United States of America, Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (Savannah, Georgia)
This 13,000 square-foot garden is the largest enclosed garden in Savannah. It is located adjacent to the William Scarbrough House, a classical Regency mansion built in 1819 that houses the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. When the property was acquired in 1972 by the Historic Savannah Foundation the garden was a mass of rubble and tangled vegetation bordered by crumbling brick walls. With major fund-raising by the Trustees' Garden Club, restoration work was begun by grading, hauling in topsoil, installing sprinkler and drainage systems, and repairing and reinforcing the brick walls. Garden club members organized into teams then competed to prepare the best design to complement the period and style of the mansion. The plan chosen featured a large flagstone terrace; a memorial pavilion; side beds with live oaks, magnolias, and smaller shrubs and urns; and benches and walks. By 1997 the foundation had moved its headquarters and the Scarbrough House became the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Closure by the city of a side street enabled extension of the garden by an additional 35 feet. Subsequent alterations to the 1984-85 Trustees' Garden Club plan have included replacing lawn with a brick terrace, modifying the memorial pavilion, increasing the size of the terrace, and planting pre-1860 era antique roses.
Persons associated with the garden include: William Jay (architect, ca. 1819); William Scarbrough (former owner, ca. 1819); and John McEllen (landscape designer, 1996 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet and copies of the 1984-85 garden plan and the current garden plan, elevations of the memorial pavilion, and plant lists.
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: firstname.lastname@example.org