Prosper Jules Alphonse Berckmans landscape architectural drawings
Scope and Content
This collection contains drawings that provide details of the land owned by the Berckmans family in both Belgium and Augusta, Georgia. Also part of the collection is a landscape drawing by P. J. Berckmans Company for an estate in Eatonton, Georgia and color landscape plans produced by the lawn and garden fertilizer company Vigoro.
- 1852-approximately 1920
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Prosper Jules Alphonse Berckmans, Sr. (1830-1910) was born near Brussels, Belgium, to Louis Edouard Mathieu Berckmans (1801-1883), a distinguished horticulturist. P.J.A. Berckmans was educated in France, later returning to Belgium in 1847 to work on his father's estates and to study botany at the Botanical Gardens of Brussels. In 1850, P.J.A. Berckmans moved to Plainfield, New Jersey, followed by his father in 1851. Later, the Berckmans moved to Augusta, Georgia, to run a nursery on a property known as "Pearmont," which they purchased from Benjamin Warren in 1857. In 1858, they purchased an adjacent property and nursery, "Fruitland," from horticulturist Dennis Redmond. The Berckmans combined Pearmont and Fruitland to create the expanded Fruitland Nurseries. One of the first commercial nurseries in the South, Fruitland Nurseries was a world-class experimental station and botanical garden, growing numerous varieties of fruit trees and ornamentals and disseminating them throughout the United Statess. P.J.A. Berckmans founded the Georgia Horticultural Society in 1876, serving as the organization's president until 1910. Berckmans was a lifetime member of the American Pomological Society and served as editor of Farmer and Gardener, a horticultural journal, for several years. When P.J.A. Berckmans died in 1910, his three sons continued to manage the business until the late 1910s. The trade name was sold to Bailie and Gwin in the early 1920s and continued to operate until the 1960s. In 1931, the Fruitland Nurseries' property was sold and later established as the site of the Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Golf Tournament.
3 set(s) of landscape drawing(s) (three sets of landscape drawings, one map, and one digital image)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2018.
- Augusta (Ga.) -- History
- Berckmans, Louis Mathieu Edouard, 1801-1883
- Berckmans, Prosper Jules Alphonse, 1830-1910
- Fruitland Nurseries (Augusta, Ga.)
- Horticulture -- Georgia
- Horticulturists -- Georgia
- Landscape architects -- Georgia -- Augusta
- Landscape architecture -- Georgia -- Augusta
- Nurseries (Horticulture) -- Catalogs
- P. J. Berckmans Company (Augusta, Ga.)
- Prosper Jules Alphonse Berckmans landscape architectural drawings
- Jennie Oldfield
- February 2018
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