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State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This 313-acre botanical garden on the Middle Oconee River serves as a cultural, educational and recreational facility and is one of Athens' most-visited attractions. Numerous themed display gardens include the Flower Garden, International Garden, Heritage Garden, Shade Garden and more. The garden is an All-American Selections Garden, Southeastern Conifer Society Reference Garden, American Daffodil Society Display Garden and Audubon Society Important Bird Area.

Five miles of nature trails extend into the natural areas typical of the habitats and plant communities found in the Georgia Piedmont.

The Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center & Conservatory contains a collection of tropical and semi-tropical plants providing a backdrop for concerts, lectures and art exhibitions.

Garden Gift Shop offers plants, books, local gifts and art, jewelry, and educational toys.

PLAN YOUR VISIT:

Allow 30 minutes minimum to view the conservatory and have a quick view of the gardens; longer to read interpretive panels, take a lengthier look at the gradens, or walk through the five miles of nature trails.

HOURS:
Visitor Center open 9 a.m. – 8:30 Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sun.
Visitor Center closed on Mondays.
Closed major holidays and UGA holidays.

ADMISSION: No admission charge; donations accepted.
No pets.


 




TOURS: The State Botanical Garden offers tailored field trips and educational tours to school children and adults of all ages. Programs on Healing Medicinal Plants, Edible Gardening, Stream Ecology, and many other topics are available. Check out Field Trip offerings or Adult Programs directly on the web site.

FACILITIES/RENTAL INFORMATION:
Four buildings set within the Garden offer unique facilities for a diverse range of events.

Callaway Building Designed to blend into its natural setting, the Callaway Building serves as administrative headquarters for the Garden. The upper level houses an auditorium, reception area, conference room, and kitchenette. Weather permitting, the front plaza provides additional informal meeting and break space. This facility is ideal for meetings, receptions, conferences, workshops, and retreats.

Visitor Center & Conservatory The Visitor Center & Conservatory serve as a stunning centerpiece for the Garden. The building includes a gift shop, Garden Room cafe, classrooms, offices, and a 3-story conservatory. Changing art exhibitions are on display in the foyer. The great room, overlooking the conservatory, is well suited for receptions, parties, and other gala events. Portions of the building overlook the expansive International Garden. Weather permitting, the front and rear plazas provide additional space for evening events.

Day Chapel Modern in design, the Day Chapel contains an eclectic blend of architectural styles and decorative details. Special features include custom-made, hand-tufted rugs and a magnificent set of carved mahogany and glass doors separating the vestibule and sanctuary. The lower level includes dressing rooms, a full catering kitchen, and a reception hall overlooking a beautiful woodland ravine. The adjoining garden terrace provides a pleasant outdoor space as well as a stunning view of the chapel. The facility is well suited for weddings, memorial services, retreats, small concerts, and recitals.

Garden Club of Georgia State Headquarters (Terrace Room) The newest building at the State Botanical Garden, this traditional design facility contains offices, work spaces, archives, and formal reception rooms on the upper level. The lower level, available for rental, contains a catering kitchen, restrooms, storage, and a large meeting/reception room, which opens on to an expansive brick terrace. The attractively appointed Terrace Room is ideal for meetings, conferences, receptions, and retreats.

Attractions

  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Kids Programs: Yes
  • Onsite Restaurant/Food Vendor: Yes
  • Parking Available: Yes

Nature Ramblers

    From: June 05, 2014 - August 28, 2014
Please join the Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the Garden while making new friends and enjoying the cool,... View Details

Exhibit: Judy Bolton Jarrett

    From: June 21, 2014 - August 10, 2014
Artist Judy Bolton Jarrett will return for an exhibition of her current works beginning on June 22, 2014, and running through August 10. Painting in ... View Details

FRIENDS First Friday: Flea Market Finds

    From: August 01, 2014 - August 01, 2014
Beverly Morton and BJ Garrett will give an update on our annual Friends Flea Market and share interesting stories of past finds. This monthly event ... View Details

Find the Hummingbirds!

    From: August 02, 2014 - August 02, 2014
Learn where the hummingbirds perch and "hide" throughout the garden. They'll discuss the newly mapped hummingbird trail while discovering ... View Details

Athens Brass Choir Concert

    From: August 03, 2014 - August 03, 2014
The Athens Brass Choir returns to the Conservatory for an inspiring instrumental brass concert. Listen to marches, movie themes, classical pieces and... View Details

Full Moon Hike

    From: August 10, 2014 - August 10, 2014
Come see nature come alive at night this spring! Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. ... View Details

FRIENDS Gigantic Flea Market

    From: August 16, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Items offered include: gardening items, books, household items, tools, toys, jewelry, decorations, purses, accessories, baby items and more! We will... View Details

Sunflower Music Series: Grogus with Steve Dancz

    From: August 26, 2014 - August 26, 2014
The State Botanical Garden has a great line-up of musicians to perform for our popular annual Sunflower Music Series in one of the most beautiful and... View Details

22nd Annual Insectival

    From: September 13, 2014 - September 13, 2014
Join Garden staff and volunteers for this creepy, crawly, and definitely fun Family Festival.    Pre-registration is not required.  ... View Details

Sunflower Music Series: Klezmer Local 42 with Mary Sigalas

    From: September 30, 2014 - September 30, 2014
The State Botanical Garden has a great line-up of musicians to perform for our popular annual Sunflower Music Series in one of the most beautiful and... View Details