There's lazy and then there's "Lowcountry lazy." The cat sitting in the porch chair seemed to epitomize this philosophy. It smiled in a Cheshire cat-manner and slowly blinked its eyes as if to say, don't bother asking me for directions -- I'm already at my destination and you are too. Our destination was the Savannah Botanical Gardens and it was a good place to spend a lazy day.
The Savannah Botanical Gardens is on Eisenhower Drive in Savannah, and was discovered by my family almost on accident. While caring for a loved one in a nearby hospice facility, we wandered onto a wooded pathway and emerged into the sunlight of the lovingly managed gardens. When you visit, you will discover that the Savannah Botanical Gardens is both a place to relax and enjoy a nice walk, as well as learn more about the mysteries of nature. Upon arrival you will be greeted by old Southern charm of the historic Reinhard House. This rare survivor of Savannah's 19th century architecture was moved to the Savannah Botanical Gardens in 1990 to escape demolition. It serves as a location for weddings and parties, and is the headquarters of Savannah area garden clubs. Behind the house, the perennial garden unfolds before you. Bees buzz, songbirds dart and the aforementioned cat relaxes on her perch.
Volunteers established the Savannah Botanical Gardens in the late 1980s as a public showcase of area garden clubs. An herb garden, perennial garden and the beautiful roses of the Ann Douglas White Memorial are dignified and well maintained. Nature shows herself as the path wanders into camellias, a fern garden and then several acres of ponds and walking trails that leave the noise of everyday life behind you. There is fun for all ages as recently a children's garden has been established. On a recent visit the rumbling storm of a Lowcountry summer shower had just passed, leaving dripping leaves and sky-colored puddles. As we walked and explored the words of Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing:"
We shall walk and talk
In gardens all misty and wet with rain
And I will never, never, never
Grow so old again.
Come and walk and talk in the Savannah Botanical Gardens. Whether misty wet with rain or not, I promise you will enjoy the experience.
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The mission of Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. shall be to coordinate the interests of the garden clubs of Savannah and neighboring communities, to assist in organizing other adult, high school, intermediate and junior clubs and to encourage interest in better gardening through the study of horticulture, landscape design, civic improvement and flower arranging.
Furthermore, to sponsor a garden center to serve as an information center and headquarters for member clubs and to follow the precedents set forth by The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and National Council of State Garden Clubs.
The SACGC, Inc. Botanical Garden is owned and operated by Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. The site was conceived and designed in the late 1980's as an all volunteer effort and is located just minutes from Savannah's Historic District.