Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles records
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Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles records
Dates: 1994-1997
Extent: 2.1 cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 roll)
Identification: MS 1967

Biographical/Historical Note

The Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles is located in front of the Garrison Elementary School on West Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia. It first opened in October 1997 and was designed to provide a venue through which children from all over the world could participate in a memorable hands-on learning experience to commemorate the 1996 Olympics. In the summer of 1996, artist Polly Cooper conducted tile workshops for local and international students. Within this workshop, children used Georgia red clay to create a 6"x6" tile decorated with a garden theme including birds, butterflies, and frogs. Also featured in the garden is a bronze relief sculpture by Haywood Nicols of a lion and a lamb beneath the Tree of Knowledge, conveying the theme of the garden, "Peace and Friendship." The garden also contains plantings which were found in the original Trustees' Garden, an early agricultural experiment station designated by General James Edward Oglethorpe when he founded the Georgia colony in 1733. As a result, the Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles will coordinate and enhance the study of horticulture, history, art, and science among school aged children.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains administrative files, clippings, architectural drawings, and photographs of the Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles in Savannah, Georgia from the time this idea was conceptualized in 1994 until its completion in 1997.


This collection is arranged into 2 boxes, 1 roll:

Box 1: Minutes, clippings, photographs, architectural drawings, correspondence, budgets, 1994-1997

Box 2: Binders with photographs and negatives of the construction of the garden, records, 1994-1997

Roll 1: Architectural drawings, 1994-1997

Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Botanical gardens--Georgia--Savannah.
Children's Botanical Garden of Tiles (Savannah, Ga.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Garrison Elementary School (Savannah, Ga.)
Minutes (administrative records)
Negatives (photographic)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.