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Roswell Announces Grand Opening of Gardens at Mimosa Hall

Post Date:04/01/2019 2:00 PM

The City of Roswell and the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens are delighted to announce the opening of the grounds at Mimosa Hall, 127 Bulloch Ave., in Roswell, GA, on Monday, April 22.

The opening will feature a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:30am. This event is part of the 5th Annual Roswell Azalea Festival, a month-long city-wide celebration of spring blooms.

The 9-acre property surrounds Mimosa Hall, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1841 for John Dunwody, one of the founders of Roswell. In 1918, renowned Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid (1885-1926) bought the home and made substantial changes to the landscape. He transformed 5 of the acres into formal gardens. Of the 15 garden rooms Reid created on the property, 13 survive today.

The City of Roswell purchased Mimosa Hall & Gardens in 2017. The Department of Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs, which oversees the property, has been working to renovate the gardens and prepare for this public opening. The City of Roswell earmarked $150,000 from the 2019 budget for work on the grounds. This project has involved pruning boxwood, removing hazardous trees, levelling uneven spaces on the lawn, and installing hand rails on stone steps around the property. “Our team has done an amazing job on this property,” explains Katie Troline, Community and Facility Services Manager with the City of Roswell. “With the boxwood pruned, the grounds are looking gorgeous, and for the first time in years, people can get a clear view of the house from Bulloch Ave!”

The City is supported by the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that formed in 2017 to help with the interpretation, restoration, and maintenance of the property. Last year, the Friends group received a grant from the Garden Club of Georgia to restore Reid’s Reflecting Pool Garden. That garden room features a narrow, inlaid pool banked by flower beds, a brick walk, and a boxwood and privet wall. Caldwell Tree Services was hired to fertilize and hand-prune the overgrown boxwood and privet, revitalizing the bushes and allowing more sunlight to shine onto the garden. “We were delighted to receive this generous grant,” comments Dr. Sara Harwood, Communications Director for Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens. “We’re restoring a beautiful space that lends itself to quiet reflection and appreciation of nature.”

The Friends group will also be installing a solar roof on Mimosa Hall. The roof was designed by Simone du Boise, the architect behind Weatherford Place. It features thin-film photovoltaic panels that are laminated to the standing seam metal roof, making the entire roof lightweight and the solar panels, which are about the thickness of a credit card, virtually invisible. The new roof will provide 100% of Mimosa Hall’s energy needs, saving the City of Roswell about $5000 annually in energy bills and removing 61 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere every year.

Future projects include the restoration of Mimosa Hall. For more information regarding Mimosa Hall, please contact Katie Troline at ktroline@roswellgov.com

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