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Planting Season Is Almost Here!

by Sara Henderson The recent cool weather and September’s arrival remind us that fall is just around the corner. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s gardens will shift into a different mode, as the late-blooming perennials bring bright color and growth slows down.…

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Lollipops and Gumballs

by Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens The Victorians were an adventuresome lot and one character trait that is often attributed to them is the desire to tame the natural world. Additionally, in spite of being down right stuffy at times,…

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Milk and Wine Lilies

by Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens Those of us who grew up in the South likely remember giant mounds of green, strap-like leaves in a neighbor’s garden. If we were lucky we came across it in full bloom one June evening…

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Hope for a Community

by Larry Upthegrove In 1881 a 22-year-old medical doctor, with several years of private practice experience under his belt, was hired by the Fulton County Grand Jury to be the Director of the Fulton County Poorhouse. Dr. Robert Lawson Hope…

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Summer Storms Pose a Threat To Our Trees

Lightning damage has been responsible for the loss of many of our largest trees. Many of our remaining tall trees have been struck, sometimes multiple times, but have managed to recover. Sadly the magnificent oak in the African American grounds…

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Stories Behind Statues: Hebe

The oldest assumed female statue in Oakland is an outlier; it was almost certainly not created as a monument to the dead.  The badly damaged marble statue on the Witt family lot in the Jewish section of the cemetery is…

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