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The Bradley Olmsted Garden

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, Georgia
County: Muscogee
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The Bradley Olmsted Garden

"The Columbus Museum's Bradley Olmsted Garden was designed for homeowner W.C. Bradley by the Olmsted Brothers firm of Massachusetts. Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed American landscape architect, founded the firm. Of the thirteen residential projects the Olmsted firm worked on in Georgia, including others in Columbus, the Bradley garden is widely recognized as the most substantial and significant. Its shaded ravine, formal and informal pools, cascading waterfall, pecan grove, and Japanese yew and crape myrtle walkways typified the more naturalistic gardens that became popular after the close of the Victorian era. Azaleas, camellias, dogwood, iris, roses, and forget-me-nots were among the many blooms planted between 1925 and 1928. Bradley had a great interest in the garden and corresponded frequently with William B. Marquis, the Olmsted firm's lead Columbus designer. At Bradley's request, the firm transformed an 1880s trolley station located on the property into a pool house. It is the only remaining structure from that line. The Bradley Olmsted Garden is part of the Wynn's Hill-Overlook Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission
and the Columbus Museum, 2013


Marker Dedication Date: June 7, 2013