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Georgia Horticultural Society records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1092

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, minutes, membership rosters, and treasurer's reports that provide a history of the social and civic activities of the society. Also included are newsletters and meeting programs, which offer details on topics of interest and field trips. Of special interest are documents that show the society's involvement with the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia.


  • 1964-1994, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Georgia Horticultural Society, Inc. was organized in 1964 for "the advancement and promotion of Georgia horticulture through meetings, publications, lectures, dissemination of literature, and other suitable methods." The society was governed by elected officers such as president, vice president, and treasurer. The society was formed to fill a void left by the 1932 dissolution of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, which was created in 1876 by first president Prosper Jules 'P.J.' Berckmans of Fruitland Nurseries in Augusta, Georgia. In 1964 Dr. Francis E. Johnstone Jr., Professor of Horticulture at University of Georgia and first director of the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia, called the first organizational meeting to form a new state horticultural society. The society provided support and funding to the State Botanical Garden, including the Turner Memorial Rose Garden. Biannual meetings offered members opportunities for educational lectures and garden tours. The society also published a quarterly newsletter. Due to declining membership the society disbanded in the 1990s. All remaining funds were dispersed to the State Botanical Garden and the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia in accordance with the society's by-laws.


1.67 linear ft. (four document cases)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Description Control

This collection was processed 2016.

Georgia Horticultural Society records
Jennie Oldfield
June 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