Performance Event: September 21, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Woodlands Garden is an incredible story of a family’s individual love of preservation persevered through our age of materialism and corporate development.
Eric Fontaine – Composer; Stewart Engart – Composer; Stephen Wing – Poet; Edie Morton – Visual Artist
Artist-Wilderness Connection Field Seminar Schedule:
1. Tuesday June 3, 9 am – 1 pm – “Plants”
2. Tuesday June 10, 9 am – 1 pm – “People”
3. Tuesday June 17, 9 am – 1 pm – “Trees”
History of Woodlands:
Woodlands began as the home place of the Morse family in 1946. Chester and Gene Morse settled on a wooded plot of land near where Clairemont Avenue crossed a dirt track called Scott Boulevard. Gradually, the Morses added land to bring their property to 7.1 acres and named it “Woodlands.” Much was left natural, while around their home the family created a charming cultivated garden.
Over time Decatur grew to become the most densely developed city in Georgia, while the Morse family increased to include four children and 13 grandchildren. Developers made large offers to buy the land, which could be carved into nearly 50 home sites under city zoning laws-but the Morses had a different vision.
In 2002, the family gave Woodlands to the Decatur Preservation Alliance (DPA) to become a permanently protected green space for future generations to enjoy. DPA shepherded Woodlands until 2011, when the Garden was ready to stand on its own.