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Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Friendship Garden

 
 
Friendship Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
1. Friendship Garden Marker
Inscription. In May 1936, the Tri-County news of Americus, Georgia, reported, "Miss Julia Coleman {superintendent of the Plains High School} has directed a program for the beautification of the {school} campus this spring, and many shrubs and flowers have been planted. "The beautification program continued into the next school year, and eventually it evolved into Friendship Garden. The entire community soon joined in landscaping the school grounds. In 1949 the local press noted, "Garden clubs and citizens of the community became interested. Today the garden represents the entire countryside."

Each year students from the school participate in "Garden days," when they pruned, trimmed, cleaned and improved the garden. Included in the plantings were azaleas, forsythia, junipers, japonicas, cedars, daffodils, tulips, lilacs, and roses. In the early years of the garden, a bed or iris formed the letters P.H.S.

Friendship Garden became a focal point for both students and residents. Like many of Miss Julia Coleman's projects, it joined school and community in a hands-on educational venture marked by industry and love. A county newspaper reported, "Friendship Garden is more than a mere garden. It is a sacred spot."
 
Location. 32° 2.171′ N, 84° 23.573′ W.
School superintendent Julia Coleman -picture to the left image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
2. School superintendent Julia Coleman -picture to the left
Miss Julia Coleman along with mothers and their children in the garden. (top right) High school boys planting and caring for the garden. (bottom right)
Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on North Broad Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baby Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Plains High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Billy Carter Service Station (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wise Sanitarium (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Carter Peanut Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); M and M Cash Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Friendship Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
3. Friendship Garden Marker
Friendship Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
4. Friendship Garden Marker
Marker is to the left of the driveway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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