|Creator:||Berckmans, Prosper Jules Alphonso, 1830-1910|
|Title:||Fruitland Nurseries notebooks|
|Quantity:||2.0 Linear feet (2 flat boxes)|
"In the 1800s, the 365-acre tract off Washington Road was an indigo plantation. That changed in 1857, when [Belgian Baron Louis Mathieu Edouard] Berckmans and his son [Prosper Julius Alphonse] purchased the land and formed a partnership a year later to start a nursery. Under the name Fruitland Nurseries, the two men began to import many different types of trees and plants from other countries. Prosper is credited with popularizing the azalea plant, which is found all over Augusta National. But the business ceased operations a few years after Prosper's death in 1910." -- "Augusta National's natural beauty was born in nursery." Masters 2009. http://www.augusta.com/stories/040306/mas_75606.shtml (Retrieved October 2, 2009)
The collection consists of two large notebooks kept mainly by Prosper Berckmans (1830-1910) of Fruitlands Nurseries, but also with contributions by others. Vol. 1 (1861-1896) includes approximately 85 drawings of grapes and grape leaves, 41 of them partly in watercolor. Some of the drawings are also accompanied by notes on the source of the variety. Also included in this volume are a few clippings and letters from other growers. Vol. 2 (ca. 1870-1915) includes around 195 pages of notes many with outline drawings of fruit, including peaches, apples, pears, plums, oranges, tangerines, strawberries and also pecans. Also included in this volume are a few clippings and broadsides, as well as several letters from other growers. Each volume is bound in three-quarter leather and linen with marbled endpapers; the condition is worn but sound.
Fruitland Nurseries notebooks, MS 3130. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.