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Laurels for Woolford’s Rock Garden

Jacqueland1The Jacqueland Rock Garden, created in 1926 on the Woolford Estate, recently received the 2015 Restoration Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Set in a mature oak-hickory forest native to the Georgia Piedmont and surrounded by evergreen hemlocks, the garden had been neglected, becoming overgrown and eroded over the course of five decades.

Adjacent to the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, the garden invites contemplation and offers serenity near a waterfall, pool, and fountain. The restoration came about when Sara A. Hehir, chair of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, became intrigued by what lay beneath the ivy and wisteria. She recruited Cooper Sanchez, head gardener of Oakland Cemetery, to direct the restoration, which AHHA executive director Melissa Connor subsequently initiated.

The garden is located at 1815 Ponce de Leon and is open to the public during daylight hours. For more information, please contact Melissa Connor at 404-377-6333.

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