Olguita’s Garden

Olguita’s Garden

A Memorial to Beauty and Reflection

Honoring the life of Goizueta Gardens namesake Olga “Olguita” C. de Goizueta, this ornamental garden is designed for the enjoyment of flowering and fragrant plants—a place of beauty for quiet reflection amid the hectic pace of city life.

The garden’s design and planting scheme reflect European influences on the Southeastern landscape and includes the entire garden façade of the Museum Building. Inspiration is from the great gardens of Europe, honoring Mrs. Goizueta’s love of English and French gardens. The small formal garden provides seating with a view to a water feature surrounded by limestone columns designed by Atlanta architect Neel Reid.

A primary goal of the garden is to include flowers and interest throughout the year. This kind of garden requires a complex mix of all types of plants and is called a “mixed border.” The double border in Olguita’s Garden is a version created for the Southeast, showcasing hundreds of the best ornamental shrubs, perennials, and seasonal plantings against a fragrant and evergreen tea olive hedge. Beyond the columns, there is a small lawn. Within this quiet space, there is a set of antique French outdoor furniture pieces where a visitor can sit quietly in a world apart.

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