Workday Schedule
Autrey Mill
2nd & 4th Wednesday
Greenhouse
Tuesdays & Fridays
Lost Corner
TBD - usually Friday
Smith Plantation
Thursdays
Island Ford CRNRA Park Front Entrance Native Plant Gardens
Various/TBA
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Demonstration Gardens And Projects

Visit our demonstration gardens and help us on workdays. The workday schedule is listed in the calendar section.

 

Smith Plantation Garden Project

THE ARCHIBALD SMITH PLANTATION HOME

Address: 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA

Workdays: Thursdays—time varies by season  

archibaldsmithplantation.org

The Smith Home, c.1845, has been an official NFMG project since it was approved on August 14, 2001. The ultimate aim of the project is ‘to transform the overgrown property into pleasant surroundings to showcase the house’.  As a former terraced cotton plantation, the Smith Home and grounds are one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in this region. Apart from professionals hired to cut grass and handle tree problems, etc. the grounds of the eight acre Smith property are maintained entirely by volunteers.

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The Smith Home, c. 1840, has been an official NFMG project since August 14, 2001. The eight acre property is located in the heart of Roswell. A former terraced cotton plantation, the Smith Home and grounds are one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in this region. The focus of the Master Gardener project has been working on approximately two acres of native woodland adjacent to the main house This area includes a spring, the original stone Spring House, and two streams. This woodland is being replanted and maintained by NFMG volunteers.

Over the years, non-native trees, bushes, bulbs, and flowering plants have either invaded or been deliberately planted in the woodland. Therefore the ultimate goal of the project is to have the woodland certified by the Georgia Native Plant Society, with the Gold Native Plant Habitat Award. To that end, the site has already been awarded the Silver Native Plant Habitat Award by GNPS.

( https://gnps.org/conservation/native-plant-habitat-certification-2/)

After years of hard work, the area now boasts mulched stone-lined pathways, a labyrinth, hundreds of native plants, shrubs and ferns. Several stone benches have been installed. Volunteer activities run the whole gamut from planting new native plants, weeding, watering, and maintaining the existing planted areas, cleaning and upgrading the sides and bed of both streams, and maintaining the mulched pathways. The stream bridges need to be rejuvenated/restored and the historical stone wall on the far side of the Spring restored years ago by a Master Gardener needs to be monitored for its integrity.

AUTREY MILL NATURE PRESERVE & HERITAGE CENTER

Address: 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA

Workdays are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, weather permitting, time to be announced.  

autreymill.org

Since the year 2000, the North Fulton Master Gardeners have spent hundreds of hours developing and maintaining the gardens at Autrey Mill. While the focus of our efforts has been the Summerour Garden, we are starting to expand our efforts to other areas of the Preserve and Heritage buildings. This includes a shade garden on the side of the house; a daffodil bed along the path to the Country Store; a new perennial garden near the compost area, which will go in this spring; and maintaining the long expanse of irises and other perennials that line the bank to the Visitor's Center. Master Gardeners work with Eagle Scouts and their projects to maintain consistency in the historical and aesthetic appearance of the Preserve, and also with Girl Scouts who earn badges for working with plants and increasing their horticultural knowledge.

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The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center is a 46 acre Nature Preserve in North Fulton County with about two miles of trails and 8 historic buildings including a large Pole Barn. Some of the buildings were moved onto the property from within about a five mile radius of Autrey Mill. The Visitors' Center, deBray Chapel, Farm Museum, and Program Barn were original to this site. The Summerour House, Warsaw Church, Green Country Store, and Tenant Farmhouse were saved from demolition by Autrey Mill and moved from nearby locations.  This village and its related exhibit pieces provide an understanding of this area's proud rural heritage from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s and are used for educational programs at the Nature Preserve.

In February, 2007 the Summerour House Garden was renovated with native, historical plants, herbs and perennials that were available during the 1860’s when the home was inhabited by William Summerour and his family. This was accomplished through funding by Autrey Mill Board of Directors, North Fulton Master Gardeners, a grant from the state of Georgia Master Gardener Association and additional native plants donated by Fulton County.

