On Nov. 19, officials from the City of Atlanta, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF), Buckhead Men’s Garden Club (BMGC), and over 150 attendees were on hand to officially open the Beaumont Allen Greenhouse, a new addition to Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest municipal burial ground.
“This greenhouse represents increased growth for Oakland Cemetery, both literally and figuratively,” said David Moore, HOF executive director. “With this structure, Historic Oakland Foundation can care for and grow more plants on-site, while further interpreting and sharing the cemetery’s connection to Atlanta’s past.”
The dedication ceremony included remarks from City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong; Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong; BMGC President Richard Dunville; Sally Allen, Beaumont Allen’s widow; and Moore.
Named in honor of the late Beaumont “Beau” Allen – son of former Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and a longtime leader at HOF – the greenhouse’s arrival was a result of a multi-player partnership between both public and private entities.
With Atlanta Cyclorama’s relocation to Atlanta History Center (AHC) in late 2014, BMGC was required to remove its greenhouse, which stood at the same location as Cyclorama’s new home at AHC. BMGC offered its greenhouse to HOF, and it was a perfect fit at the ruins of Oakland’s 1899 greenhouse, which was demolished in the 1970s.
“The Beaumont Allen Greenhouse represents an exciting addition to Oakland Cemetery, and will certainly serve Atlantans well for years to come,” said Phuong. “The greenhouse’s relocation and reconstruction is a great example of the power of partnership between the City of Atlanta and nonprofit organizations.”
The greenhouse opening follows HOF’s successful showing at Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 12, in which the organization reached its goal of raising $5,000 in support of the Beaumont Allen Greenhouse. Every dollar raised on Georgia Gives Day helps HOF’s gardens team properly interpret the greenhouse’s history as it relates to the cemetery and propagate a more diverse palette of Victorian-era plants.
Click below to watch the dedication ceremony, or for a full photo album of the greenhouse ribbon-cutting, please click here.