The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden



In 2017, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia broke ground on the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden—the ideal place for children to play and learn in an environment that will inspire their sense of adventure, wonder and love for nature. This new garden will transform two and a half acres into a fun-filled educational environment for children of all ages.

With 50,000 children expected to visit each year, the Children’s Garden will be positioned to have a profound impact on young minds around the state. 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.

Not only will the Children’s Garden delight visitors of all ages, it will also provide the perfect outdoor classroom for teacher-training and education research at the University of Georgia. As part of the university, we have the resources to continually improve the ways we engage children with the natural world, and develop programming to be shared statewide that 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.