Just three miles from downtown Athens, Ga., the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia offers a variety of venues suitable for weddings and other special events. The garden’s facilities are catering-friendly and accommodate everything from presentations to wedding ceremonies and receptions. To speak with someone about reservations, please contact us at 706-542-6467 or sbgrent@uga.edu.

The garden also offers four birthday party programs designed for children ages 5-12. Each program includes one hour of educational and hands-on activities and use of the garden’s children’s classroom for cake and presents. Parties may only be held on Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, contact the education department at 706-583-0894. To pay for your party, click here.

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Please note, currently event size at our facilities may be based on University of Georgia guidelines for health and safety.

The Day Chapel

Celebrate your special day here at your local botanical garden!

Enjoy the majesty and intimacy of the State Botanical Garden’s Cecil B. Day Chapel for your wedding. The space, designed to harmonize with the surrounding hardwood forest, features a rich wooden interior bathed in natural light. An elaborately carved glass and mahogany entrance provides the picture-perfect gateway to a truly memorable experience. Outstanding acoustics accompany the Chapel’s visual beauty. The reception hall awaits downstairs, and its dining area extends onto a gorgeous terrace overlooking the nearby ravine. The Chapel was graciously gifted to the Garden by the family of Cecil B. Day. We hope it will come to mean as much to you as it does to them.

The Gardenside Room

The Gardenside Room

The renovated downstairs of the Visitor Center & Conservatory is the ideal setting for business presentations, family reunions or parties. The Gardenside Room is fully equipped for digital presentations and serves as a cheery lecture hall with bright surroundings. The room overlooks the International Garden and the Conservatory’s tropical collections. It also expands out onto the Gardenside patio, incorporating the warmth and scenery of the International Garden into the Gardenside Room experience.

The Great Room

Host an event with elegance, verdure and scale.
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The vibrant flora of the State Botanical Garden’s tropical collection bring beauty to the Visitor Center & Conservatory year round. No matter the season, the Conservatory Great Room offers the premier space to host a black-tie dinner, high school prom or company gathering. With dazzling lighting, high glass ceilings and exotic greenery the setting become more spectacular after sunset. Additionally, the Great Room is only a short walk away from the Day Chapel, making it a convenient place for a wedding reception. Of course, the Conservatory itself can also accommodate large wedding ceremonies.

The Terrace Room

Where your history meets our history.

The Terrace Room, located in the Garden Club of Georgia, is a versatile space, suitable for everything from an elegant wedding reception to a modern business presentation. The colonial decor provided by the Garden Club of Georgia adds a special sophistication to events. Outside, its expansive brick terrace overlooks lush native forests. With the magnificence of its stately ballroom, the Terrace Room is sure to impress guests of your next dinner, lecture, reception, celebration or company retreat.

Callaway Administration Building

Bring a refreshing change of scenery to your next meeting.
Photo by Ryan Holt.

The timber-framed Administration Building blends smoothly into its hardwood surroundings. The conference room, auditorium and lobby area provide for all of the needs of a large business gathering. Company retreats, educational programs and managerial conferences transcend the familiar business routine in this relaxed environment. The inviting atmosphere will ensure that whether you’re entertaining your coworkers or friends, they will be comfortable and content.


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