Mary’s Garden was established in 1991 in memory of Macon artist Mary Essie Scruggs Hulgan (1920-1991), a well known watercolorist.
Her painting, “A Basket of Love,” was selected for the National Watercolor Exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. In 1995, the Museum of Arts and Sciences hosted a retrospective show of her works, and her painting “Playmates” is featured in the Museums permanent collection.
Mary Hulgan’s children, Joy, Jan, Jil and Jef, initiated the funding for what soon became Mary’s Garden at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Central to the garden is Young Pan, a statue by local artist Marshall Dougherty, a gift from the Middle Georgia Art Association.
Frank Funderburke, former Bibb County Extension Agent and Master Gardener, designed and laid out the handicapped accessible path. After that, donations, numerous gifts of flowers, bulbs and trees, as well as countless volunteer hours, brought the garden to fruition.
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Daffodils, iris, gardenia, forsythia, azalea, hyacinth, Confederate jasmine, Japanese and Southern magnolia, Yoshino cherry trees, tulip poplar, and crepe myrtle are a few of the flowers, trees, and beautiful plants abounding in this peaceful garden. There are also hand-carved benches inspired by Mary Hulgan’s artwork in Mary’s Garden.
Mary’s Garden is free and open daily for self-guided walks during daylight hours.
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