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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.


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.

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.

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.


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

Art Exhibit: Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild

    From: January 11, 2015 - March 08, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Consistent with the beauty and the mission of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will bring their work for an exh... View Details

Garden Travels with Director Wilf Nicholls

    From: January 27, 2015 - January 27, 2015
Join us for another vicarious journey with Director Wilf Nicholls, known for presentations that that are engaging, informative and fun.   View Details

Athens Science Café: Everyday Fermentation with Hugh Acheson

    From: January 28, 2015 - January 28, 2015
Chef and author Hugh Acheson will speak fermentation at the January meeting of the Athens Science Café on January 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the S... View Details

Full Moon Hike Series

    From: February 03, 2015 - February 03, 2015
Come see the garden come alive at night! Each hike will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring f... View Details

Friends First Friday

    From: February 06, 2015 - February 06, 2015
This monthly event includes a full breakfast and an opportunity to meet new people while learning about the Garden, gardening or garden history. Plea... View Details

FRIENDS First Friday: All-American Selections

    From: February 06, 2015 - February 06, 2015
All-American Selections promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America. One of those trial... View Details

Orchid Madness Fundraiser

    From: February 07, 2015 - February 07, 2015
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a unit of the University of Georgia Office of Public Service and Outreach, will host an Orchid Madness fundrai... View Details

Dance with the Classic City Swing Band

    From: February 12, 2015 - February 12, 2015
Come listen to the lively Classic City Swing Band, or spend the evening on the dance floor alone or with a partner. The evening starts with a 7:15 de... View Details

Nature Ramblers

    From: February 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Join Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the Garden while making new friends and enjoying the cool, fresh air.... View Details

Arbor Day Celebration - Tree Trail Ramble

    From: February 20, 2015 - February 20, 2015
In 1872, an industrious newspaper editor and political leader, J. Sterling Morton, began a campaign to plant trees on Nebraska's treeless prairie. Th... View Details

Winter Family Hike

    From: February 21, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Join Education Staff, Andie Bisceglia, for a family hike this winter! Even at this quiet time of year there is so much to learn and enjoy out in the ... View Details

Garden Travels: Desert Southwest Flora with Carol and Hugh Nourse

    From: February 24, 2015 - February 24, 2015
Carol and Hugh are award-winning photographers who have traveled the world to observe and photograph indigenous plants. During this talk, they will ... View Details