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State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor Center & Conservatory is located in the Center of the Garden. It houses event venues, Café Botanica, the Garden Gift Shop, and our Tropical Collection

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April 2017

Classic City BandSpring Concert

April 2, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

The Classic City Band is preforming their spring concert, featuring nautical themed pieces. This group never fails to entertain and sometimes brings a surprise guest or music piece. Liven up your weekend with the very popular and very talented Classic…

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Georgia Review Earth Day Celebration

April 19, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

The Georgia Review's eighth annual Earth Day event will include a talk by John Lane, Professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College and director of the college's Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Lane is the author of a dozen…

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Athens Flute Choir Spring Concert

April 30, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join the Athens Flute Choir for its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the State Botanical Garden Conservatory. The program, "Music of the World" will take you on a tour of iconic music from Russia,…

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May 2017

Norber’t B. MillerVisitor Center Art Exhibit

May 21, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Norber’t B. Miller was born in New Orleans in 1948. He spent much of his youth drawing and painting the wetlands and bayous of southern Louisiana. He received his bachelor degree from Memphis College of Arts in 1973 and his…

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Norber’t B. MillerOpening Reception

May 21, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join us for the opening reception for the Norber't B. Miller Art Exhibit.   Norber’t B. Miller was born in New Orleans in 1948. He spent much of his youth drawing and painting the wetlands and bayous of southern Louisiana.…

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Swing Night in the Garden

May 30, 2017, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Swing  Night Every Tuesday, the UGA Swing Club hosts Athens Swing Night, an event open to the community. It starts with beginner and intermediate lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by social dancing from 9-11 p.m. Many people purchase a card…

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July 2017

Paintings by Cameron Berglund Art Exhibit

July 9, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Cameron Berglund is a Georgia born landscape designer, illustrator and artist who just became a Double Dawg, completing his master's degree in landscape architecture.   "As an artist and designer I get to express and explore my creativity through a…

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Paintings by Cameron Berglund Opening Reception

July 9, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Cameron Berglund is a Georgia born landscape designer, illustrator and artist who just became a Double Dawg, completing his master's degree in landscape architecture.   "As an artist and designer I get to express and explore my creativity through a…

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August 2017

Eclipse Viewing Party

August 21, 2017, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Solar Eclipse Viewing Registration Has Closed Event Full Join us at the Garden as the sun, moon and earth align. We will have a limited supply of viewing glasses (you are encouraged to bring you own glasses), plus snacks, beverages,…

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Meet your Neighbours Visitor Center Art Exhibit

August 27, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

"Meet your Neighbors" Art Exhibit by Chuck Murphy and Jena Johnson   Have you ever felt the menacing stare of a vulture or cardinal? Did you know that insects are often covered with multicolored hairs of varying shapes and sizes?…

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Meet your Neighbours Opening Reception

August 27, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join us for the Opening Reception for Chuck Murphy and Jena Johnson   Have you ever felt the menacing stare of a vulture or cardinal? Did you know that insects are often covered with multicolored hairs of varying shapes and…

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Swing Night in the Garden

August 29, 2017, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Swing  Night Every Tuesday, the UGA Swing Club hosts Athens Swing Night, an event open to the community. It starts with beginner and intermediate lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by social dancing from 9-11 p.m. Many people purchase a card…

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October 2017

Salamander and Stream Ecology Ramble

October 14, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

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.  You'll learn about what salamanders are found around Athens and about the habitat conditions…

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Watercolors Visitor Center Art Exhibit

October 15, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

"Watercolors" art exhibit by Kie Johnson   Kie Johnson graduated from Skidmore College with a BS degree in art education. She later received her MAED from the University of Georgia. Retired from 30 years of teaching art in the public…

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Athens Flute Choir Fall Concert

October 29, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join the Athens Flute Choir for its fall concert, Autumn Sprits, which will feature works that will conjure images of the season with a nod to All Hallows Eve. Sponsored by Friends of the Garden

