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Clarke County Historical Markers

America’s First Garden Club


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: America’s First Garden Club
  • Location: Front Lawn of Young Harris Methodist Church, 973 Prince Ave., Athens

AMERICA’S FIRST GARDEN CLUB

I891 at this site, the Ladies Garden Club

was founded by twelve Athens ladies in the

home of Mrs. E.K. Lumpkin. Mrs. Lamar Cobb

was the first president. Beginning as a small

neighborhood group, the club extended mem-

bership to all Athens ladies interested in

gardening in 1892.

In the spring of 1892 the group presented

its first flower and vegetable exhibition.

By 1894 a set of standards, similar to those

of today, had been drawn up to make the

shows as professional as possible.

In 1936 the National Council of State Garden

Clubs recognized the Ladies Garden Club

as America’s first garden club.

029 - 9 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1968