Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve Restoration Project
Green Meadows Preserve is a new and unique county park, and in many ways similar to McFarland Nature Preserve. A core group of master gardeners, led by Jack Driskell and Bob Snider, had a vision for restoring this former homestead into a beautiful and historical period garden. Since this property belonged to the Cherokees prior to the 1832 Georgia Land Grant it was a perfect place to incorporate the Cherokee Garden adjacent to the l880 period garden. Many of our volunteers are both members of Cobb County Master Gardeners and GNPS.
In 2011, Tony Harris who is a Cherokee citizen and member of the GNPS began sharing his vision for a Cherokee garden with Lisa Betz, Jack Driskell, and the other Master Gardener volunteers. The purpose of the Cherokee Garden is to preserve and educate our community about the native plants that were historically significant to the Cherokees. Today many of us garden for pleasure but for the Cherokees these native plants meant survival. There are over 600 native plants that were used for medicine, food, weapons, crafts, lodging, canoes and basketry.
Our goal is to establish and maintain this restoration site as an environmentally correct demonstration garden showcasing these significant native plants. The garden will contain a large perennial native plant border, native vegetable garden, and native fruit tree orchard. All plants will be label with the common name, botanical name, and with the Cherokee usage. The second goal of our project is to identify and label all of the existing native plants in the meadow and woodland area of the park.
We meet every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Tony Harris and Lisa Betz are co-chairmen for The Cherokee Garden located at 3780 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127.
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News & Events
The Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve is now an official "Interpretative Site" on the Trail of Tears Historic Trail through the National Park Service. The Cherokee Garden Dedication on August 29th is hosted by Cobb County Parks Department and the Friends of...