Lockerly Arboretum will celebrate the re-opening of its Woods Museum and new Visitor Center on Thursday afternoon, April 7th at 4:00. The public is invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber of Commerce, and then enjoy permanent and temporary exhibits.

The Museum will include permanent displays on horticulture and trees in addition to the history of Rose Hill and the establishment of the Arboretum. A temporary exhibit of artwork inspired by Rose Hill and the gardens, Art in the Arboretum, which was created by GCSU students, will also be part of this re-opening. Seasonal displays will be installed when the art display is concluded this summer.

The founder of Lockerly Arboretum, E.J. Grassmann, wanted to share his passion for horticulture and outdoor exploring by establishing the Arboretum and making it available to the public. The Woods Museum promotes Grassmann’s vision with displays and information designed for visitors of all ages. It will serve as a starting point for field trips and classes offered through the Arboretum’s Education Program.

Led by Trustee Kathy Chandler, the updates to the Woods Museum also include the addition of a Visitor Center. The Center will feature artwork and yard accessories created by volunteers and supporters of the Arboretum, as well as Lockerly shirts and hats. The public is invited to celebrate this addition to Lockerly Arboretum on Thursday, April 7th at 4:00 in the afternoon. Lockerly Arboretum is located at 1534 Irwinton Road approximately one mile from downtown Milledgeville.


Katherine Helms Cumming

Executive Director