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Athens in Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

America’s First Garden Club

 
 
America’s First Garden Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
1. America’s First Garden Club Marker
Inscription. In I891 at this site, the Ladies Garden Club was founded by twelve Athens ladies in the home of Mrs. E. K. Lumpkin. Mrs. Lamar Cobb was the first president. Beginning as a small neighborhood group, the club extended membership to all Athens ladies interested in gardening in 1892.

In the spring of 1892 the group presented its first flower and vegetable exhibition. By 1894 a set of standards, similar to those of today, had been drawn up to make the shows as professional as possible.

In 1936 the National Council of State Garden Clubs recognized the Ladies Garden Club as America’s first garden club.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 029-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 57.707′ N, 83° 23.588′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Prince Avenue (U.S. 129) and North Chase Street, on the right when traveling east on Prince Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 973 Prince Avenue, Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William Lorenzo Moss Birthplace
America’s First Garden Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
2. America’s First Garden Club Marker
Prince Avenue is to the left
(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Taylor-Grady House (approx. ¼ mile away); May Erwin Talmadge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lucy Cobb Institute (1858-1931) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camak House: (approx. 0.6 miles away); Athens High and Industrial School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Louis H. Persley (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsHorticulture & Forestry
 
America’s First Garden Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
3. America’s First Garden Club Marker
The marker, with the former E. K. Lumpkin home in the distance
Judge Edwin King Lumpkin House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
4. Judge Edwin King Lumpkin House
This house, built by General Robert Taylor c. 1859, is where the Ladies Garden Club of Athens was founded in January 1891.
 
 
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