Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
America’s First Garden Club
In 1891 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Horticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
Location. 33° 57.707′ N, 83° 23.588′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 973 Prince Avenue, Athens GA 30601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William Lorenzo Moss Birthplace (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); U.S. Navy Supply Corps School / Former Site of Georgia State Normal School (approx. 0.6 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
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