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FutureStarrA State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia has been charged with the duty to preserve, interpret, and provide education, enjoyment, and inspiration through botanical collections and the natural and cultural history of Georgia flora. The Garden’s 66 acres of gardens, grounds and buildings consist of 14 gardens with more than 8,000 individual plants and more than 6,000 educational opportunities.
Athens is the proud home of Georgia’s official botanical garden, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The Garden is one of Athens’ most-visited attractions and is a must-see on any trip. The 313-acre preserve has plenty of nature trails and has been designated an important birding area by the Georgia Audubon Society. There are many themed gardens that provide beauty, serenity and inspiration at any time of year. You’ll find art installations out in the gardens as well as inside the soaring, three-story tropical conservatory. Special events at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia include the Sunflower Music Series during the summer months, other live music performances, and nature rambles and workshops. The Garden is a popular attraction with all ages, thanks to the new Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden, which provides lots of interactive experiences. The Garden even has an on-site café and gift shop with clever, local items for sale.
ens were easy to work with, friendly, and explained everything. Once the chapel was unlocked for our rehearsal and the actual wedding we pretty much had free reign to make ourselves at home and the staff member was available when we had questions or needed help but otherwise kept to himself. The chapel itself is very very very beautiful and elegant and the reception space is simple and neutral with a pleasant outdoor terrace. Also, the place is fully handicap accessible which was very important for me and especially wonderful since I was looking for a woodsy setting and most others were not. All my guests have raved about this beautiful little gem tucked in the woods. The only thing that could be a possible concern is that your rehearsal time is determined by the time slot you select for the wedding, so my sunday morning wedding had a rehearsal friday afternoon, which was not easy for everyone to attend. (Source: www.theknot.com)
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia was designated an “Important Birding Area” by the Georgia Audubon Society, so there are plenty of species of birds to look for while at the Garden. Pick up an identification card at the Visitor Center Front Desk, to show you which birds call our area home. The Garden also has a Hummingbird Trail, with 21 markers that show where hummingbirds like to hang out. The trail is open from May 1 through early October. SBG was the first garden in the American Conifer Society's Southeast Region to be awarded Reference Garden status in 2008. Since then, over 250 conifers have been added to the collection representing 160 species and cultivars. The ACS Reference Garden is housed adjacent to the Callaway Building but the conifer collection extends from tropical species in the Visitor Center, throughout all the themed gardens and to at-risk native populations in the natural areas. (Source:conifersociety.org))