Congratulations to our Member of the Quarter – The Ball Ground Garden Club!
Ball Ground (Anetsa-Ga-Da) Garden Club (Anetsa-Ga-Da means “Ball Ground” in the Cherokee Language)
Organized in May 1951
Their objective: The advancement of gardening, the development of home grounds and the furthering of city beautification; the stimulation of interest in cooperative gardening, the aiding in the protection of forests, wildflowers, birds, etc.
Motto: Do the best you can with what you have.
Donations: The Club donates annually to National Disaster, Garden Therapy for the mentally ill, Road Side Beautification, Historic Preservation and State Botanical Gardens.
Projects: The largest and major project the Club has ever undertaken is the development and maintenance of the Ball Ground Botanical Garden. In five years the Club has created the Ball Ground Botanical Garden. As an Eagle Scout Project Hayden Holcomb built the pavilion, and his brother Bryan Holcomb cut the pathway and circle for bricks. In 2015 the Club had a ribbon cutting, in 2016 a dedication of the garden, in 2017 the unveiling of the Cherokee marble kiosk, in 2018 a first Ball Ground Garden Tour and plant sale, in 2019 a plant sale and in 2020 a plant sale raising over $3,400.00. The Garden is on ¾ of an acre, consisting of entrance flower beds, daylily path, shade gardens, bog garden, herb garden, brick plaza of honorary, memorial and celebration bricks, a Japanese Garden, a native flower bed (soon to add Cherokee medicinal plants), a rock garden, an heirloom garden and a butterfly garden in the shape of a 25’ swallowtail butterfly and designated as a Roslyn Carter Butterfly Trail! Sponsors of the garden can donate $1,000.00, $500.00, or $250.00, tax exempt, for a name on the Cherokee marble kiosk (etching cost $85.00). The honorary, memorial and celebration bricks can be purchased and placed in the garden for $25.00. All funds are used for the enhancement (maintenance and beautification) of the garden.