD out there!

By Sara Henderson Our January weather has been typically erratic. It reached 65° this past Saturday and then into the teens Monday night. Thankfully most of our plants are able to handle these wide swings as long as it cools…

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Monuments on the Move

Monuments can be threatened by the best of intentions. A planting by a family member or friend may seem harmless at first. Decades down the road, however, the unintended consequences can be devastating to the monuments and markers in the…

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Oakland’s Diminishing Canopy

Oakland’s trees are the oldest element in the gardens, and they are our most visible. The attachment people feel to them was never as apparent as after the tornado in March 2008. We lost over 110 mature trees in those…

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It all falls down…

By Ashley Cissel Lee and Dustin Hornsby While working in phase three, Oakland’s restoration crew was all set to repair a flat tablature near the tomb of Jasper Newton Smith. “When we raised the tablature, we started finding marble panels,”…

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Winter Memories

By Sara Henderson The Thanksgiving feast causes us to stop, savor and be appreciative for the countless blessings in our lives. It symbolizes the end to the harvest season and the successful gathering of the food needed to survive the…

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Evergreens at Oakland

By: Sara Henderson The wreath is one of the oldest decorations. The word wreath likely came from the Old English word “writhen” which meant “to writhe or twist” and they are traditionally made by twisting branches together in a circle.…

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Monument Preservation 101: Cleaning Masonry

By Dustin Hornsby Cleaning tombstones and markers is a crucial part of preservation. However, many common cleaners can severely damage masonry. Household bleach or other oxidizing cleaners may chemically react with the surface and leave soluble salts in the pores. …

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Gold in the Gardens

Fall colors are starting to fill the gardens and gold is the color of the season. The many shades of yellow are catching everyone’s eye and several are creating quite a stir. There’s lots of gold to be found, and…

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