Nurserymen of Atlanta

Here’s a sampling of city directory listings. The only ones I knew for sure were Hastings and Monroe (the road was named after the nursery)


(obligatory joke about finding bush on Cheshire Bridge Road)

  • Abbey View Greenhouse 2055 Gordon Rd SW (rear). John T Petran
  • Raymond Z Adams 2410 Stewart Ave SW (also his home with Nancy)
  • Boxwood Acres Nurseries 520 Parkway Dr NE. Thelma Swann (wid Marvin)
  • Cascade Spring Greenhouses 2802 Cascade Rd SW. John H Zaring Jr (owned spring water company too, the spring house is still there)
  • Curray (George P) Nursery & Landscape Co 499 McAllister SW (2365 Sewell Rd SW home)
  • Golden State Nurseries 3616 Roswell Rd NE. Jay O and Mrs Ellen B Herring
  • HG Hastings Co
    • 434 Marietta NW, Telephone WAlnut 9464 (store and main office)
    • 64 Pryor NE, Telephone WAlnut 9464
    • 2350 Burford Hwy NE, Telephone EXchange 0377
  • Henry Grady Homes Nursery 100 Bell SE. Mrs Theresa W Bragg, teacher-in-charge
  • Monroe’s Landscape & Nursery Co 1898 Monroe Dr NE. William L Monroe (pres & treas), Jr (v-pres), Evelyn M Ellis (secretary)
  • William Moore & Co (sales office) 2140 Peachtree Rd NW
  • Geo C Newberry & Sons Nursery 2040 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE (home with Wm S)
  • Parker Nurseries 2173-75 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE. Grady W Parker (home in Chamblee)
  • Shannon Green House 1611 W Paces Ferry Rd NW. Wm W Shannon (also home)
  • Southern Bulb Co 225 Moore SE. Louise C Goldfinch (pres)
  • Symmes Nursery 3173 Roswell Rd NE. John C and Gwendolyn J (home 3198 Mathieson Dr NE)
  • Vines Greenhouse 2032 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE. J Walter Vines (hah!)
  • Wm H Wallace Landscape & Nursery Co (rear) 1825 Piedmont Rd NE (house in Decatur)
  • Young & Son Nursery Co 4285 Roswell Rd NE. Lucius E Young (also home)


(wow, two on Mitchell Street!)

  • Ashford Park Nurseries 44 Broad NW R802
  • Dahl C A Co The, 150 Ponce de Leon av NE, Tels WAlnut 2937-2938; Branch 167 Peachtree NE, Tel Walnut 2935

  • Hargrove May E 1154 Euclid av NE (currently Criminal Records)
  • Hastings H G Co, 178-80 Mitchell SW, Tel Walnut 9464
  • Hines John W 3358 N Whitney ave (H)
  • Lakewood Nurseries Pryor rd RD 1
  • Log Cabin Nurseries 1110 Boulder Crest dr SE
  • Midgett Clarence K 173 Mitchell SW
  • Monroe Landscape & Nursery Co 1896 Bouldevard NE
  • Murphy Geo M 734 Boulevard NE
  • Sill Benj W 2300 Gordon rd SW
  • Sirron Nurseries 3118 Peachtree rd


  • Atlanta Nurseries, 815 Equitable Building, William D Beatie proprieter, home 468 Capitol Ave (old street numbering, keep in mind at this time there were many large, fashionable houses on that block of Capitol)

The only landscape designer I know of back then, Edith H. Henderson, lived with her husband James R. Henderson, Sr. at 1028 Amsterdam Ave in the 1930’s when she was working in the garden department at Rich’s downtown and he was a salesman at Hastings Nursery. In the 1950’s, they lived at 250 Brighton Rd NE when he was a department manager at Spratlin Harrington & Co (insurance?) and she’s listed as a Landscape Architect. I get to visit her garden design at First Presbyterian Church this week at 16th and Peachtree next to the High Museum. [Update: here’s a post about my garden visit]

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Punchline green room

Comedian signatures from 1982 to the closing in 2015. The legendary club was in Sandy Springs in a very 1980’s strip mall off Hammand. I think Cafe 290 is still open over there. Sorry for the photo dump: cleaning out the phone

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Star Bar green room

What’s that smell?

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Creative Loafings library in the old Rich’s Department store on south Peachtree

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Atlanta’s sister cities

“The founding of the Georgia School of Technology I regard as the most important event, of a public nature, that occurred in my life” Nathan Harris said in his autobiography. At the time, he was a Macon politico and during the inaugural exercies for the school he “delivered a sharp assessment of Atlanta and the way it was preceived by other Georgians.” This is from a 1985 Georgia Historical Quarterly article about Henry Grady’s boosterism. I like that it dances around the favorite pun about “if Atlanta sucked as strong as it blew it would be a sea port”

Atlanta did not get along with its sister cities, said future Governor Nathaniel Harris. Her natural resources were not equal to those of many of her rivals, including his own city of Macon. She was shut in on the north by hills and mountains, giving an advantage to Chattanooga in that direction. “On the south she was met with a hostile front from Macon and Augusta, whose marshaled battalions fought over every foot of commercial ground between those cities and her border.” Atlanta had a “wonderful press to blow her horn,” continued Harris as Grady sat listening on the platform behind him, “and it did it with such unceasing and inevitable persistence, that often when smarting under the sting of defeat we forgot she belonged to the state.” Atlanta would try almost anything, said Harris, and an appropriate motto for her was “Get There Somehow.”

Very long article, available on for the price of a free registration. Funny how that phrase still resonates 130 years later


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Neel Reid on tour

I always love to see Neel Reid’s designs. This one is on Adrews Ave in Buckhead and was built in 1926, the year he died.

Architectural Tourist put together a great photo gallery from an estate sale. Speaking of Reid, while I like the smallish condo building at Peachtree and 7th, the four story brick building he designed there is still missed. Not that I miss the Crystals/Starbucks building at all! He did the school for the blind building that used to sit at 4th Street too — and while nothing new has been built there (what is going on there?), don’t miss it nearly as much.

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Study: The Changing Face of Atlanta (1970-2015)

A super-cool new demographic report was just issued by  Sjoquist and Padney. They put together a website for their presentation here:

The report itself only exists there as a PowerPoint, so I generated a PDF for it here:

Any thoughts?

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