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Perennial Garden Club records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1080

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials that provide a history of the civic and social activities of the club. Material includes meeting announcements, yearbooks, clippings, and GCG convention booklets. Scrapbooks are largely devoted to the study of horticulture, conservation, and related gardening interests, including several papers written by members. A club history details its policies on the restriction of civic work and on fundraising.


  • 1942-1970, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Perennial Garden Club of Atlanta, Georgia, was formed in 1928 for the purpose of "the study and culture of flowers; the study of landscape gardening and allied subjects; and the support and promotion, when possible, of movements to increase the general interest in the cultivation and improvement of the standard of gardens." The club joined The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. (GCG) and Rich's Garden Center in 1929. Among the club's original members are Mrs. James R. Bachman, first club president and well known Atlanta gardener, and Mrs. John L. (Adelle Bartlett) Harper, popular horticultural speaker and the first woman to own and operate a florist shop in Atlanta. Several of the club members, including Mrs. John L. Harper, left in 1935 to form the Magnolia Garden Club. The club was governed by elected officers such as president, vice president, and treasurer. Although the club did not participate in civic projects, many members were involved with GCG and participated in local flower shows.


0.42 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2004

Related Archival Materials

Magnolia Garden Club records, MSS 1135, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.

Perennial Garden Club records
Jennie Oldfield
March 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305