Roswell and the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens announce the opening of the grounds at Mimosa Hall on April 22.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 10:30 a.m.

Mimosa Hall, a Greek Revival mansion, was built in 1841 for John Dunwoody, one of the founders of Roswell.

In 1918, Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid bought the home and made “substantial changes” to the landscape, transforming five acres into formal gardens.

Of the 15 garden rooms Reid created on the property, 13 survive today.

The city purchased Mimosa Hall & Gardens in 2017 designating Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs department to oversee the property.

Recreation and Parks has been working to renovate the gardens in anticipation of a re-opening.

This project has involved pruning boxwood, removing hazardous trees, leveling uneven spaces on the lawn, and installing hand rails on stone steps around the property.

“Our team has done an amazing job on this property,” said Roswell , Community and Facility Services Manager Katie Troline.

“With the boxwood pruned, the grounds are looking gorgeous and for the first time in years, people can get a clear view of the house from Bulloch Avenue,” said Troline.

Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens is a 501©(3) nonprofit formed in 2017 to help with the interpretation, restoration, and maintenance of the property.

Last year, the Friends group received a grant from the Garden Club of Georgia to restore Reid’s Reflecting Pool Garden.

According to a news release, “the room features a narrow, inlaid pool banked by flower beds, a brick walk, and a boxwood and privet wall.”

Caldwell Tree Services was hired to fertilize and hand-prune the overgrown boxwood and privet, revitalizing the bushes and allowing more sunlight to shine onto the garden.

“We were delighted to receive this generous grant,” said Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens Communications Director Sara Harwood.

“We’re restoring a beautiful space that lends itself to quiet reflection and appreciation of nature,” said Harwood.

The Friends group also intends to install a solar roof on Mimosa Hall, designed by Simone du Boise, the architect behind Weatherford Place.

The roof intends to feature “thin-film photo-voltaic panels that are laminated to the standing seam metal roof.”

As a result, the entire roof will be “lightweight and the solar panels, which are about the thickness of a credit card, virtually invisible.”

The new roof will provide 100 percent of Mimosa Hall’s energy needs, resulting in an annual “saving of approximately $5000 in energy bills and removing 61 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere every year.”

Future projects include further restoration of Mimosa Hall itself.

More information about Mimosa Hall is available by contacting Katie Troline at ktroline@roswellgov.com.

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