On Saturday, Oak Grove Plantation and Gardens will host its semiannual open garden fundraiser to benefit the Arnall Cemetery on the grounds.
“There are 23 graves in the cemetery, three of which are Confederate soldiers,” Elizabeth Tedder, owner and gardener of the property, said by written statement.
The private gardens have been opened up to the public in the spring and the fall for 20 years to raise money for the upkeep of the cemetery and out buildings, Tedder said. Currently the gardens are raising money to repair broken tombstones, she wrote. In the past the money has gone toward replacing an old iron fence around the cemetery.
“The original gate was still here; the fence was donated to the war effort, I’m assuming the Second World War, but not sure,” Tedder wrote. “A company in Moultrie, Georgia, ‘Old South,’ agreed to take the gate and replicate a fence to match it.”
Oak Grove Plantation was built in the 1800s. Tedder started creating the gardens in 1983. The 20 garden areas spread across five acres will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“You are welcome to bring a lunch and eat around the Koi pond and enjoy the gardens from there,” she wrote. “There will be plants for sale, and lots of free information regarding gardening.”
Entry is $15 per person, children 12 and under are free.