The Marietta Educational Garden Center, Inc. is a 501{c}3 non-profit organization headquartered in the historic, antebellum home, Fair Oaks c. 1852, located on Kennesaw Avenue in Marietta. Fair Oaks is home to the member clubs comprising the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs. Promoting the study of horticulture and the love of gardening throughout our community is our mission. Our member clubs have encouraged civic beautification, conservation, and pollution control for over forty years and are actively involved in the protection of native trees, wildflowers and birds, and the preservation of our beloved Fair Oaks.

The Garden Center remains one of the largest privately owned and maintained green spaces in Cobb County and is a rarity in the arena of non-profits devoted to protecting our environment and promoting a healthy lifestyle which includes gardening.

Some of the things our 19 Garden Clubs (655 members) did in the past year….

Anne Hathaway Garden Club

  • Plants and maintains 4 outdoor planters in front of the Marietta Welcome Center. Participates in School Grounds Improvement at Park Street Elementary School.
  • Help Keep Marietta Beautiful by picking up trash along Kennesaw Avenue
  • Financially supports Marietta Tree Keepers.
  • Hosted a yearly plant sale at the Marietta Educational Garden Center during Garden Week in Georgia.

Bridal Wreath Garden Club

  • Guided tour of Smith-Gilbert Gardens .
  • Hosted Corkscrews and Canvases painting party.
  • Host end of year party for members and husbands .

Cherokee Rose Garden Club

  • Volunteer to work in the Butterfly Garden at Presbyterian Village
  • Planting & maintaining planters at entrance of Marietta Museum of History.

Colonial Wreath Garden Club

  • Members volunteer in School Grounds Improvement at Dunleith Elementary School

English Laurel Garden Club

  • Worked with the Environmental Science Club at a Cobb Co. high school, donating plants and teaching students how to plant them.
  • Assisted the Rotary Club and Marietta Tree Keepers in planting 1500 trees at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
  • Created and planted 2 cedars and 500 daffodils in the Dodd Memorial Garden at Marietta High School.
  • Head up the culinary arts edible garden at Marietta High School along with teaching how to compost on site. Teach the “farm to table” process to students.

Flower Garden Club

(Marietta’s oldest surviving club, est. 1928)

  • Members continue to plant and maintain 10 planters at the Marietta Education Garden Center.
  • Raised money to rebuild a retaining wall at the Marietta Education Garden Center.

Four Seasons Garden Club

  • In conjunction with the Parks & Recreation Department of Marietta is developed an entrance garden to Hickory Hills Park which is under renovation. The club is responsible for this 500 sq. ft. plot.
  • Financially supports the YWCA of Marietta for improvements to its facilities used by abused women.

Liberty Oak Garden Club

  • Continuing project helping to maintain the outdoor landscaping around the Root House, an historic home in Marietta listed with the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society.

Marietta Daisies Garden Club

  • Maintain the Birney Rose Garden Memorial at Marietta Middle School since 2017

Sope Creek Garden Club

  • Held a plant sale to support the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs Memorial Garden at the Center for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base.

Southern Magnolia Garden Club

  • Sponsors and executes “Glory in the Garden”, our Spring concert on the lawn of the Garden Center. This is our largest fundraiser for the Center and raises
    Community Awareness of Garden Clubs in Marietta.

All clubs in the Council participate in:

  • Sponsor two yearly Flower Shows at the North Georgia State Fair.
  • Decorate the MEGC each year for Christmas.
  • Serving as docents in Marietta Holiday Home tours or in community Christmas decorating projects.
  • Offer Basic Horticulture Classes presented by the Council.
  • Support state legislation through the Garden Club of Georgia by visiting or corresponding with our local representatives at the State Capital.
  • Garden Therapy projects for patients in our State Hospitals.
  • The Community Wildlife Project’s Backyard Habitat certification, co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia and the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Encourage and attract wildlife by putting up bird feeders and bird baths.
  • Support the Garden Club of Georgia’s projects of Historic Preservation, Roadside Beautification, State Botanical Gardens, Cherokee Garden Library,
    Founders Memorial Garden, Land Trust/Marshall Forest and LeConte-Woodmanston.