Since the year 2000, the North Fulton Master Gardeners have spent hundreds of hours developing and maintaining the gardens at Autrey Mill. While the focus of our efforts has been the Summerour Garden, we are starting to expand our efforts to other areas of the Preserve and Heritage buildings. This includes a shade garden on the side of the house; a daffodil bed along the path to the Country Store; a new perennial garden near the compost area, which will go in this spring; and maintaining the long expanse of irises and other perennials that line the bank to the Visitor's Center. Master Gardeners work with Eagle Scouts and their projects to maintain consistency in the historical and aesthetic appearance of the Preserve, and also with Girl Scouts who earn badges for working with plants and increasing their horticultural knowledge.

All of the garden maintenance, with the exception of the lawns, is performed by volunteers, Master Gardeners and various School Groups. We are committed to preserving the environment and use mostly organic controls for pests and invasive plant species. This includes; weeding, pruning, fertilization with compost, and eradication of invasive plants. Our workdays are the 4th Wednesday of each Month from February to December.

Farm Chastain Project Garden

FARM CHASTAIN

Address: 4001 Powers Ferry Road NorthwestAtlanta, GA, 30342

 Workdays: varies  

chastainparkconservancy.org

Nestled within Chastain Park in Buckhead is a farm started by the Chastain Park Conservancy. It has 12 raised beds and 6 ground beds lined with original stones from park CCC projects funded by FDR’s administration during the Great Depression.  The Conservancy’s headquarters were on the farm until a devastating 2019 fire destroyed its fun and funky WWII Quonset hut offices. (Two years post fire Atlanta provided new offices in a converted Watershed building about 1 ½ football fields away). Sadly, the farm gates are now locked except for scheduled visits.  

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But we are excited! The Conservancy has begun planting a large native plant garden outside the farm gates with swings and benches accessible to all park visitors (3 million annually). Ooh…. Imagine the great opportunities to educate. And passers-by intended to just take a walk!

Currently we:

  • Plant and maintain several of the beds and support the board volunteers who plant the rest
  • Serve as docents for farm visitors scheduled by the Conservancy to build support for the park
  • Aid the operations manager who grew 1,600 plants for the park
  • Host garden club meetings at the farm
  • Help supervise volunteers at farm clean up days
Island Ford

ISLAND FORD POLLINATOR GARDEN

Island Ford CRNRA Park Front Entrance Native Plant Gardens  8850 Roberts Dr, Sandy Springs

If you are in the neighborhood of CRNRA’s Island Ford Park, take a short stroll from the front parking area to the Park’s Front Entrance Native Gardens. The gardens flank the car entrance/exit and the center “island.”

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The gardens welcome you to explore more about this beautiful park located in the heart of Sandy Springs and to learn more about some of the flora native to our beloved Georgia. They are comprised of only native plants with cool and colorful “common” names like boneset, rattlesnake master, golden aster, Georgia basil, mountain mint, green and gold, Georgia aster, blue mist flower, and river oats – just to name a few! Oh, and by the way, that beautifully structured tree in the center island goes by the majestic name of Grancy Greybeard—a shout-out to its spring-time white feathery fringe-like blooms. Even the garden mulch is direct from local CRNRA trees.

These beauties are full of fauna, too. You might see hundreds of bumble bees on the mountain mint, asters or boneset during the late summer; catch some swallowtail or fritillaries floating amongst the green and golds, the asters or the rattlesnake masters during September; eye a skink or a gecko shyly maneuvering along the snake fence playing hide and seek; or applaud a visiting bluebird or robin flipping the leaves as they seek out their babies’ next meals.

The gardens were conceptualized by two CRNRA Rangers and are lovingly tended by volunteers of CRNRA, the CNPC, and the North Fulton Master Gardeners. Though they are quiet, unassuming introverts—these little gardens will WOW! all your senses four seasons a year—just look how stunning they are even on the cusp of winter! —Christine Williams, Project Chair

Lost Corner

LOST CORNER PRESERVE

Address:  7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328

Workdays: Friday Mornings, (time depends on season) from Spring to Fall  

friendsoflostcorner.org

Lost Corner Preserve is a 24 acre City of Sandy Springs passive park with walking trails, a community garden, the former owner’s original gardens and a charming 1920s craftsman bungalow built on top of the original homestead's foundation remains from the 1850s.

 Friends of Lost Corner (FOLC) is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship to the park through funding, community engagement, programming, volunteers, and support for park preservation. North Fulton Master Gardeners (NFMG) provides support to Friends of Lost Corner for gardening projects beyond the support of the City of Sandy Springs.

