The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden is a designed learning environment that combines a variety of garden features such as themed gardens, edible landscapes, hands on garden plots, and interpretive elements specific to the state that will be interwoven with educational programming.

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The overarching goal is to inspire children with a love of nature, and with 50,000 children expected to visit each year, the children’s garden is positioned to have a profound impact on young minds around the region. The design of the garden creates a ‘sense of place’ in Georgia by incorporating native plants and Georgia habitat gardens while highlighting natural processes such as pollination, soil composition, water, plants, insects, and animals. Children will learn as they explore an underground root system, see the forest from a bird’s eye view, recognize a cloud structure, climb up a spider web, discover a new vegetable or investigate the hidden world of worms. Some key components of the project include a canopy walk with multiple observation decks, the Theater-in-the-Woods, edible landscapes, an underground adventure area, pond, bog garden and many more interactive and educational elements.

This innovative and intentional learning environment emphasizes the importance of nature, healthy foods and healthy bodies.

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About Alice H. Richards

In appreciation for Alice H. Richards, 1931-2007, whose love for children and gardens inspired a legacy gift that will make this children’s garden possible. The mother of seven and grandmother of 24, Alice loved nature and desired a place at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia where children could experience the beauty of nature in an area all their own.