Workday Schedule
Autrey Mill
4th Wednesday
Big Trees
3rd Wednesday
Smith Plantation
Thursdays

Demonstration Gardens

Visit our demonstration gardens and help us on workdays. The workday schedule is listed in the calendar section.

AUTREY MILL NATURE PRESERVE & HERITAGE CENTER

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Since the year 2000, the North Fulton Master Gardeners have spent hundreds of hours developing and maintaining the gardens at Autrey Mill. While the focus of our efforts has been the Summerour House Garden, we are starting to expand our efforts to other areas of the Preserve and Heritage buildings.  This includes a rock garden and shade garden along the path to the Country Store, landscaping the Warsaw Church and maintaining the entrance and the long expanse of climbing roses and iris that line the bank to the Visitor’s Center.  Master Gardeners work with Eagle Scouts and their projects to maintain consistency in the historical and aesthetic appearance of the Preserve.

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The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center is a 46 acre Nature Preserve in North Fulton County with about two miles of trails and 8 historic buildings including a large Pole Barn. Some of the buildings were moved onto the property from within about a five mile radius of Autrey Mill. The Visitors' Center, deBray Chapel, Farm Museum, and Program Barn were original to this site. The Summerour House, Warsaw Church, Green Country Store, and Tenant Farmhouse were saved from demolition by Autrey Mill and moved from nearby locations.  This village and its related exhibit pieces provide an understanding of this area's proud rural heritage from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s and are used for educational programs at the Nature Preserve.

In February, 2007 the Summerour House Garden was renovated with native, historical plants, herbs and perennials that were available during the 1860’s when the home was inhabited by William Summerour and his family. This was accomplished through funding by Autrey Mill Board of Directors, North Fulton Master Gardeners, a grant from the state of Georgia Master Gardener Association and additional native plants donated by Fulton County.

Since the year 2000, the North Fulton Master Gardeners have spent hundreds of hours developing and maintaining the gardens at Autrey Mill. While the focus of our efforts has been the Summerour House Garden, we are starting to expand our efforts to other areas of the Preserve and Heritage buildings. This includes a rock garden and shade garden along the path to the Country Store, landscaping the Warsaw Church and maintaining the entrance and the long expanse of climbing roses and iris that line the bank to the Visitor’s Center. Master Gardeners work with Eagle Scouts and their projects to maintain consistency in the historical and aesthetic appearance of the Preserve. 

All of the garden maintenance, with the exception of the lawns, is performed by volunteers, Master Gardeners and various School Groups. We are committed to preserving the environment and use mostly organic controls for pests and invasive plant species. This includes; weeding, pruning, fertilization with compost, and eradication of invasive plants. Our workdays are the 4th Wednesday of each Month from February to December.

Big Tree Forest Preserve Garden Project

BIG TREES FOREST PRESERVE

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The Big Trees Forest Preserve Master Gardener project is to develop and maintain a wildflower meadow. The meadow is planted with native plants to provide an education source. The meadow is supported to add diversity of native wildflowers to complement the existing trees and native plants throughout the Big Trees Forest Preserve.

 
Orchard Hill Project Garden

FARM CHASTAIN

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Farm Chastain is situated in the middle of Chastain Park which, at 268 acres is the largest City of Atlanta public park. We are an Urban Teaching Farm and all of our classes are taught hands on. We teach Farm Fresh monthly which is part of the 4H program. W also have Community classes 9 months of the year and partner with Cancer Wellness to teach classes monthly. We also host visits from scout groups, schools, garden clubs, and a variety of other groups. Our class schedule is listed on this website and are also listed on MeetUp Farm Chastain.

Smith Plantation Garden Project

THE ARCHIBALD SMITH PLANTATION HOME

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The Smith Home, c.1845, has been an official NFMG project since it was approved on August 14, 2001. The ultimate aim of the project is ‘to transform the overgrown property into pleasant surroundings to showcase the house’.  As a former terraced cotton plantation, the Smith Home and grounds are one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in this region. Apart from professionals hired to cut grass and handle tree problems, etc. the grounds of the eight acre Smith property are maintained entirely by volunteers.

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The Smith Home, c.1845, has been an official NFMG project since it was approved on August 14, 2001.  The ultimate aim of the project is ‘to transform the overgrown property into pleasant surroundings to showcase the house’.  As a former terraced cotton plantation, the Smith Home and grounds are one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in this region.

Apart from professionals hired to cut grass and handle tree problems, etc. the grounds of the eight acre Smith property are maintained entirely by volunteers.  Master Gardeners have been working at the Smith Plantation since 1996, starting in areas such as the Hosta Garden and the Spring House.  After the Pavilion was erected, the work area expanded to cover the section on the east from the Pavilion to the Springs.  After several years’ hard work this area now boasts mulched paths, hundred of native shrubs, plants, and ferns; seating benches and descriptive plaques about the plants.  In addition bridges allow pedestrians to cross over the streams.  With completion of this stretch of woodland, it is now possible to expand the work area to the section north of the Pavilion where the loss of three very large trees makes the work more imperative.  This section of the grounds will only be cleared and tidied, not extensively planted like the adjacent section.

Volunteer activities run the whole gamut from weeding, watering, and maintaining the existing planted areas, restoring the dry stone wall on the far side of the Spring, cleaning and upgrading the bed of both streams, and as time permits, removing privet, brambles and vines from the area north of the Pavilion so that a walking trail can be established.