The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia offers a wide range of educational programs for adults with horticulture, ecological, culinary and artistic interests. Our Certificate in Native Plants program allows committed individuals to further their understanding and appreciation of Georgia plants while earning a professional certification.
Less formal programs, such as Garden Rambles, provide relaxing walks through the garden and focus on specific items of seasonal interest. From our many ongoing series to our extensive all-day symposia, adult programs at the garden strive to educate, enlighten and engage our visitors.
Friends of the Garden members receive a 10 percent discount on all classes.
Certificate in Native Plants
Have you ever considered a career in plan biology, plant ecology or horticulture? Ever wanted to assist in the conservational efforts of your local community? Our Certificate in Native Plants is the perfect opportunity for individuals to explore and develop these interests. The program includes a comprehensive series of courses that demonstrate the identification, cultivation and propagation of Georgia’s native plants while emphasizing participatory learning.
Courses are focused on the ecological significance of native plants and provide participants with the conservational know-how employed by hobbyists and professionals alike. Whether you are pursuing a career in plant conservation or simply seeking to become a more knowledgeable citizen, the Certificate in Native Plants will provide you with the tools necessary to do so.
The certificate requires 80 hours of participation: four 8-hour courses, six 4-hour electives, two 4-hour field trips and 16 hours of volunteer service. This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows participants to work alongside botanists, foresters, wildlife biologists and other garden staff and educators.
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Looking for exciting learning experiences that don’t require a long-term commitment? The garden offers several one-day symposia throughout the year. The Native Plant Symposium, an event co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, is held in late January. Check our website periodically to find out when symposia are scheduled.
Native Plants Symposium
The Native Plant Symposium, a one-day program co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, is an annual conference held every January. Topics change from year to year, and the symposium offers a full slate of events, including a native plant sale, presentations from Georgia conservationists and botanists, and an educational walk through the gardens and trails. This event also includes a catered lunch and a graduation ceremony for those who have completed our Native Plant Certification requirements. Look for our calendar of events listing in December.
Our Garden and Nature Rambles are informal walks through the gardens and trails that focus on natural areas and plants, flowers or trees of seasonal interest. These rambles are typically led by garden staff or University of Georgia professors with knowledge of that day’s particular topic.
Rambles are informal, and groups will often stop to observe and discuss insects, butterflies, birds and the area surrounding them. The ramble group meets at the Shade Garden arbor on Thursday mornings mid-February through mid-November, weather permitting. For specific details, please check out our calendar of events.
All walks are free and open to the public. Please note that some rambles may be strenuous or tiring for young children.
From Beekeeping for Beginners to Flower Arranging classes, the garden offers several ongoing program series throughout the year. These programs give individuals the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience on specific topics from experts in each field.
Programs range from two weeks to several months, depending on the content. For more information, visit our calendar of events.
Classes and Workshops
Our education department also offers one- and two-day classes and workshops for those looking for less of a commitment. These programs range from conservation and horticulture classes to art, photography and holiday decorating workshops, and they often only last two to four hours at a time. See our calendar of events for more details on these rotating courses.