The Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden is being developed and maintained by the Forsyth County Master Gardeners to educate the public about native plants of the South, especially those found on Sawnee Mountain.
Plants are labeled with both their Latin and common names, and a tri-fold brochure containing information on the plants is available at the garden’s entrance. The plants that can be found growing wild on the mountain are noted in the brochure and a green dot can be found on their identification sign next to the plant in the demonstration garden.
The public is encouraged to visit the garden often to see the plants go through their seasonal changes. Enhance your time on the mountain by a visit to the garden prior to walking the park’s trails where you can locate, identify and enjoy the plants in their native habitat. Look for the Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden near the picnic pavilion, just to the left of the playground.
Funding for the garden has been provided by the Forsyth County Master Gardeners, the Georgia Master Gardener Association, and the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department.
A benefit of using native plants in a landscape (if they are properly matched to the site conditions) is that they require little maintenance after they become established. However, even native plants need care and attention including adequate moisture when becoming established. The recent drought and watering restrictions have impacted the pace at which we can develop the garden. A number of plants were obtained through plant rescues. Some are just becoming established and have not reached maturity. Additional plants are planned and will be added as plants become available and the weather/season is conducive for planting.
The initial Garden was created in the fall of 2005 at a nearby location in the Preserve. In late 2006 a Recreation Management Plan completed by UGA recommended that the Garden be moved to the present location to give it more visibility and to better utilize the area. Additional benefits of the move were proximity to a water source, a larger area, and sun and shade exposures. The garden was created in its present location in the spring of 2007.
What you find on the mountain must stay on the mountain for the enjoyment of others as well as the survival of the plants in the wild. Many of these native plants are fragile. When they are small or dormant you may not see them and they can be injured or killed by even the smallest of footsteps. Please stay on the trail both in the garden and on the mountain.
Sawnee Mtn. Preserve
2500 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road
Cumming, GA 30040
M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm