If you haven’t seen The Garden in Calhoun yet, you need to come for a special event on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 p.m. That is when the music pavilion’s ribbon cutting takes place. The Garden is a fascinating miniature surprise located literally in the backyard of the Calhoun Church (1411 Rome Rd., Calhoun, GA).
Visitors stroll through an array of beautiful flowers and greenery, as they spy miniature porcelain people and animals as small as two inches and dwarf-sized structures of churches, houses, and cathedrals (including a replica of the famed Notre Dame in Paris, France). All the artistry is designed and constructed by Adventist church members, along with a host of others in the Calhoun community and beyond. Some of the community groups who helped make this possible: local Girl Scouts, The Red Hat Society, and a group from Riverview Baptist Church.
A grant of $2,000 from the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia made the music pavilion possible. Representatives of the foundation will be on hand for the ribbon cutting. The pavilion, however, towers over more than 50 diminutive buildings that are all built from the tiniest pebbles, stones, rocks, pieces of glass, and shells, held together with cement and wire. The pavilion towers because it accommodates real-sized people. Appropriately, local area musicians will perform a concert at the event.
DeWitt (Old Dog) Boyd, a self-employed artist is the project’s architect. He came up with the idea to build the garden six years ago. Early on, the Calhoun Church formed a Garden Committee. Wil Starr serves as committee chairman, and Dick Miller as the liaison for the church.
“Various assistants have helped me, primarily Joyce Maples,” Old Dog said. “Without people like Dottie Starr and all of them there wouldn’t be The Garden.”
Anyone who wishes to volunteer with The Garden’s ongoing expansion of artistry or help with the physical upkeep (such as weeding) can call Old Dog at 706-263-1937.
There is never any charge to visit The Garden. Visitors who plan to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets. A candle-lighting ceremony will occur at dusk following the ribbon cutting and entertainment. Parking is at the church site, and a gravel walk leads to The Garden. Further questions can be made to the church office: 706-629-5470.
The Garden is now listed as one of the places to see in north Georgia. www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/11119-folk-art-garden
Written by Betty Kossick