Save Granmaw Gordon

Allen Sullivan/AJC

We are a grassroots group trying to save "Granmaw Gordon", a century plus year old pecan tree, from destruction. She is slated to be cut down in order to make way for 10 condos on the half acre of land (the most dense building project in the neighborhood) ironically named "The Greenspace Condos" - Not only is she original to the Sutherland Estate - owned by former Georgia Governor and Senator Gen. John B Gordon, but she appears resistant to Pecan Scab, a fungus that costs Pecan growers across the Southeast millions. The USDA is interested in testing her further to determine if she could revolutionize the pecan industry. She is a historic and biological treasure and deserves to be saved.

Ideally, we would love to save the entire piece of property. This is the LAST publicly accessible greenspace on Dekalb Ave. This thoroughfare has been overrun by developers trying to make a quick buck by throwing up multiple townhouse projects that are NOT SELLING. What the neighborhood needs is not more empty townhouses.  We need to conserve what little bit of natural resources we have left within the city. We would like to see the space made into a pocket park. We believe it could be well utilized by individuals using alternative transportation as it could be a way station for pedestrians walking to the MARTA station (it’s located directly between the East Lake and Candler Park stations) or a place to wait for the MARTA bus. It could also be a rest point for cyclists utilizing the PATH which crosses Dekalb Ave. at Rocky Ford (a block away). We could have bike racks, benches and a pavilion. Teri Stewart, a long term resident, and Master Gardener has offered her expertise to help plant and maintain the space.

How can you help save Granmaw?

In order to save Granmaw Gordon we need help! We need funds to continue our fight in Superior Court and/or to purchase the land. Any amount, no matter how small, is welcome. We have a TAX DEDUCTIBLE account set up through Park Pride. Visit to donate. Click the Donate Now Button on the top - Make sure you mark the funds for as specific project and type in "Granmaw Gordon Greenspace"

Join Us

If you'd like to join us in the fight for Granmaw Gordon and the last Greenspace on Dekalb, please join our yahoo group by emailing: through the link at the bottom and we'll add you to the list for updates. Additionally, if anyone is interested in joining our Fundraising Committee or has ideas on how to save Granmaw, please add that information to your comments section.

People and Businesses Saving Granmaw:
Donna Van Gogh's Artist Market
Pete's Import Garage
Jennifer Bowman - Success Realty -
Park Pride Atlanta


Questions or comments? Get in touch with us at:

Mailing Address:

1651 Mclendon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Phone: 404-370-1003

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