The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism is proud to announce the Myrtle Hill – Oak Hill Memorial Association is launching a new project to create a garden on Neely Hill beside the Rome Clocktower.

Landscape artist, John Schulz, has designed a new garden titled, As Time Goes By.  “As the clock chimes to announce the time of day, the garden will follow time through the seasons, announcing the shifts with changing flowers and foliage,” said Shulz.  “The garden and the clock will work together to present a ‘Fourth Dimension’”.

The area for the garden is located on the east and south upper borders of the hill facing East Third Street. The total garden will span about 170 feet. Paths will lead visitors into and through the garden that will feature flowering blooms every day of the year once the garden grows in.

The garden will be dedicated in honor of historian Anne Culpepper and the time she has spent sharing her love of Rome’s history. Anne started volunteering for the tourism office in 1972 where she served daily. Her volunteer work includes organizing and leading field trips for local schools at Myrtle Hill Cemetery; leading step-on-tours for the Between the Rivers Historic District and leading tours to the top of the Clocktower. Anne is also a charter member of the Myrtle Hill – Oak Hill Memorial Association. She retired from her official tourism volunteer duties in 2017, but is still engaged in the local community.

Myrtle Hill – Oak Hill Memorial Association (MHOHMA) has a goal to raise $10,000 for the garden to be dedicated in Spring of 2019. MHOHMA is accepting donations and seeks support to help reach their goal.  Donations are accepted in all amounts. Donations of $250 or more will be listed on garden signage. Mailed or in-person check donations will be accepted at the Last Stop Gift Shop located at 402 Civic Center Drive across from Applebee’s. Checks should be made payable to MHOHMA.

Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is dedicated to improving and maintaining historic places of rest and places of historic importance in Georgia’s Rome since 1998. The volunteer-based non-profit organization works closely with governmental agencies and other non-profit groups to support planning, implementation and preservation efforts.
For more information about the new garden and fundraising efforts visit RomeGeorgia.org/MHOHMA or call 706.295.5576.
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The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. Our mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.