2. Southern Heirloom Garden & Walden Farmhouse
The Southern Heirloom Garden is located in front of the old Walden Farmhouse which was the original DABG Office. An heirloom garden is not planted to be showy and spectacular, but rather a collection of bygone plants that have been over-looked or forgotten with the arrival of hybridization. Early Spring heralds the most intense color with Poppies, Larkspur, old roses, and Confederate Jasmine, followed in Summer with Petunias, Zinnias and Black-Eyed Susans. Most of the specimens in this garden were collected throughout the Southeast from family gardens, old homes, and even along roadsides!
The historic 1895 A. D. Walden Farmhouse was purchased in 1999 for use as an onsite office. After the Botanical Center was completed the farmhouse was used for maintenance and storage.
The Walden Farmhouse was refurbished in 2017 for use as the perfect venue for small wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, small meetings, and area garden clubs. It is surrounded by the Southern Heirloom Garden.