The Cassina Garden Club grounds are located at Gascoigne Bluff
on the Frederica River. The club’s two historic slave cabins are
the focal point of this interesting site. The history of these
cabins and how the Club came to own this beautiful one-half acre
piece of property are explained in more detail in “History.”
The historical beauty of these cabins continues to be enhanced
by their native gardens, which are planted, maintained and cared
for by Cassina members.
The basic design for the Cassina
gardens was adopted by the club in the 1950’s. Although not
typical of a garden found at slave cabin sites, which would have
consisted primarily of vegetables and dirt paths, the design
offers an opportunity for the members to create an appealing
space of native and historical plantings.
Instead of grouping the
plantings by name, each of the four garden sections has an
eclectic mixture of herbs, native plants, antique roses and
colorful flowers and bushes to attract butterflies. Among the
native plants are cotton, peanuts, indigo, okra, rattlebush,
feverweed, and gourds. Herbs such as lavender, sage, rosemary,
chives, fennel and thyme are spaced throughout the gardens.
Antique roses such as Mutabilis, Old Blush and Spice are the
center anchor in each plot.
Additional plantings on the
grounds include a day lily garden and a Crinum lily and an
azalea memorial garden honoring deceased Cassina members. An
arbor supporting both Scuppernong and Muscadine grape vines as
well as the old rose climbers, Jaune Despres, completes the
front view of the cabins. Cherokee Roses, the official flower
of the State of Georgia, climb the trunks of the majestic oaks
along the riverbank.
Immediately adjacent to the
Cassina cabins is the State Champion Southern Red cedar Tree
(Juniperus virginiana). When this tree was last officially
measured in the early 2000’s, this cedar measured more than 15 ˝
feet in circumference. A recent informal measurement now places
the circumference at about 16 ˝ feet. Cassina adopted this tree
several years ago and carefully looks after its care and
preservation. Cassina has provided signage so that the grandeur
of this tree may be shared with visitors to the Cassina Cabins
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