The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs has earned the Deep South Region award from the National Council of State Garden Clubs for its work on the Historical Heritage perennial garden at Riverwalk Augusta.
The award was based on a book of evidence the council kept from January to December 2000. The award was presented to the council at the Georgia State Convention of Garden Clubs in Savannah in April. The garden is a partnership of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and the City of Augusta Trees and Landscape Department.
The garden is under the train trestle at Riverwalk Augusta. It was the idea of Bonnie McClain, chairman of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and Riverwalk Project chairwoman.
The garden was developed for the community to enjoy and learn about indigenous plants as they grow and change through the seasons.
A walkway divides the garden shady and sunny areas. The sunny garden, closer to the Savannah River, is bordered with holly bushes donated by the city to protect the garden from the elements.
Barry Smith, director of the city's trees and landscape department, helped choose the site before donating it to the garden council. The city also donated a bronze plaque and installed a sprinkler system to help keep the garden healthy.