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The park officially opened to the public on March 17, 2016. Friends of Lost Corner is the community organization, a 5103c, providing activities in the park and coordinating the local participation supporting the park. NFMG volunteers have worked individually at Lost Corner for several years. In 2018, NFMG began holding lecture classes in the Cottage which accommodates up to 40 people. The lectures were promoted by FOLC which coordinated promotion and other support by the City. The lecture program was discontinued in 2020 due to the Covid; however, FOLC continued supporting the promotion of the NFMG lecture series.

Working with FOLC President Trisha Thompson over the two years of lecture series, Ben Whitley became aware that there was no City support for the garden bed in front of the cottage and there was a need to refresh the bed. Trisha pointed out the bed of ephemerals under a 150 year oak tree. These plants which appear for a short time between February and April include native and non-native plants but there was no record of what was there. The grounds surrounding the cottage have native and non-native flowers, shrubs and trees. Individual FOLC board members knew where to find particular plants. However, there was no way to share this information with community visitors. NFMG members are working to identify and record these plants so the public can learn about them. NFMG is also undertaking an identification and mapping project of the native plants along the close to one mile of trails through the forest.

Lost Corner has a fine greenhouse moved from Glenridge Hall when that property was sold. The green house is currently under utilized and provides NFMG an opportunity to use it to teach the community about plant propagation. Currently, a federal/state government program is progressing to build a wildflower bed on the embankment adjacent the parking lot.

 Lost Corner S Bed    S bed in process

TEACHING MUSEUM GREENHOUSE

Address: 793 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075 (behind Teaching  Museum North) 

Workdays: Tuesdays and Fridays (Fall-Spring)  

Through our relationship with the Fulton CountyTeaching Museum North, and our Master Gardener Extension Volunteers volunteering to support their childhood educational programs, NFMG has the privilege of using the Greenhouse at the Teaching Museum. Specifically, in exchange for the use of the Greenhouse, the volunteer work performed is teaching grade-school children classes on gardening. Several of the classes are held at various Elementary schools in North Fulton County, and a few others (later in the Spring) are held in the Greenhouse. This is an excellent way to fulfill our mission of educating the public of Fulton County in the areas of horticulture and ecology!

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Several of the classes are held at various Elementary schools in North Fulton County, and a few others (our Digging in the Dirt Field Trips later in the Spring) are held in the Greenhouse. This is an excellent way to fulfill our mission of educating the public of Fulton County in the areas of horticulture and ecology!

Begining in the fall, NFMG members donate cuttings from their plants that may not survive the winter in the garden. These are then propagated in the greenhouse over the winter. This provided the NFMG members with an opportunity to learn more about plant cultivation from cutting and seed starting. This knowledge can then be passed on the the publice through speaker presentations.

The plants grown in the greenhouse are also included in our annual Garden Faire for purchase by the public. Monies earned from the sale goes back in the organization to be used in our demonstration gardens and teaching opportunities in the community.

     

Greenhouse Native Garden

TEACHING MUSEUM GREENHOUSE NATIVE GARDEN

Address: 793 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075 (behind Teaching  Museum North) 

The Native Plant Garden adjacent to the Teaching Museum Greenhouse is completing its second year. the third year is when perennials begin to thrive. Currently, there are 45 varieties of perennials with a need for more to increase plant variety and density. In the spring, we will move some plants so they will thrive better in what has turned out to be a very sunny plot as we add more. Many of the plants were donated by members. So, if there is a theme, it would be “Our Favorite Native Perennials” for a sunny spot.

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 A plant list is available if you would like to consider donating a plant. Plants over 3 1/2’ tall will be placed in a new bed along with others that are too large for the current bed. These include “Helianthus tuberosus” Jerusalem Artichoke , “Vernonia gigantea” New York Ironweed and other terrific plants we have that are too large for this garden.

In 2024 we will develop the garden into demonstration garden by adding identification markers and signage. We will explore providing QR codes on markers to provide a link to detailed information about each plant. This can include nomenclature, identifying characteristics, historical and current uses as well as pictures of the plant in various seasons. We hope to continue to develop the garden so it is available to students, teachers and the general public so that they may become more familiar with native plants and appreciate them.

Greenhouse Native Garden in Process