Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville obtains accreditation
The University of North Dakota partnered with the arboretum to see if poplars would survive in our climate.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia – Milledgeville’s 50 acres of wooded trees, flowering foliage and exotic plants at Lockerly Arboretum could have a major economic impact in Georgia.
Elizabeth Pratt and her daughter Abby admired the sights and sounds of Lockerly Arboretum on Friday morning.
“There are a lot of beautiful things to see here that you don’t see around,” exclaimed Elizabeth.
“I really enjoyed the mini island and the pond,” Abby said with a smile.
But believe it or not, a barely hanging patch of plants is a key factor in Lockerly’s success.
Director Jennifer Pollard says people come to the office worried about the little guys.
“It’s funny, people come to the office and say, ‘Hey, I think you have to water your trees over there. Looks like they’re dying, “and unfortunately that’s part of the process,” Pollard explained.
She knows it sounds confusing, but the University of North Dakota has teamed up with the arboretum to see if the poplars would survive in our climate.
“At level 3, you open up your organization to scientific research,” Pollard said.
Until now, all they had to do was find a reputable buddy and a project. With everything in place, the arboretum has just blossomed into elite status.
“We are one of only three arboreta in the United States that are level 3, 1 in 37 in the world,” Pollard calculated.
If the poplars survive, the leaves and trunk could have a big economic impact on Georgia.
“It can also be used in the same way that pins are used in the production of paper and other products, so it’s exciting to see,” Pollard said.
So don’t worry about the withered plants – live or die, they have already borne fruit in a place where greenery makes people dizzy.
You can walk or drive for free on the Lockerly Arboretum Trail.
You are also invited to an event next Thursday at 10 a.m. where they will officially announce their Level 3 accreditation.
Guest speakers include the CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.