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FutureStarrthe State Botanical Garden of Georgia
The Garden of Georgia is the first official botanical garden in Georgia. It was founded in 1820 by John Amis and George Rae, who planted a collection of 800 trees and shrubs.
Five miles of nature trails extend into the natural areas. The Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center & Conservatory contains a collection of tropical and semi-tropical plants, which provide gorgeous backdrops for concerts, lectures and art exhibits. The State Botanical Gardens is home to a lovely Day Chapel and serves as the headquarters of the Garden Club of Georgia. A gift shop, gallery, and cafe are located on the grounds, as well.
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. (Source: www.visitathensga.com)
Get acclimated to the Garden campus at the Visitor Center. Pick up a map, get tips from the Master Gardener at the Information Desk, and even grab a Children’s Activity Guide for the little ones in your group. The Conservatory is home to a variety of tropical plants, including orchids (TIP: check out Orchid Days in February!) You’ll also find art on display, the café, and a well-stocked gift shop of items for nature-lovers.
Did you know? The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is made up of several different types of gardens! The Heritage Garden is a collection of plants that have been important to our region of the country. You’ll find examples of cash crops, fruits and vegetables. There are also lovely blooms in the spring from azaleas dogwoods. The International Garden explores how plants were discovered and cultivated in different times and places, including the Middle Ages, Age of Exploration and by Native Americans. There is also the Shade Garden, the Native Flora Garden, the Flower Garden and the Herb and Physic Garden (Source: www.visitathensga.com)