Work crews hired by Georgia Regents University began clearing the overgrowth visible to Reynolds Street and Masters Week visitors.
“Part of our duty is to make we sure we are making the best impression we can for our out-of-town guests,” said Scott Davis, the landscaping and grounds manager for Georgia Regents.
Last March, the state transferred the 16-acre property to the Georgia Board of Regents for use by the university. Officials received permission Thursday to enter the site for cleanup, which the city previously handled annually before Masters.
Davis said the most pressing needs were to remove dead plant material, expose and edge pathways, and clean up the fence line. If needed, landscape crews will continue working next week.
The university intends to clean up the rest of the gardens and secure it in coming weeks, Davis said.