Welcome to
Southern Garden History Society


The purpose of the society is to stimulate interest in Southern garden and landscape history, in historic horticulture, and in the preservation of historic gardens and landscapes in the South.

Education is the society's primary mission. Please visit our Resources page for immediate access to online garden history publications and to learn more about the educational material the Society makes available.


The Southern Garden History Society was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in May 1982 as an outgrowth of a continuing series of biennial conferences on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes, held at Old Salem. Flora Ann Bynum, William Lanier Hunt and John B. Flowers were the founders of the society. The society continues to be a co-sponsor of the Old Salem conference.


Membership is open to any individual, family, corporation, or organization interested in the aims and purposes of the society. Current membership includes persons, institutions, and organizations from across the United States and several foreign countries. Please visit Join Us to learn more.