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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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Saving Our Cemetery, One Boxwood At a Time

By Sara Henderson Oakland was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and the work that has been done to restore the grounds has been based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects,…

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Dutchmen and Patches

The physical scape of Oakland Cemetery is bombarded daily by the elements.  Acid rain, air pollution, wind, falling tree limbs, vandalism and a myriad of other natural and manmade can cause erosion, cracks and the general failure of the stone…

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History of the Easter Lily

By Sara Henderson Spring has officially arrived! It’s been a long, cold winter but the Vernal Equinox – the official start of spring – is March 20. That means Easter, celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon…

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