Party with a purpose

Cleanup at Oak Hill Hillside GardenOak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum is partnering with the Mount Berry Garden Club to host a special “Garden Party” luncheon Feb. 9 supporting the historic restoration of the Hillside Garden.

The garden, planted between 1927 and 1933 at the direction of Martha Berry, has become overgrown in recent years, obscuring the view of the surrounding area as well as the true topography of the plateau on which the house is built. Restoration efforts (pictured) began in the fall with help from a $3,000 matching grant presented by the Garden Club of Georgia. Project components include the removal of mahonia, privet, wisteria and other tree-choking vines from the hillside and the reintroduction of dogwoods and azaleas – a nod to the original, low-maintenance design.

The Feb. 9 luncheon is scheduled for noon to 3. It will include refreshments, music from the 1920s and tours of Oak Hill’s garden restoration progress. The cost is $25, and additional donations are encouraged. The goal is to fund the complete removal of overgrowth behind the house and restore the view that existed during Miss Berry’s lifetime.

Email Oak Hill Director Tim Brown with questions or to make reservations.

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