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A Host of Golden Daffodils

Oakland’s daffodils started blooming in earnest with this week’s warm weather and I was pleased to see many Oakland Cemetery visitors enjoying them. These are the Lent Lilies, or more correctly, Narcissus pseudonarcissus. They are one of the first daffodils to…

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Oakland's Gardens to the Rescue

by Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens This weekend's bulb rescue was a great success. We had 11 dedicated volunteers digging for Oakland, including two from the Georgia Daffodil Society. Our friends at Hills and Dales Estate were also digging with us,…

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Archaeology at the Greenhouse

By Neale Nickels Director of Preservation One thing that distinguishes Oakland Cemetery is its beautiful gardens. Historically, Oakland operated a greenhouse for the preservation of warm-weather plants during the winter. It was presumably used by the staff for maintaining public…

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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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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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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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