Monday, December 9, 2013

Barnsley Gardens


Barnsley Gardens, located in Adairsville, Georgia, are 160 year-old gardens that feature over 200 varieties of heirloom roses.  It's a romantic getaway that's a setting for many weddings.

The original estate was a manor called Woodlands.  Construction began in 1840 by Godfrey Barnsley as a gift for his wife, Julie.  Unfortunately, Julie never lived to see its completion. She died in 1845 of a lung ailment.  After her death, construction ceased.  It is said that Julie's spirit appeared to Godfrey the following year, urging him to finish the estate for their children and future generations.

In 1991, Barnsley Gardens was opened to the public as an historical garden and museum.  Today it's a resort destination with luxurious cottages, a golf course, spa, hunting, fishing, hiking, and numerous other activities.



Admission to see the gardens is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

16 comments:

  1. I love rose gardens in estates like this where they have weddings, so romantic!

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    1. I hope somehow she was able to see it from "the other side."

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  3. It's indeed a pity that his wife didn't live long enough to to the end result of such a splendid garden. Such a magical place for a wedding. I can imagine you have been there or will go there.

    Take care, Sherry.

    Gary

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    1. I'm glad he at least finished the garden!

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  4. I'll have to look for Adairsville on a map and see how far away it is.

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  5. Lots of pruning needed in this garden, but love the sense of order these types of gardens lend. Neat background story about wife Julie!

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    1. Classical gardens to require a lot of upkeep, but they sure are pretty!

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  6. Sounds like a nice place to visit. So sad that Mr Barnsley's wife never got to see it completed.

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  7. How pretty and nice that it's a resort area too. Enjoy the gardens multiple times and do other activities too. Quite lovely

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    1. It's a place with a lot of diverse things to do.

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