$25k Imlay grant for streambed restoration project

In October 2017, Woodlands Garden was awarded a $25,000 grant from The Imlay Foundation towards its streambed restoration project. The Imlay Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 1990 by John P. Imlay Jr., the late Atlanta-based entrepreneur and philanthropist, to support charitable and cultural organizations within Atlanta and Scotland.

Morse Creek running through Woodlands Garden

Woodlands sought funds to stabilize the banks of Morse Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River that runs through the Garden. In March this year, the Garden hired Ecological Solutions Inc., a natural resources consulting firm, to assess the site and create a plan to repair the damage to the creek and surrounding area. Their report showed that erosion and poor storm water management upstream have compromised the creek’s water and banks over time.

The Imlay Foundation’s grant will be used to purchase stream restoration materials, including root wads, boulders, and plants, among other materials. Mary Ellen Imlay, Board Chairman of The Imlay Foundation, said, “The Imlay Foundation is pleased to continue its support for Woodlands Garden with a grant for the Morse Creek streambed restoration project. As a native of Decatur and a friend of the Morse family, I am delighted that Woodlands Garden is working hard to preserve this beautiful natural oasis in the middle of a rapidly developing area of Metro Atlanta.”

Woodlands will be engaging the community to help complete the restoration work so sign up today to join the volunteer effort. The Morse Creek restoration project continues Woodlands’ ongoing work to preserve its Piedmont forest and engage the broader Atlanta community in the natural world.

Follow in the footsteps of the Imlay Foundation by donating to Woodlands to support garden projects and programs in this community greenspace by visiting http://www.woodlandsgarden.org/donations/.

Decatur Focus published a version of this article in their December 2017 issue (pg 16). You can read it here: http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=11007 

GA Gives Day-Thank you!

Thank you to our GA Gives Day supporters:    

Thank you for your help on Georgia Gives Day 2017! With your support we were able to reach and surpass our $5,000 goal. Not only did we succeed to raise over $7,000, but with a new challenge this year we gained 60 NEW donors and for every new donor who gave in any amount to Woodlands during GA Gives Day we had anonymous supporters who donated $50 to the Garden…This comes to an additional $3,000 to support this public greenspace. Thank you for all of your help spreading the word!

Save the date for next year’s GA Gives Day and hopefully a new challenge on Tuesday, December 27, 2018!

On November 28, 2017 people all over the state will make easy, secure online donations to their favorite charities for Georgia Gives Day. Woodlands is excited to be a part of a 24-hour marathon of generosity, and would love to have your support in meeting our goal this year. All donations go towards the maintenance and upkeep of this public garden. Every little bit helps us, so make your contribution today! 

** New Challenge for 2017: For every new donor who gives in any amount to Woodlands during GA Gives Day we have anonymous supporters who will donate $50 to the Garden. Please help us spread the word to reach new donors!


Fall Plant Sale – Thank you!

Special thanks to these local nurseries, organizations, and businesses for your support to make the Fall Plant Sale a great success!

  • Ace Hardware Tucker
  • Arborguard
  • Ashe-Simpson Garden Center
  • Atlanta History Center Goizueta Gardens
  • Baker Environmental Nursery
  • Brushwood Nursery
  • Buck Jones Nursery
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Dorough Nursery
  • Family Tree
  • Frank Smith’s Nursery
  • Georgia Wholesale Nursery
  • Garden*Hood
  • Georgia Perimeter College Garden
  • Goodness Grows
  • Halls Flower Shop
  • Intown Ace Hardware – Decatur
  • John Dunn
  • Ladyslipper Rare Plant Nursery
  • Native Forest Nursery
  • Night Song Native Plant Nursery
  • Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens
  • Pike’s Nursery Regional Office
  • Randy’s Nursery
  • ReVisioned Furniture
  • Southern Native Plantings
  • The Kinsey Family Farm
  • Transplant Nursery
  • Wilkerson Mill Gardens
  • Woody’s Wholesale Nursery



The Woodlands Garden Plant Sale is made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers.  Let us know if you’d like to help organize future Plant Sales or participate with any Garden efforts.  Complete this online Volunteer Application to provide your interests and get more involved at Woodlands. The Garden is a special place due to the many hands that make it grow; come join the fun!



Fairies in the Garden 2017

Throughout the month of October come find all 7 fairy homes on the 2017 Fairy Map found here.

The fairies are coming to Woodlands Garden!

Woodlands is pleased to partner with Skyland Trail for the seventh annual ‘Fairies in the Garden’ celebration. Skyland Trail artists will tuck intricate tiny houses here and there in the woods, just for you to find. This year’s Fairy Celebration will include story time provided by The Little Shop of Stories, art workshops, temporary tattoos, music, and the ever-popular ‘Grand Summoning of the Fairies’ followed by the trail parade.

A beach fairy hut

Discover tiny fairy dwellings built from bark, twigs, branches, seed heads, leaves and other natural materials, tucked in sheltered nooks along the garden’s paths. Colonies will include root fairies, stump fairies, fortress fairies, moss fairies … and of course trolls under the bridge. We’ll give you hints to help you find them!

Can you find where the fairies live?
Can you find where the fairies live?

Date: October 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Venue: 932 Scott Boulevard, Decatur, GA 30030

Cost: Free, we just ask that you PLEASE park off-site
Costume: Yes, please!

Driving & Parking Directions

Off-site parking required for this event. Parking map of below locations available here.

Parking Option 1: BB&T Bank at 1221 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Directions to BB&T

Parking Option 2: Westchester Elementary at 758 Scott Blvd, Decatur, GA 30030
Directions to Westchester Elementary

Parking for guests with special needs is available on site.


Special thanks to our friends at Skyland Trail for all the help they put in to making this event a success!  Woodlands Garden and Fairies thank you all.

Skyland logo

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