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Swing Night at the Garden

October 31, 2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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November 2017

Heritage Days Fall Festival

November 11, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

This festival will combine the very popular Fall Festival with a new celebration of heritage plants and history we are calling Heritage Days. The Heritage Garden has been finished since 2001 and it is high time we celebrate it and…

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December 2017

Georgia Children’s Chorus

December 3, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

In its twentieth season, Georgia Children’s Chorus is a 100-voice children's chorus in-residence at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music. GCC singers ages 7-18 in the greater Athens area receive professional choral training and have a lot of fun! …

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Classic City Band Holiday Concert

December 5, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

The Classic City Band is performing their lively holiday music during an evening concert in the festively-decorated Conservatory. This group never fails to entertain and sometimes brings a surprise guest. Liven up your holiday season with this always-popular, very talented…

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New Horizons Band Holiday Concert

December 9, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

The New Horizons Band is composed of members 50+ years of age that learned a musical instrument recently or returned to their musical instruments from earlier in life. They meet once a week to renew their love of music and…

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Holiday Open House

December 10, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

We will have the Visitor Center & Conservatory decorated for the season – and for you and your family to enjoy during our Holiday Open House. Santa will be available to hear Children’s wishes and our Education staff will help…

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Wreath Making Workshop

December 11, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Greenery Wreaths $30 General Admission, $27 Members Register Online Bring the colors of the season to your home with a live wreath that you make in this workshop. Wreaths are constructed on wire frames with greenery collected from the garden.…

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Swing Night at the Garden

December 12, 2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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January 2018

Hoppy Hour

January 17, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Hoppy Hour $7 General Admission Register Online What do Southern Brewing Company and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia have in common? We love plants, we love science, and we love beer which just happens to be a great byproduct…

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Orchid Madness – Opening Reception

January 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Orchid Madness: Opening Reception $50 General Admission Register Online Be among the first to see this year’s Orchid Madness display filling the conservatory. Enjoy live music and delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres as you view an exclusive one-night-only display of rare…

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Swing Night at the Garden

January 30, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on July 31, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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February 2018

Native Plant Symposium

February 1, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Native Plant Symposium $25 General Admission, $22.50 Members Register Online     Native plants are important for many reasons: they celebrate our region, they are well suited to grow in our area, they provide habitat, they are more digestible for…

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Orchid Madness – Repotting Class

February 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Orchid Madness: Repotting Class $15 General Admission Register Online The Northeast Georgia Orchid Society leads this hand-on workshop, where attendees can bring up to two plants and containers and work with an expert to repot their plants. Become a Sponsor…

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Orchid Madness – Orchid Class

February 10, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Orchid Madness: Orchid Class & Tour $10 General Admission Register Online Learn about orchids and their care from the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society. After the presentation, attendees are invited to the Horticulture Complex for a behind-the-scenes tour of the botanical…

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Valentine’s Dinner

February 14, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Valentines Dinner $75 General Admission per person Event Full Share a romantic dinner and drinks with your Valentine under the stars in a tropical conservatory, with live piano music. Every couple goes home with a beautiful blooming orchid plant. Please…

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Lunar New Year Celebration Family Fun Festival

February 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Lunar New Year Celebration $2 General Admission, Ages 2 & under Free Join us to learn more about Chinese culture and Lunar New Year traditions found throughout Asia.  Celebrating with music, food, literature, and art–making, we bring Grace Lin and…

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Orchid Madness – Vanilla Sunday

February 25, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Orchid Madness: Vanilla Sunday $20 General Admission Online Registration Closed. Tickets available at the Door Come celebrate the closing of Orchid Madness 2018 and the Vanilla Orchid with Freddy’s Frozen Vanilla Custard, a selection of delicious drinks, and a presentation…

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State Botanical Garden Volunteer Fair

