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November 23, 2010

Rock pillars stream water into a pool surrounded by lush tropical plants.

The new fountain is the centerpiece of the Georgia College greenhouse.

“The fountain offers us the first opportunity to grow and display tropical plants,” said greenhouse supervisor Marina Barkovskii. “This added feature will bring more people into the greenhouse to learn about not only the tropical plants but also the succulents and other plants here.”

The fountain has five columns with the tallest one standing 6 feet tall. They are made of basalt, a hard, dense volcanic rock with a glassy appearance. Three sprinkle heads surrounding the pool provide a mist for the tropical plants, which include
orchids, horsetail plants and banana and umbrella trees.

The Georgia College greenhouse built in 1987 features a diverse collection of more than 300 exotic plant species from around the world.

It serves as a teaching and research laboratory for Georgia College students and faculty. 

The greenhouse also serves as a learning tool for the community.

Elementary schools frequently take field trips to the greenhouse to learn about plants.

For more information about volunteering or to set up a greenhouse tour please contact Marina Barkovskii at                   (478) 251-4009.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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