With a Name Like Meadowlark…

it just has to be beautiful, doesn’t it?I did a not-quite-a-senior-yet shoot last weekend at Meadowlark Gardens in Griffin, GA and thought I’d share some of the flora photographs from the day.  Here’s some background info on the gardens:

William Franklin Ingram, Jr., the son and grandson of two early founders of the textile industry in Griffin, Georgia, purchased the Meadowlark property in the spring of 1939 from Frank Rodgers. The place was presumably intended as a country retreat for Mr. Ingram and his widowed mother.  In December of 1945 Mr. Ingram married Rhoda Hopson and the gardens have been expanding ever since.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ingram pursued his scientific work, having received the Army Navy E Award at the end of World War II for manufacturing quartz crystal technology that used to advance communications during the war. It has been said that this technology did as much to end the war as the atomic bomb. Mr. Ingram continued to pursue his many scientific projects until his health failed. Ultimately he received some nine patents for his efforts.  Franklin Ingram died in 1993.

Presently at Meadowlark, there are hundreds of ornamental trees and plants, a beautiful collection of deciduous magnolias, and thousands of both English and American boxwoods carefully placed in the 30 acres of developed gardens.  An ancient pecan extends an enormous branch beckoning toddlers to swing in the safety of a giant boxwood circle. Shady benches sit waiting to provide rest and views. It is truly a unique place.

Here are my favourite shots of the day… the sweet light was perfect around 6PM and even the shots in the bright mid-day sun came out wonderfully.  There were fields of tiny yellow flowers, ferns lit by  magic hour light, little statues hiding in pocket gardens, and a beautiful old stable (complete with a very photogenic horse) that lent itself to rich sepia tones.

Ferns in the Sweet Light

Horse Pasture


The Old Pecan

Horse in Stable

Fence Around Horse Pasture

Mason Jars in Stable