February 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

2017 Volunteer Fair Register Online     Interested in volunteering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia? Our volunteers work beside garden curators, create flower arrangements, help decorate for events, help with concerts and family festivals, lead garden tours, proofread,…

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Dumpling Making Workshop

February 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Dumpling Making $30 General Admission, $27 Members Event Full Celebrate Chinese cuisine, as inspired by Yu Hua’s famous novel, “To Live,” by learning how to make Chinese dumplings in the pleated crescent. Dumplings have been prepared in China for thousands…

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Swing Night at the Garden

February 27, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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March 2018

Art Exhibit Ingrid Bolton

March 11 - April 29
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

          Georgia, Georgia, The whole day through,  Just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind.            A Song of you, Comes as sweet and clear, As moonlight through the pines. (Written by Stuart Gorrell, composed by Hoagy Carmichael…

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Friends Annual MeetingBusiness Meeting & Foodscape Revolution Talk

March 16, 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Friends Annual Meeting $10 General Admission, Members Free Register Online     Brie Arthur has fine-tuned her signature design technique of foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility.  Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie…

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Swing Night at the Garden

March 27, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on June 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on July 31, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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April 2018

Exotic Birds and Reptiles on Planet EarthFamily Day

April 7, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

Exotic Birds and Reptiles $5 per person or $15 per family Children 2 and under Free Roy Hodge, from Exotic Paradise in Atlanta, will educate and entertain family members with his menagerie of exotic animals. Discover amazing animal adaptations and…

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Southern Flame Azalea Art Show

April 8 - April 27
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map

To celebrate our signature plant, the garden has invited artists throughout the state to create works celebrating the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s 50th Anniversary signature plant: the Southern flame azalea. View a variety of styles and media. Don’t forget…

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Southern Flame Azalea Art Show Opening Reception

April 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join Friends of the Garden for an opening reception of our invitational Southern Flame Azalea Art Show. To celebrate our signature plant, the garden has invited artists throughout the state to create works celebrating the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s…

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Swing Night at the Garden

April 24, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on June 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on July 31, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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May 2018

Native Plants: who they are and ways our garden celebrates and protects them

May 11, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with us! Garden Director Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders will talk about the many ways the State Botanical Garden of Georgia champions our native plants – from coloring books to propagation methods to national award-winning conservation programs.…

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Mothers’ Day Concert Sights and Sounds of Music

May 13, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join the Athens Flute Choir for a program featuring familiar works that will conjure colorful images every mother will love! Sponsored by Friends of the Garden.

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Orchid Repotting Demonstration by the Northeast Georgia Orchid Society

May 20, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

NGOS members will discuss and demonstrate techniques and materials for repotting orchids and techniques for growing plants on mounts. For more information, email northeastgaorchidsociety@gmail.com.

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Art Exhibit Opening Reception Kenneth Storey

May 20, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join us for an opening reception for Kenneth Storey’s art exhibit of lithographs and photographs. Columbus, Georgia, native Kenneth Storey, a University of Georgia master’s student in lithography, brings his lithographs and photographs to the botanical garden. Landscapes are a constant subject…

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June 2018

North Georgia Daylily Show

June 2, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

The North Georgia Daylily Society will have a daylily show in our Visitor's Center on Saturday, June 2. A plant sale will start at 10:30 and the show will be open to the public about 1 p.m. (after judging). For…

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Swing Night at the Garden

June 26, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on April 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on June 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on July 31, 2018 at 7:00pm

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

Swing Night at the Garden $6 General Admission, $4 Students Pay at the Door Only Learn new dance steps, dance under the palms, or watch talented and enthusiastic dancers from seating beside the dance floor. Choose between an East Coast…

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July 2018

Classic City Band Annual Patriotic Concert

July 1, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center & Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map
Free

Join us in the air-conditioned conservatory to enjoy this popular annual concert filled with popular and patriotic tunes. This concert is always standing room only, so arrive early.

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