The Period Garden at Green Meadows Preserve became an approved Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County project in December 2011. The garden is located on 112 acres of historic farm land in west Cobb, which was purchased by the County for use as a passive park. The Period Garden centers around a 19th century farmhouse, probably built in the second half of the 1800s, though it has been expanded and repaired over the years, creating a mix of 19th and 20th century construction.
Co-located with the Period Garden is another new, but separate, MGVOCC project, The Green Meadows Preserve Community Garden. It is here members of the public can lease space to plant and raise their own vegetable crop.
The Period Garden project is composed of two parts: a period garden and a Cherokee Nation garden. The period garden, in and around the farmhouse, is being reconstructed to feature shrubs and plantings common to the area during the 19th century. These include hydrangeas, native azaleas, daylilies, iris, black eyed susans, cone flowers, four o’clocks, shrub roses and salvia, among others plantings. Existing overgrown shrubs (ligustrum and acuba) were trimmed and are being maintained while evasive plants are being eradicated (privet, smilax and honeysuckle). Planting beds are defined with borders of rocks and old bricks.
The Cherokee garden is being developed in three phases. Once fully established it will contain plants that were used by the Cherokee Indians of this region for food, medicines, tools, weapons and materials incorporated into building shelters. Currently over 400 plants have been identified. The plants to be used in the garden will all have formal tags showing the common name, Latin name and how the plant was used. Future plans include a heritage vegetable garden and an orchard featuring between 12 to 18 different kinds of fruit trees used by the Cherokee Indians.
The County’s vision is to renovate the farmhouse so that it can be used as a classroom facility. Master gardener volunteers and others will teach classes on horticulture, gardening and Cherokee history and culture.
The project meets Thursday mornings, from 9-11 a.m. During the summer project work starts earlier, due to the heat. Periodically the volunteers extend their gathering to hear a presentation and share food in a Lunch-n-Learn session. We always welcome new volunteers; come join us!
For more information visit: My Cherokee Garden