The Sunken Blue Gardens
Sponsored by the Green Court Garden Club
The Blue Garden was originally developed by John Pendleton King, II (Pendleton), the grandson of Senator John Pendleton King. A writer and poet, Pendleton also enjoyed establishing plant material which bloomed in blue.
The garden has been restored with shrubs and flowers that display various hues of blue. The Green Court Garden Club has adopted this special garden and perpetuates King's love for the color blue in the landscape. The formal garden has an ornate urn which is planted with seasonal blue flowers which serves as an attractive focal point.
Mrs. Eugenia Lehmann, cousin of Pendleton King, tells of afternoon teas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Elizabeth King. After a round golf on the plantation's nine-hole course, Uncle Henry would dress in a tuxedo for dinner. Henry donated the property in his honor as a bird sanctuary after Pendleton died at the age of 30 from a brain aneurysm.
Established in Honor of Bert Botts
Barbara Botts established the attractive Gazebo overlooking the Arboretum in memory of her husband, Bert Botts. Mr. Botts was a long time PKP Foundation member and was responsible for much of the early work in the park. This lovely Gazebo overlooks a panorama of trees in the Pendleton King Park Arboretum. The Arboretum was established in 1987 and features identified trees that can be grown in the Augusta area. Many of the trees in the Arboretum were donated in honor or in memory of someone by organizations or individuals. An expanse of lawn was seeded to give the arboretum an Old English theme. The Pendleton King Park Foundation together with the City of Augusta have a working partnership that has repeatedly broken new ground in the advancement of urban forestry in Augusta.
The Franke Pavilion, Picnic Pavilion, Touch and Smell Garden, Blue Garden with gazebo and the Hydrangea Garden with Pergola are available for reasonable rental fees. Family reunions, church and civic get-togethers, weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations are regularly held in the park. See our rentals page for more information.