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State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located in Athens, is a 313-acre preserve
Gardens and Collections
Located next to the Visitor Center, the International Garden explores the interrelationship of plants and people throughout
The seven plazas of the Shade Garden represent the seven districts of the Garden Club of Georgia, whose members helped make the 1988 renovation possible. A wisteria-covered arbor on the main plaza provides a commanding view of this garden, which features shade-tolerant plants.
The Native Flora Garden adjoins the Shade Garden. Here visitors can find many species native to Georgia and the southeastern states, including rare, threatened, and endangered woodland species. Near the Native Flora Garden is the Rose Garden, which features an array of species and hybrids including the state flower of Georgia, the Cherokee rose.
Trails and Natural Areas
Five miles of color-coded nature trails extend into the far reaches of the garden.
The Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center and Conservatory was completed in 1984 and serves as a stunning focal point for the garden. The building contains offices, classrooms, a gift shop, the Garden Room Cafe, and a 10,000-square-foot conservatory featuring tropical plants of economic interest. Changing art exhibitions featuring botanical and horticultural themes are on display in the foyer.
The Garden Club of Georgia State Headquarters was completed in 1998, at which time the club moved its headquarters from the Founders Garden on the University of Georgia campus to the State Botanical Garden. The building, located on a high knoll between the Day Chapel and Visitor Center, is a house museum containing exceptional furnishings and decorative arts.
A. J. Lewis and J. M. Affolter, "The State Botanical Garden of Georgia: A Living Laboratory for Student Education," HortTechnology 9, no. 4 (1999): 570-72.
Carol Nourse and Hugh Nourse, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001).
A. J. Lewis, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.