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Lullwater Garden Club Blossoming With Plans

The Lullwater Garden Club has initiated a long-term revitalization project, restoring and updating the conservation garden that it has tended since 1931. The ambitious plan could cost as much as $500,000 with funding from corporations, foundations, and the Druid Hills neighborhood. Each Lullwater Garden Club member has been asked to make a multi-year financial commitment.

New plans by Spencer Tunnell, of Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architects, call for improved management of water, erosion, and invasive species as well as the expansion of trails and cultivation of a wildlife habitat. The Druid Hills Civic Association will contribute $15,000 to the initiative ($5,000 annually across three years).

“The Lullwater Conservation Garden is a gem of green space within our neighborhood and we proudly support the club’s efforts to maintain and revitalize this park,” said DHCA president Justin Critz in announcing the grant.

“Growing up playing in the creek and on the paths and bridges, I did not understand the effort that must be put in to keeping this park such a lush and thriving amenity for Druid Hills,” he added. “Now, as I watch my own children play in the park, I am thankful to the club members for their stewardship.”

The garden is a 6.5 acre stretch of natural woodland once owned by the Dan Johnson family and later by the Candler estate. In 1964, the Lullwater Garden Club purchased the land from Emory University for $1,500. Located between Lullwater Parkway and Lullwater Road and bisected by Lullwater Creek, it is open to the public. The entrance is at the south intersection of Lullwater Parkway and Lullwater Road.

“We are so pleased with the outpouring of support from neighbors and local groups. It’s wonderful that the Lullwater Garden Club has such a strong partnership with the community of Druid Hills,” said Kim Storbeck, president of the club.

Club members have historically created new features for the garden. Last year, they restored a stone wishing well that was built in the 1940s. Visitors also enjoy nature trails, a bird sanctuary, a wildflower refuge, benches, and footbridges that lie beyond the garden’s stone entrance pillars.

The first phase of the project will take about three years and cost $235,000. Its focus is erosion and drainage, an increasingly serious problem as run-off surges through the creek during storms. The large volume of water results from the greater expanse of paved surface in the Druid Hills neighborhood. The club has enlisted the help of a Georgia Tech professor whose field is environmental engineering; he and his students will create a storm flow analysis. In the meantime, 20 trees are endangered, their roots and trunks exposed by scour erosion.

Details of the garden’s 82 years have been faithfully recorded by club members and these archives will soon be donated to the Atlanta History Center.

Please contact Kim Storbeck at ksutherland@market-line.com for more information.

Lullwater Garden Master Plan: LGC-MASTERPLAN-PHOTOSHOP-ARIAL-TEXT

Lullwater Garden Erosion Plan: LGC-11X17-EROSION-PLAN-ARIAL-TEXT

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