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The Rise of Camellias in Southern Gardens

Camellias have bloomed in Southern gardens since the late 1700s. Native to eastern Asia, their popularity dates back many centuries for their beauty and as the source of tea. They arrived in Europe by the mid-1700s, and the earliest camellias…

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Holiday Plant Symbolism

Discover the origins and stories of holiday plants with Richard Waterhouse, executive director of Buckhead Heritage and Victorian Symbolism tour guide. Holly and Greenery One of the rites of passage that takes place in Christian churches during the Christmas season…

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Losing Old Trees at Oakland

Oakland’s mature trees are an integral part of Oakland’s character. They are the only living link that remains of what Oakland was. They've seen many funerals and family picnics and you can’t help but wonder what stories they could tell.…

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Gold in the Gardens

Fall colors are starting to fill the gardens, and gold is the color of the season. You’ll find it abundantly in Oakland's flowers, fruits, and foliage right now. The many shades of yellow are catching everyone’s attention, and some are…

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Featured Plants at our Fall Plant Sale

It’s almost that time again! Temperatures are cooling down just a little and it's time to get out into the garden. Oakland’s Fall Plant Sale is the perfect place to find a few exciting additions (have you reserved your shopping…

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Dividing Iris: A Video Guide

In this video, Director of Gardens Sara Henderson shows how to divide and replant iris. Dividing iris is critical to their care, and can help spread these beautiful flowers throughout your garden!
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Lilies, Lilies and More Lilies!

Lily season is here. The buds are already visible atop their tall stems, ready to burst open. The show is fleeting, but it brings a level of beauty few flowers can match. True lilies are members of Liliaceae family and…

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Celebrating the Trees of Oakland

Did you know that Oakland is home to more than 1,600 trees, from majestic oaks to mighty magnolias, to demure crape myrtles and dogwoods? Oakland’s trees feed and shelter wildlife, help reduce air pollution and provide welcome shade for visitors.…

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