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Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room

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State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States
706-542-1244 www.botgarden.uga.edu

The State Botanical Garden Gardenside Room is located in the Visitor Center and Conservatory. It is a meeting facility that is flexibly designed to house events ranging from Leactures and retreats to receptions or small dinners.

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March 2017

Build your own Natural FurnitureWith Bim Willow

March 25, 2017, 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Natural Furniture $46-$685 depending on furniture selection Registration Deadline is March 10, 2017 Register Online     Bim Willow is a nationally recognized furniture builder. He has been featured on HGTV and has been building furniture for 30 years. He…

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September 2017

September Friends First Friday Music at the State Botanical Garden

September 8, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States

Music at the State Botanical Garden $12 General Admission, $10 Members (Includes Breakfast) Register Online     The Athens Music Project is a Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster co-directed by Susan Thomas, associate professor of music and women’s studies, and…

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October 2017

October Friends First Friday Exotica in your Own Garden

October 6, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Exotica in your own Garden $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register Online Chuck Murphy, Athens-based award-winning nature photographer, will share his experiences in finding and photographing the unique and beautiful native flora and fauna in his own garden, yard, and ponds. It takes a…

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Holiday Flea Market

October 21, 2017, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

A special Christmas/Thanksgiving Holiday Flea Market will include holiday décor, jewelry, gift wrap, trees, ornaments, lights and so much more. For information on how to donate to this event, contact us at lpbryant@uga.edu

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November 2017

November First Friday Indigo’s Colorful History

November 3, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Indigo's Colorful History $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register Online Indigo (Indigofera suffruticosa), used to create blue dye, was an important crop in colonial Georgia and the Carolinas. Donna Hardy grows it today and knows its complex history. She will…

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December 2017

December Friends First Friday Using Greenery from your Garden

December 1, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Using Greenery from your Garden $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register Online Staff members Shelly Prescott and Connie Cottingham will demonstrate ways to use greenery and berries from your garden to decorate your home. Includes a full breakfast. Make reservations…

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January 2018

January Friends First Friday Orchids

January 12, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Orchids $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register Online Learn about orchids from an expert in the field and get a small sneak peek into this year’s Orchid Madness events. Includes a full breakfast. Make reservations by Jan. 5, 2018.

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February 2018

February Friends First Friday UGA’s Bee Lab

February 2, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

UGA's Bee Lab $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register Online Honeybees have been the official state insect of Georgia since 1975 and the subject of research and teaching at UGA for decades.  Learn from Keith Delaplane, director of the UGA…

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Garden TravelsWorking with Endangered Species in Hawaii

February 6, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Working with Endangered Species in Hawaii Heather will share stories of unique habitats and plants in Hawaii. Join us for the talk at 7 p.m., or come early to enjoy a light reception provided by Friends of the Garden and…

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Dragon Making Workshop Lunar New Year 2018

February 10, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Dragon Making $45 Per Family, $40.50 Members Register Online Since the Lunar New Year festival traditionally marks the beginning of the planting season in China, a major character is a dragon, bringer of rain and good luck. Sign up in…

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Dragon Making Workshop Lunar New Year 2018

February 11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Dragon Making $45 Per Family, $40.50 Members Register Online Since the Lunar New Year festival traditionally marks the beginning of the planting season in China, a major character is a dragon, bringer of rain and good luck. Sign up in…

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Forest Service National Botany Programunique places, native plants and pollinators

February 13, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Forest Service National Botany Program RSVP Online     The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is pleased to welcome William Carromero, the National Botanist for the USDA Forest Service, for a special evening conversation. The U.S. Forest Service is a…

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March 2018

March Friends First FridayContainer Gardening

March 2, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Container Gardening $12 General Admission, $10 Members (Includes Breakfast) Event Full     Delve into the wonderful world of container gardening with information on plant selection, types of containers, potting media, and more.  Curator of Seasonal Color Sheldon Jones will…

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Garden TravelsPhotos and Pestos of Italy

March 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Photos and Pestos of Italy Mercedes and John Dewey planned their trip and travelled to Italy for the first time, visiting Rome, Florence, Lucca and the five towns of Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast. Their trip included a hike…

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April 2018

Rethinking Annuals for Your Garden

April 5, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Rethinking Annuals Cost: $12 Member Cost: $10.80 Register Online     Don’t dismiss warm-season annuals, when there are so many great ones to choose from and our growing season stretches from April to November. Horticulturist Mike Sikes and landscape architect Connie Cottingham…

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April Friends First FridayUGA Trial Gardens

April 6, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

UGA Trial Gardens $12 General Admission, $10 Members Register Online     Brandon Coker will update us on happenings with the UGA Trial Gardens on campus, where breeders and growers send new plant varieties to be tested in the heat…

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May 2018

May Friends First FridayThe Overlooked Pollinators

May 11, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Cliff Brock $12 General Admission, $10 Members Register online Cliff Brock, Assistant Curator of Flower Garden and Chapel, will discuss often neglected and misunderstood pollinators, such as flies, wasps and moths. The talk will center on co-evolution of these insects…

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June 2018

June Friends First FridaySunflower Music Series

June 1, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Sunflower Music Series $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register online This year we celebrate the garden’s 50th Anniversary with a very special Sunflower Music Series season, starting with a celebration of 1968 (the year of the Beatle’s White Album). William…

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Summer Tree IdentificationCertificate in Native Plants

June 9, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Summer Tree Identification Elective $50 General Admission, $45 Members Register Online     About 200 tree species occur in Georgia’s Piedmont forests and woodlands. In this class, students learn to identify some of the most common of these by their…

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Introduction to Orchids By the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society

June 24, 2:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

What makes an orchid an orchid?  For the types that are cultivated, what are the basics of orchid care, including getting them to flower again?  NGOS member Dennis O’Connell will present an introduction to orchids.  Please bring any plants you…

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July 2018

July Friends First Friday Learning about Gardening

July 13, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory – Gardenside Room, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Learning about Gardening $12 Non Members, $10 Members Register online Staff member Connie Cottingham not only publicizes events at the botanical garden, she maintains the garden calendar for Georgia Gardening magazine and her own website and has attended many courses…

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