Our Mission

As a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia creates and nurtures an environment for learning, inspiration and engagement through horticulture, conservation, science based programs and lasting partnerships.

Our vision is to be a garden that celebrates the best in southern horticulture, natural heritage, and culture through excellence in gardening displays and practices, and stewardship of healthy natural eco-systems.

Core Values

Education – As part of the University of Georgia, education is at the heart of all we do. We create an environment that stimulates and encourages learning at all ages and stages of life through hands-on experiential learning.

Inspiration – Our garden must engage, nurture and lift our spirits, touch hearts and stimulate our thinking.

Integrity – We act ethically and with respect in fulfillment of our mission and in our relationships with students, staff, volunteers, visitors and all members of our community.

Accessibility – Our garden must be accessible to all people.

Stewardship – We conserve endangered species, restore natural ecosystems, and model best practices in environmental sustainability for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Partnership – Our mission can only be achieved through strong and long-lasting partnerships locally, throughout the state, nationally and internationally.