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Tom Woodham papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS1198

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, clippings, postcards, and a landscape plan that provide details on Woodham's professional and personal interests in horticulture and garden history. Included in the collection is Woodham's correspondence with publishers and garden writers such as Penelope Hobhouse, Sir Roy Strong, and Dr. Julia Trevelyan Oman. Also a part of the collection is Augusta "Gussie" Cook's handwritten diary that describes her daily activities in rural Georgia in 1930. Of special interest is sheet music written by Nelle Womack Hines (1875-1963) and dedicated to the Peachtree Garden Club and Mrs. Robert L. Cooney in 1933.


  • 1930-2006, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center

Administrative/Biographical History

James Thomas "Tom" Woodham (1943- ) was born in Bishopville, South Carolina, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees studying horticulture at Clemson University in 1965 and 1968. Woodham served with the United States Marine Corps from 1969-1972 during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he moved to Atlanta and co-founded The Potted Plant, a garden design nursery, along with Ryan Gainey (1944-2016) and Eve Davis, with whom he partnered for 19 years. Woodham also worked as garden editor and senior editor for Veranda magazine for 16 years. During that time he cultivated numerous friendships with well-known gardeners and garden writers around the world such as Penelope Hobhouse, Sir Roy Strong, and Dr. Julia Trevelyan Oman. Woodham is a contributing author of Perennials: Towards a Continuous Bloom (1991) and lectures and writes on a variety of horticultural, gardening, and garden design topics. Woodham serves as a Lifetime Trustee for the Atlanta Botanical Garden and helped establish the annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour in 1984. He is a past member of the Cherokee Garden Library Board and served on the Library's Acquisistions Committee for many years. Woodham is married to his long-time partner, Wilson H. Ellis Jr. (1951- ).


.042 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2013, with subsequent additions.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2020.
Tom Woodham papers
Jennie Oldfield
June 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305