The Fruitland Nurseries
The Fruitland Nurseries grew azaleas, magnolias, dogwoods, junipers, peach & apple tree and more.
Story by Matt Fernandez
The Fruitland Beginnings
In the early 1930’s, Bobby Jones & Cliff Roberts set out to find a piece of property that fit their vision of building a world-class golf course and tournament. They stumbled upon the abandoned Fruitland Nurseries on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia. The Fruitlands was once one of the best nurseries in the country, filled with azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, peach trees and more.
The Early Days
The Fruitlands was the Mecca of nurseries in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The nursery was well-known for its many innovations in cultivation. More than 300 different peach trees were said to grow on property at one time. It’s said the Fruitland Nurseries made Georgia famous for its sweet peaches.
When Jones and Roberts first arrived on the property, they drove down Magnolia Avenue (yes, Avenue), through rows of beautiful Magnolia trees until they reached the main house, known as Fruitland Manor. It's said the the beautiful Magnolias we're planted just after the Civil War, making them over 150 years old.
The Manor itself was battered and bruised, but beautiful none-the-less. It was a sturdy two-story building with verandas covered in wisteria vines surrounding the house which overlooked most of the property.
Manor Turned Clubhouse
Fruitland Manor would never be torn down, and neither would the road leading up to it, known back then as Magnolia Avenue. From day one, Fruitland Manor served as the only clubhouse. In the early days it was said that many of the early Members loved the charm of the old Manor and wanted to keep the ‘new clubhouse’ as-is. The initial plan was to tear down the manor and start fresh, but at the time, they simply didn’t have the funds to do so.
To this day, many of the plants found on property at Augusta National are descendants of the Fruitland Nurseries. The name of every hole at ANGC (Azalea, Pink Dogwood, etc.) was once a blossoming plant carefully cultivated at the Fruitlands.