Georgia Botanical Gardens

Savannah’s transforming horticultural destination, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is part of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. We’re 51 acres of historic plants, ornamental gardens, lakes, early 20th-century buildings and modern pick-your-own berry fields. Once a USDA plant introduction station, today we are becoming a comprehensive botanical garden.georgia botanical gardens 1Some of my most poignant childhood memories include seeding and harvesting vegetables and flowers with my Dad and helping tend to giant houseplants passed from generation to generation, friend to friend, with my Mom. When it came time to choose a major in college, I sat down and paged through the different departments and classes and noted studies that sounded enjoyable. I did not consider location or income. I only considered personal fulfillment. What sounded fun? If I was going to do it all day every day I needed to love it! I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1994. During college I interned at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and worked there during the summers as Greenhouse Assistant. After graduating I returned to ABG full-time for several years. It was there I developed a passion for greenhouses and a love for botanical gardens. In September of 2007 I became Greenhouse Manager at SBG. I love my job and I love the Garden. I’m proud of what I do and look forward to many more years of it!georgia botanical gardens 2Horticulture Greenhouses Melanie ParkerGreenhouse ManagerSome of my most poignant childhood memories include seeding and harvesting vegetables and flowers with my Dad and helping tend to giant houseplants passed from generation to generation, friend to friend, with my Mom. When it came time to choose a major in college, I sat down and paged through the different departments and classes and noted studies that sounded enjoyable. I did not consider location or income. I only considered personal fulfillment. What sounded fun? If I was going to do it all day every day I needed to love it! I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1994. During college I interned at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and worked there during the summers as Greenhouse Assistant. After graduating I returned to ABG full-time for several years. It was there I developed a passion for greenhouses and a love for botanical gardens. In September of 2007 I became Greenhouse Manager at SBG. I love my job and I love the Garden. I’m proud of what I do and look forward to many more years of it! Learn Moregeorgia botanical gardens 3The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a living laboratory, a horticultural research center, and a part of The University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach Division. It is also a very, very beautiful place. Due to this we ask our photographers to adhere to our policy listed to help us maintain the garden’s beauty for all those that visit.georgia botanical gardens 4Photography Policy The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a living laboratory, a horticultural research center, and a part of The University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach Division. It is also a very, very beautiful place. Due to this we ask our photographers to adhere to our policy listed to help us maintain the garden’s beauty for all those that visit.View our Photography Policygeorgia botanical gardens 5The Garden features over 11 acres of gardens on the early twentieth century farmstead of Dan and Catharine Bland. Wander the trails, paths and courtyards and explore the intriguing natural and cultural wonders of the southeastern coastal plain, where persistence, ingenuity, and a deep respect have bound people to the land. Discover a significant and growing collection of native and heritage plants, including over 20 of the state’s protected species. Peer down a pitcher plant, gaze upward at the gnarled branches of a magnificent longleaf pine, and inhale the heavy scent of confederate jasmine. Wrap your hands around the handles of a plow or admire the 1929 cover of Georgia Magazine, which features Mr. Dan and Ms. Catharine’s farm as an inspiration for all of Georgia. Enjoy the past, wonder at the present and learn for the future at the BOTANIC GARDEN.georgia botanical gardens 6The State Botanical Garden, located approximately 70 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia, is a short drive from downtown Athens. Parking at the Garden is free. Click the above map for a detailed view of our grounds and parking areas, or click the button on the right to get driving directions from Google.georgia botanical gardens 7The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a stunning range of collections, displays and trails. Here, our devoted horticultural staff take a moment to introduce them to you.georgia botanical gardens 8The State Botanical Garden (SBG) is home to so many amazing areas, one can easily overlook a multitude of hidden gems. A guided tour is the best way to ensure that, during your visit, nothing slips you by. Tours are led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers. Our