On Tuesday, May 20th the Historical Society will have their monthly meeting at Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, to celebrate its Silver Anniversary. It was 25 years ago that Mrs. Eulalie Wagner donated the 10 acre estate to the non-profit organization, the Friends of Lakewold. Over the last 11 years, under the leadership of Executive Director, Stephanie Walsh, the historic site has become known as one of the top 10 gardens in the United States.
At 6 pm guests may tour the new Don and Mary Williams Asian-inspired Garden Room and walk the driveway admiring some of the 900 varieties of rhodies in full bloom. At 7 pm in the estate home will host a program with the participation of descendants from all three former property owners. Stephanie Walsh will share the future plans for Lakewold that will continue to enhance this historic property.
Originally called “Inglewood” by H. F. and Ruth Alexander who assumed ownership in 1918, Everett and Grace Griggs changed it to “Lakewold” after they purchased it in 1925 and it was sold in 1938 to Corydon and Eulalie Wagner. Remarkably the property remained intact and is the only estate in Lakewood that has not been subdivided.
The tour and program are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Visit Lakewold Gardens’ website for more information, www.lakewoldgardens.org.