Slideshow: Golf and Gardens glory

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Behind its serpentine brick wall, gardens bloomed and golfers were in their glory.
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School children walk by as the flowers show off their colors.
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Bird statues loom from the foliage.
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Historic Springfield Baptist Church across Reynolds Street can be seen from within the gardens.
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The familiar pose in a statue of 4-time Masters champion Arnold Palmer guards the gate.
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A family enjoys a trip to the gardens.
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The museum's well-known statue of Bobby Jones could be seen from Reynolds Street.
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Insects enjoyed the gardens, too.
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The grass is green, the sky is blue and Jack Nicklaus is exultant in the famous statue pose from his 1986 Masters victory.
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Former Chronicle staffer Steven Uhles experiences the Hall of Fame's putting course.
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Children interact with a costumed insect during a spring event at the Gardens.
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A fan gets ready to play.
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The statue of Bobby Jones -- since moved to the Augusta Museum of History -- forever follows his graceful drive.

Description

The Georgia Gardens and Golf Hall of Fame was once an Augusta jewel -- an oasis that treasured the city's two great claims to fame -- beautiful plants and world-famous sportsmen.  Today it's an overgrown ruin with an uncertain future. But take a moment to look back and remember.

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