Admirers of Howard Finster will be pleased to learn that, at long last, restoration and
permanent care of Paradise Garden (www.finstersparadisegardens.org) may be on the horizon. Chattanooga County has secured a state grant to buy the Garden from the Alabama
non-profit group that has held, maintained, and stabilized it over the
past several years. The county, which is the poorest in Georgia, wishes
to make it a (respectful) county park to honor their most famous native
son and generate desperately needed tourism dollars. This is almost
certainly the last, best chance to save one of the most famous built
environments in the U.S.*
The grant is for $145,000 (or thereabouts). But to receive the grant
money, the county must secure $43,000 in matching funds by the end of
2011. With only three months to go, fundraising efforts have just begun; they have already raised over $20,000.
If you would like to help save the Garden, make out your check out to Chattooga County Chamber Foundation/Paradise Garden Project
Send it to
Paradise Garden Project
c/o Studio Jewelers
78 Public Sq. N.
Dahlonega, GA 30533
You may e-mail Thomas Scanlin with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.