Columbus Museum and Central Park?

Olmsted GArdenWhat do the Columbus Museum and Central Park in New York City have in common?  Both of their gardens were designed by the firm of the famed American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted of Massachusetts.

The Columbus Museum’s Bradley Olmsted Garden was designed for Columbus homeowner, W. C. Bradley in the early 1920’s. Of the 13 residential projects the Olmsted firm worked on in Georgia, including others in Columbus, the Bradley garden is widely recognized as the most substantial and significant. Its shaded ravines, formal and informal pools, cascading waterfalls, pecan grove and Japanese yew and crape myrtle walkways typified the more naturalistic gardens that became popular after the close of the Victorian era.

The Olmsted firm transformed the 1880’s trolley station located on the property into a pool house. It is the only remaining structure from that line. The Bradley Olmsted Garden is part of the Wynn’s Hill – Overlook Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The historical markers in and around Columbus are valuable sources of information about important historical places, events, and people that have shaped our city from its beginning.  Please let me know if you would like for me to highlight any of them in my blog. I would be delighted to post your favorite. I look forward to hearing from you

Start looking at the signs that surround you – “Sign, sign, ……. Everywhere a Sign.”



About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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