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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

State Botanical Garden Photo Sharegroup

    From: September 03, 2014 - November 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday
The Photo Sharegroup meets at the Garden the first Wednesday of each month. Their meetings are devoted to sharing digital images from mostly outdoor ... View Details

Nature Ramblers

    From: September 04, 2014 - November 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Please join our 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

Art Exhibit: Carol and Hugh Nourse "Wild Flowers, Wild Places"

    From: October 12, 2014 - November 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Carol and Hugh Nourse are free-lance photographers specializing in plants and their habitats in Georgia and the Southeastern United States. Having ... View Details

Salamander and Stream Ecology Ramble

    From: October 25, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Join husband and wife herpetology team, Matt Elliott and Stacy Smith, for a ramble along and in the streams and wet areas of the Botanical Garden. Y... View Details

"Bugs @ Play", by Ann Blum - Book Release Party (Fall Festival)

    From: November 01, 2014 - November 01, 2014
  Garden volunteer Ann Blum has created the popular puppet shows for our annual Insect-ival Family Festival for the past 20 years. Each fun an... View Details

Fall Festival

    From: November 01, 2014 - November 01, 2014
Playing in the leaves? Making apple cider? Creating art out of nature? Learning about trees and leaves? What else would you think of to celebrate... View Details

Full Moon Hike

    From: November 06, 2014 - November 06, 2014
Come see the garden come alive at night! Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring fa... View Details

FRIENDS First Friday: Linda Chafin

    From: November 07, 2014 - November 07, 2014
Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist, will talk about the making of the book she and Hugh and Carol Nourse have recently completed, the "Field Gu... View Details

Johnstone Lecture: Frederick Law Olmsted in the Southeast

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 13, 2014
A former New York Times correspondent to the Confederate states and the manager of a California gold mine, Frederick Law Olmsted did not start h... View Details

Southern Garden Heritage Conference: Olmsted's Legacy in the South

    From: November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Frederick Law Olmsted is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. The Olmstead legacy exist before our very own every day eye... View Details

Fall Family Hike

    From: November 15, 2014 - November 15, 2014
Join Education Staff, Andie Bisceglia, for a family hike this fall! Learn about why leaves change color, what animals are doing to get ready for wint... View Details