tours present a fascinating overview of the various gardens and collections, spotlighting areas that are currently in bloom. Planning a first time visit? The Garden Sampler Tour, an excellent introduction to SBG, takes visitors around three of our largest attractions: the Main Conservatory, the Heritage Garden and the collections of the International Garden.georgia botanical gardens 9Garden Tours The State Botanical Garden (SBG) is home to so many amazing areas, one can easily overlook a multitude of hidden gems. A guided tour is the best way to ensure that, during your visit, nothing slips you by. Tours are led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers. Our tours present a fascinating overview of the various gardens and collections, spotlighting areas that are currently in bloom. Planning a first time visit? The Garden Sampler Tour, an excellent introduction to SBG, takes visitors around three of our largest attractions: the Main Conservatory, the Heritage Garden and the collections of the International Garden. Book a Tour“Quick visit” Always beautiful. Plenty of outdoor trails . Perfect place to visit if you enjoy plants or the outdoors. Reviewed 2 days ago csmith2017, Chickamauga, Georgia via mobilegeorgia botanical gardens 11Mr. Dan and Miss Catharine worked hard to coax a living out of the sandy coastal plain soil. They ran a small dairy, raised livestock, and grew pecans, pears and row crops, winning accolades as a model farm from Georgia Magazine in 1929.georgia botanical gardens 12I like to share the beauty of the Gardens and provide a learning experience for our visitors. In the Herb and Physic Garden, always be on the lookout for unfamiliar plants or something very familiar featured for an unfamiliar use. For instance, this summer I’ve included in the Garden a pot of Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) to show that a plant you’d probably never want in your Garden has beneficial uses. Stinging nettle is used as a textile dye, a nutritious food source and a textile fiber. It has several medicinal uses including the treatment of arthritis. In the Visitor’s Center, you’ll find an ever changing display of tropical plants in the areas surrounding the Great Room(upper level). Showy specimens from our Tropical Greenhouse Collection are featured in the Conservatory throughout the year. You never know when you’ll see an Ananas comosus (Pineapple) with ripening fruit or the amazing flower of the Aristolochia gigantean (Brazilian Dutchman’s Pipe).georgia botanical gardens 13The heritage garden is a place where our history comes alive. Pass-along perennials remind us of our grandmother’s garden, and the brick walls and symmetrical hedges evoke the early gardens of Savannah, Charleston, and the rural South. I particularly enjoy growing historical crops such as cotton, tobacco, rice, and indigo. Some visitors are reminded of working in the fields, while others experience these important plants for the first time. Visit in the springtime to see azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and old-fashioned roses in bloom; or come in the autumn and winter to see the winter veggies, confederate roses, and ripening citrus fruitgeorgia botanical gardens 14The Garden’s Learn More! QR Code Program grew out of my desire to send our visitors home with more information. The program, thanks to the help of the UGA Cooperative Extension and our own Curators, now allows visitors to scan codes placed throughout the Garden and learn more about the area they are visiting. I focused the program on three areas: Growing Tips, Usage Tips and Learn More Tips. Our Growing Tips explain how one can integrate plants seen at the Garden into a home garden. Usage Tips describe plants that usually can’t be grown at home, but can be found in common everyday products. The Learn More Tips cover broader topics of interest, such as information about monastic gardens—the inspiration for our Herb Garden. So take out those phones, start up your QR app and enjoy!georgia botanical gardens 15Tropical Conservatory, Herb & Physic Garden Pam ButtsCuratorI like to share the beauty of the Gardens and provide a learning experience for our visitors. In the Herb and Physic Garden, always be on the lookout for unfamiliar plants or something very familiar featured for an unfamiliar use. For instance, this summer I’ve included in the Garden a pot of Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) to show that a plant you’d probably never want in your Garden has beneficial uses. Stinging nettle is used as a textile dye, a nutritious food source and a textile fiber. It has several medicinal uses including the treatment of arthritis. In the Visitor’s Center, you’ll find an ever changing display of tropical plants in the areas surrounding the Great Room(upper level). Showy specimens from our Tropical Greenhouse Collection are featured in the Conservatory throughout the year. You never know when you’ll see an Ananas comosus (Pineapple) with ripening fruit or the amazing flower of the Aristolochia gigantean (Brazilian Dutchman’s Pipe). Click here to see and learn about these beautiful plant Collections.Learn More

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