Celebrating 50 Years

A unique and beautiful space serving the citizens of Georgia since 1968. A unit of the University of Georgia’s Office of Public Service and Outreach, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is one of the state’s most treasured resources, attracting more than 230,000 visitors each year. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a short drive from downtown Athens and only an hour east of Atlanta. Admission and parking are free.

This is a special year!

Designated as the state’s botanical garden because, “in today’s world it is essential to a man’s well-being that tranquil sites be maintained where people can see and explore nature’s bountiful wonders. The botanical garden is one such place.” – Resolution to the General Assembly by Georgia Senator Paul Broun in 1984.

Delight in gorgeous garden displays. Explore five miles of nature trails. Connect to protect our native pollinators. Conserve wildflowers and imperiled species. Discover a new passion. Learn something new.

Since its establishment at the University of Georgia in 1968, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia has served Georgia’s diverse communities. We invite you to celebrate with us!

Friends of the State Botanical Garden

Joining our Friends group is the easiest way to become involved and benefit from the Garden’s many programs. This charitable organization supports the Garden’s work and mission while offering a closer connection to the people who make it grow.

To become a member today, click here.

Southern Flame Azalea
Anniversary Signature Plant

Native azaleas are known for outstanding fragrance and flower color, yet Southern flame azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) stands out for its vigor, delightful fragrance, and wide range of colors. This species is found throughout the eastern gulf states (Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida). Though it has a limited natural range, it is very cold hardy and can be grown throughout Georgia. It is probably the easiest species of native azalea to grow in Georgia. This plant will be sold in the Garden Gift Shop, plant sales and selected events.

Gardens of the World Ball
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Join us for the thirty-fourth Gardens of the World Ball to pay tribute to the state of Georgia, its heritage and the achievements of the garden’s first 50 years. The Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center will be transformed for a Georgia inspired dinner, live music and warm fellowship.Please contact Cheri Duggan at cduggan@uga.edu or 706-542-6654 for more information.

The State Botanical Garden through the years

Support the Garden

Help the Garden to grow by donating to the Garden Excellence Fund


50th Anniversary Events

Not only do we have a signature plant but we also have special events as part of our anniversary celebration.