Botanical Walking Tour of Savannah

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Walk with us through Savannah's beautiful squares and green spaces as you learn to identify many of our iconic plants and appreciate many of our ironwork gates and fences that frame our gardens. Learn about traditional uses of our plantlife, their unique qualities, the natural or symbolic imagery in our wrought and cast iron, and see Savannah's natural beauty up close.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Columbia Square

Your guide will introduce you to the cast iron ornamentation in Savannah, starting with the oldest fountain downtown, making our way through the works of the largest historic Georgia foundry, and to the modern cast iron of Ivan Bailey. They will also discuss the plant life in and around the square, including Viburnum, Reed Canary Grass, Rhododendron, and Creeping Fig.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Park Cemetery

On your way through Colonial Park cemetery, your guide will discuss Live Oaks and Crepe Myrtles, the three most common epiphytes in Savannah (Spanish Moss, Resurrection Fern, and Mistletoe). You'll see a Ginko tree, possibly the oldest Crepe Myrtle downtown, and one of our largest Azalea bushes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Troupe Square

Your guide will discuss the Redbud trees, the Firethorn, the Weeping Fig, and the Cheesewood nearby, as well as the function and symbology of the ironwork armillary sphere central to the square. You will also see another modern ironwork piece by Ivan Bailey.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Depending on time, your guide may take you down a portion of Jones Street, voted by Better Homes & Gardens as the prettiest neighborhood to live in. You will also learn about common wrought iron patterns and their origins in the west African aphoristic language of Adinkra.

Stop At: Lafayette Square

On this square you will see Variegated Ginger, Green Leopard Plants, a Japanese Magnolia, and a Pecan Tree. You'll also stop by a "Free Little Library" on the way.

Duration: 5 minutes

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You'll visit the garden of the the Andrew Low House, which was lovingly grown by Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. In her garden you will see Crepe Myrtles, several varieties of Camellias (Juliette's favourite), Narcissus, and many others. (small possibility of garden being closed based on house schedule, though everything can also be seen from outside the fence as well)

Duration: 10 minutes

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On your way from Calhoun Square to Monterey Square, you will see an ironwork fence around a home that once belonged to a cemetery plot, Tiffany stained glass windows on the Wesley Monumental Methodist Church, one of Ivan Bailey's grandest cast iron gates, and a party garden with red maple.

Stop At: Monterey Square

In Monterey Square you will catch a glimpse of the Forsyth Park fountain, learn about Sago Palms, see some more stunning ironwork, and a garden featuring key limes, lemons, and oranges on one side, and olives and juniper on the other. You will also learn about the west African aphoristic language of Adinkra, as shown in common wrought iron patterns.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Madison Square

In Madison Square you will see another front yard garden (rare in Savannah), with a basket-weave boxwood pattern and rock trumpet vine. You will also get to see cast iron lamps originally powered by carbine, and more examples of Adinkra wrought iron patterns.

Duration: 10 minutes