Founded in 1965, by Mr. E. J. Grassmann, Lockerly Arboretum boasts 50 acres of gardens, walking trails, and a pond. Their plantings feature flowering shrubs such as camellias and azaleas, and a variety of trees including oaks, magnolias and a 301 year old section of a bald cypress, as well as perennials and annuals. A 1 mile nature trail is home to many mature hardwoods, ferns and wildflowers, including a Tall Stewartia (Stewartia monadelpha), a small leaf Vibernum and a Cedar Elm, all Georgia State Champion trees. The greenhouses are used for educational programs and in 2016, one greenhouse was expanded to include tropical plants. Starting in 2018, Lockerly will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
The centerpiece of Lockerly is Rose Hill, a National Register, Greek Revival style home built in 1852 by Daniel R. Tucker. The name Rose Hill was chosen because of the abundance of Cherokee Roses that grew on the site.
Visitors can walk the trails, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the tables near the pond, watch birds and wildlife, and explore the mansion. There is no charge to visit the gardens. Self-guided Rose Hill tours are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and free for veterans. Coordinated group tour pricing is available; please call for rates. All dogs must be kept on a leash and owners are asked to clean up after their pets.