H.G. Hastings Company Photographs
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H.G. Hastings Company Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: H.G. Hastings Company.
Title: H.G. Hastings Company Photographs
Dates: 1912-1953, undated
Quantity: 8.0 images
Quantity: 8 black and white photographic prints (1 folder)
Identification: ahc.VIS173

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1889 in Interlachen, Florida, Harry George Hastings (1869-1962) established the H. G. Hastings Company, a mail-order business specializing in garden and field seeds as well as nursery stock. The business aided both farmers and home gardeners. By the mid-1890s, the company began producing a monthly newspaper instructing farmers on the best methods of plant cultivation, which would eventually evolve into The Southern Ruralist. In 1899, the company moved to Atlanta, a more centralized distribution point for its mail-order operation. In 1919, the company purchased 1500 acres of land near Lovejoy, Georgia in Clayton County to be used as its seed and nursery stock plantation.

In 1922, upon graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Agriculture, Donald M. Hastings (1901-1991), H. G.’s son, joined the firm. In 1942, he succeeded his father as president of the operation. During 1948, he served as president of the Southern Nurserymen’s Association.

Although H. G. Hastings Company originally focused on its mail-order business, the company shifted its attention to the wholesale and retail nursery business, opening one of the first garden centers in the South in 1955. Expanding beyond the customary sale of seeds and plants, this new establishment also offered all manner of garden supplies, including tools and pots. The company continued under the leadership of Donald Hastings’ son, Donald M. Hastings, Jr. (1929- ), until the family business was sold in 1976. The company continues to operate under the Hastings name.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographic prints of crops grown from H. G. Hastings Company seeds. In addition, the collection includes one image of H. G. Hastings, one photograph of a Hastings’ Seed store in Atlanta, and one photograph of students at the Georgia State College of Agriculture, later part of the University of Georgia, in Athens.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Georgia State College of Agriculture.
H.G. Hastings Company.
Hastings, Harry George, 1869-1962
Nursery growers--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

H.G. Hastings Company Photographs, VIS 173, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gifts of Gifts of Donald M. Hastings, Jr. and Chris Hastings, 2002 (CGL 2002.04)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2008.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

Hastings Family Papers, MSS 752; Hastings Family Photographs, VIS 174, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Container List



VIS 173.01VIS 173.01 Georgia Boys Corn Club Show, State Capitol Bldg., ca. 1912. ( 1.0 image )


VIS 173.02VIS 173.02 Georgia State College of Agriculture and Students, undated ( 1.0 image )


VIS 173.03VIS 173.03 H. G. Hastings presented with the Men’s Garden Club of Atlanta Outstanding Horticultural Achievement Award, 1940 ( 1.0 image )


VIS 173.04-.05VIS 173.04-.05 Hastings' Bermuda Onions, undated ( 2.0 images )


VIS 173.06VIS 173.06 Hastings' Cannonball Watermelon, 1953 ( 1.0 image )


VIS 173.07VIS 173.07 Hastings' Prolific Corn, 17 ft, 4 in., undated ( 1.0 image )


VIS 173.08VIS 173.08 Hastings' Seeds Store (either Mitchell or Forsyth Street), undated ( 1.0 image )