The Georgia Trust

2011 PRESERVATION AWARDS: MARY GREGORY JEWITT AWARD

Jane Symmes
Madison, Morgan County

Ms. Symmes has had a lifetime of achievement working to enrich cultural lives, cultivate historical knowledge, and enhance the landscapes around us. Her volunteer work and long professional career have both contributed to her community and sought to make the world we live in not only a better place, but a more beautiful one. She and her late husband John began a wholesale nursery on an old farm in Madison, Georgia in 1965. Their mission to grow distinctive trees and shrubs led them on a journey to recover the eroded land and restore a pure example of an 1830’s “plantation plain style” house. Jane ran the nursery for more than 25 years developing a special catalog of historic plants that listed species by dates of introduction or common usage in gardens and included many plants she had saved from the old house sites of friends. Her devotion to beauty and appreciation of history led her to be a founding trustee of The Georgia Trust and influenced her involvement in the rehabilitation of Madison’s historic downtown.  Ms. Symmes work and dedication is evident in Madison and throughout the State of Georgia.

 


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