The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a stunning range of collections, displays and trails. Here, our devoted horticultural staff take a moment to introduce them to you.
The Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden
In 2017, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will break 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.
The Flower Garden’s collections weave a rich tapestry of garden flowers, celebrating their beauty and universal appeal. Since flowering plants co-evolved with their pollinators, these collections also reveal the necessity of protecting those hardworking insect species.
The heritage garden is a place where our history comes alive. Pass-along perennials remind us of our grandmother’s garden, and the brick walls and symmetrical hedges evoke the early gardens of Savannah, Charleston, and the rural South. I particularly enjoy growing historical crops such as cotton, tobacco, rice, and indigo.
Some visitors are reminded of working in the fields, while others experience these important plants for the first time. Visit in the springtime to see azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and old-fashioned roses in bloom; or come in the autumn and winter to see the winter veggies, confederate roses, and ripening citrus fruit.
The State Botanical Garden’s greenhouses are not just oases of botanical diversity and delight; the growing space they provide is an integral part of the Garden. The products of these greenhouses can be found in the display bed at the front entrance on Milledge Avenue, throughout the grounds and around the buildings. Annual color display production, tropical plant collection management and propagation for plant sales and special events are just a few of the many services the Garden’s greenhouse facility provides.
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 hummingbirds 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.
Hummingbird Trail Maps are available at the Visitor Center Front desk or by download here.
As a nature lover, I am happiest when it surrounds me. I have hope that, in a world of hustle and bustle, people will still take time to smell the roses and appreciate the great outdoors. I am wild about the International Garden because I feel it has something for everyone. I have favorites in the Garden, but nonetheless I enjoy being able to see the subtle day-to-day changes the most.
Shade and Native Flora Gardens
The Shade and Native Flora Gardens are at their peak in the spring when dogwoods, magnolias and azaleas are bursting with color! The Native Flora Garden is especially enchanting as we watch spring ephemerals and wild flowers bloom in succession—almost every day brings something new!
The fall is also a great time to see the glorious colors of the Garden as the leaves change from green to reds, yellows, oranges and purples. When the weather is cool, it is time to start looking for the Camellias to shine! In the summertime, it is a great Garden to have a leisurely stroll to stay cool in the shade.
Trails and Nature Areas
I am Wade Seymour, grounds foreman here at the Garden. I have seen many changes and additions over my 20 plus years working here. I am a graduate of the Warnell School of Forestry and have hiked many trails in the Appalachians and out West.
My responsibilities include overseeing large construction and maintenance projects when curator crews need help. I take care of most of the non-theme areas of the Garden properties. The road corridors, parking lot landscapes and many of the building landscapes are my areas of responsibility. I also take care of our equipment. Our five miles of trails and two miles of electric deer fence take up a lot of my time.
Tropical Conservatory, Herb and Physic Garden
I like to share the beauty of the Gardens and provide a learning experience for our visitors. In the Herb and Physic Garden, always be on the lookout for unfamiliar plants or something very familiar featured for an unfamiliar use. For instance, I’ve included in the Garden a pot of Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) to show that a plant you’d probably never want in your Garden has beneficial uses.
Stinging Nettle is used as a textile dye, a nutritious food source and a textile fiber. It has several medicinal uses including the treatment of arthritis. In the Visitor Center, you’ll find an ever changing display of tropical plants in the areas surrounding the Great Room (upper level). Showy specimens from our Tropical Greenhouse Collection are featured in the Conservatory throughout the year. You never know when you’ll see an Ananas comosus (Pineapple) with ripening fruit or the amazing flower of the Aristolochia gigantean (Brazilian Dutchman’s Pipe).