County to sell courthouse plants

Thu, 08/21/2008 - 3:21pm
By: Ben Nelms

The rehabilitation of Coweta County’s historic courthouse includes more than the building itself. Nandinas and oakleaf hydrangeas adorning the courthouse grounds will be removed in coming weeks and will be available for sale later this year through Coweta County Extension Service’s Master Gardeners program.

The removal of the plants will make way for landscaping that will more closely match that of the original early 1900 look of the courthouse grounds, said Coweta County Public Information Officer Patricia Palmer. That look will feature a lawn and trees as part of the adaptive re-use landscape plan surrounding the historic courthouse.

“Because many people fondly associate the current plants with the courthouse, and even though they are not ‘historical,’ a plan has been developed with the help of the Coweta County Extension Service to allow this ‘piece of the courthouse’ to continue as a part of our community, just in other areas,” Palmer said.

The plants will be removed in late September and early October. The extension office, through its Master Gardeners program, will offer some of the plants to Coweta County School System, others will be used around county buildings with the remainder to be sold through various fundraisers. Some of those events include the Oct. 25 Fall Garden Tour, the Market Day event in November and at the annual spring plant sale.

Palmer said proceeds from the events will benefit the extension service and the Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardeners are a volunteer organization operating as an arm of the Extension service. They currently volunteer their expertise and time in designing and maintaining several county landscapes, including the justice center courtyard. 

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