History of the Marietta Educational Garden Center
The house, now the Marietta Educational Garden Center, was built by the Newton family between 1850-1852, on a Cherokee Indian Trail today called Kennesaw Avenue.
The Garden Center is at the base of Kennesaw Mountain, the top of which the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain raged for the month of June, 1864. The southern leader was General Joseph E. Johnston, reported to have headquartered in the house
for a short time.
Mrs. Meyers, who owned the house after the Newton family, named the house “Fair Oaks” because of the two large oak trees flanking the front entrance. The next two owners of the house were Dr. Squires, followed by the Fowlers. The last owners of the home were Clara and Howard Benson, from 1919-1962.
On November 4, 1966, the home and 3.5 acres were deeded to the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. by the Bensons to be used as a Garden Center.
The home went through restoration maintaining the basic structure, completed in 1969, and opened for garden club and community activities. The center has been expanded to meet the demand for civic, educational, and cultural events.
Every effort has been made to preserve the original architectural style of the house.
The Marietta Educational Garden Center is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places and has received many local, state, and national awards. Link to the MEGC website
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9 GARDEN CLUB AFFILIATION
You Belong to the: Marietta Daisies Garden Club
The Marietta Daisies were chartered in 2015 and belong to the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc., which was organized in 1949 and is included in the Laurel District.
The Laurel District is one of seven districts serving the Garden Club of Georgia. Each district has a District Director. Yearly district meetings are held in October under the leadership of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. which was federated on June 8, 1928.
The Garden Club of Georgia is made up of seven regional districts and is a member of the Deep South Region
established in 1961. It includes the following: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Eight regions across the United States make up the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The regions are New England, Central Atlantic, South Atlantic, Deep South, Central, South Central, Rocky Mountain,
National Garden Clubs, Inc. was founded in May, 1929.
10 National Garden Clubs, Inc.
“Go Green – Plant America”
President: Brenda Moore
4401 Magnolia Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-776-7574 gardenclub.org
Deep SouthGarden Clubs, Inc.
“Decorate the Deep South with Floral Accents”
Director: Debby Cooper
Phone: 662-299-8573 deepsouthgardenclubs.com
Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. “Plant America: Promoting Beautification, Conservation and Education” President: Lisa Hall
2450 Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30602-5817
Laurel District “Plant America: Grow Members, Club and Gardens”
Director: Cheryl Brisco
11 Marietta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc
President: Deanna Slone Executive
Director: Kate Millholland email@example.com
505 Kennesaw Ave. Marietta, GA 30064
Marietta Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month and are open to the public.
Social time begins at 9:30 and the meeting begins at 10 AM.
LAUREL DISTRICT FALL ANNUAL MEETING October 24, 2023 9:30-1:30 Ballground, GA
DEEP SOUTH REGION CONVENTION March 19-20, 2024 Gatlinburg, TN
GARDEN CLUB OF GEORGIA, INC. April 16-17, 2024 Macon,
GA NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC. May 2-5, 2024 Denver, CO
We give special thanks to our past Daisie Presidents to date:
2015-2016 Cathy Prillaman-Brooks & Beth Ann Reichman
2016-2017 Cathy Prillaman-Brooks
2017-2018 Deanna Slone
2018-2019 Meg Calhoun
2019-2020 Kathryn Coffee
2020-2021 Carol Fey
2021-2022 Lyric Garten
2022-2023 Melissa Snyder