Visit: General Information

Welcome to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. We hope you enjoy your visit! Make your time at the Garden more relaxing by taking full advantage of our Garden Tours, Café and Gift Shop.

Contact Our Visitor Services Department Here


2450 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605

The State Botanical Garden, located approximately 70 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia, is a short drive from downtown Athens. Parking at the Garden is free. Click the above map for a detailed view of our grounds and parking areas, or click the button on the right to get driving directions from Google.


Grounds (Display Gardens and Nature Trails)


Tue - Fri



8 am - 6 pm8 am - 6 pm8 am - 6 pm8 am - 6 pm

Visitor Center


Tue - Fri



Closed9 am - 4:30 pm9 am - 4:30 pm11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cafe - Closed for November


Tue - Fri




Gift Shop


Tue - Fri



Closed10 am - 4 pm10 am - 4 pm12 pm - 4 pm

The Garden is open every day of the week with the exception of official University of Georgia holidays. Be sure to check the announcement section of our front page for scheduled and unscheduled closings.

UGA Bus Route

Riverbend and South Milledge

Common destinations include: Aderhold, Ag Hill, Ag Tech, South Milledge Greenhouses, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (contact UGA campus Transit for more information at 706-542-6220). Please inform your driver that you would like to visit the Garden. The route operates Monday through Friday from 7:00AM to 6:20PM.

What's the Cost?

Admission to the Garden is free!

The Garden is a gift to visitors and residents of the state of Georgia. There are no fees for parking and no charge for admittance. If you enjoy the Garden, please consider making a small donation at the visitors' desk or looking online for ways that you can support the Garden.

A Few Rules

While enjoying the Garden, please keep the following in mind: No dogs are allowed on Garden property. Don't pick the flowers. Please don't litter. No skateboards or bicycles on Garden paths.

Photography Policy

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a living laboratory, a horticultural research center, and a part of The University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach Division. It is also a very, very beautiful place. Due to this we ask our photographers to adhere to our policy listed to help us maintain the garden's beauty for all those that visit.

Garden Gift Shop

The gift shop is a destination for all things gardening. Through the windows one can see botanically-inspired local artworks. Inside, the space is filled with products by local artisans, including hand-crafted soaps, wax candles and honeys. Shelves of books containing gardening tips, natural history lessons and stories of local interest line the walls. The Garden Grower’s section even features items made by our very own volunteers, and the sale of these items benefits the Garden. Plants cultivated by the Garden staff are also sold in the gift shop. Purchasing these plants helps support our research and horticulture departments. Don’t forget that children like to Garden also! The children's section has games, books and child-sized tools to spark their creativity. Whether you’re looking for a book about local history or nature inspired jewelry, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift at our friendly, cozy store.

Garden Tours

The State Botanical Garden (SBG) is home to so many amazing areas, one can easily overlook a multitude of hidden gems. A guided tour is the best way to ensure that, during your visit, nothing slips you by. Tours are led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers. Our tours present a fascinating overview of the various gardens and collections, spotlighting areas that are currently in bloom. Planning a first time visit? The Garden Sampler Tour, an excellent introduction to SBG, takes visitors around three of our largest attractions: the Main Conservatory, the Heritage Garden and the collections of the International Garden.

Cafe Botanica

Coming Soon!

Hummingbird Trail

The Hummingbird Trail was researched and designed by Judy Royal Glenn for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The trail hosts 21 markers that show where hummingbirds frequent within the Garden. The trail is open from May 1st to approximately the first week of October when the hummingbird typically leave. Check the calendar for upcoming hummingbird classes and rambles. A Flickr page was designed to allow visitors an opportunity to upload photos taken of hummers in the Garden.

Contact Our Visitor Services Department

General Information

(706) 542-1244

The Garden Shop

(706) 542-6159

Donderos' Kitchen

(706) 542-6359

Andrea Fischer

Volunteer & Tours Coordinator

Mike Sikes

Garden Shop Manager