State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA

State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is part of the University of Georgia. Come discover our display gardens, nature trails, and conservatory in Athens.
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It’s #FlowerFriday 🎉 The Yucca filamentosa, often called Adam’s needle or Spanish bayonet, is blooming throughout...
05/17/2019

It’s #FlowerFriday 🎉 The Yucca filamentosa, often called Adam’s needle or Spanish bayonet, is blooming throughout the garden. Native to the Southeastern United States, this is a great broadleaf evergreen shrub that adds interest and height to any garden and is also very easy to grow. You’ll find the pictured Yucca filamentosa in the Heritage Garden and the cultivar ‘Color Guard’ (on the left) is located near Freedom Plaza.

A beautiful picture as always from Judy Royal Glenn Photography. The Hummingbird Trail is a must-see when you visit the ...
05/17/2019

A beautiful picture as always from Judy Royal Glenn Photography. The Hummingbird Trail is a must-see when you visit the garden, and it wouldn't have been possible without Judy!

“Tiny-Jeweled Flyers”

I am delighted to say the Hummingbird Trail, which I researched and help design, at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is officially open this year. The trail maps are printed and waiting for visitors to get a glimpse of the tiny-jeweled flyers.

There are small numbers of hummingbirds right now. The best chance to see them in action is later in the season when lots of babies are born.

The hot markers to find them this week are #5 feeding on the purple salvia and feeding on the major wheeler trumpet honeysuckle at marker #19. This photo was taken Wednesday as I sat at marker #19.

Check out her face—it’s dusted with pollen!

Have you seen our new critter roaming the garden? This automated “goat” donated by My Goat is helping to keep our gr...
05/16/2019

Have you seen our new critter roaming the garden? This automated “goat” donated by My Goat is helping to keep our grass looking its best in an environmentally friendly way. (It may chew up grass like a real 🐐 but it’s not near as fun to pet)

Join us for our next #FullMoonHike this Saturday! We’ll explore the sights and sounds of the garden at night. t.uga.ed...
05/16/2019

Join us for our next #FullMoonHike this Saturday! We’ll explore the sights and sounds of the garden at night. t.uga.edu/4Yn to register.

We're looking for volunteers to serve as Junior Summer Camp Counselors! ☀️ This is a great opportunity for high scho...
05/14/2019

We're looking for volunteers to serve as Junior Summer Camp Counselors! ☀️ This is a great opportunity for high school students to help our young campers learn about the wonders of nature. Follow the link for more info, and email Berkeley Boone ([email protected]) to sign up! t.uga.edu/4XM

The focus of today’s #MeetUsMonday is our amazing Director of Education, Cora Keber! From adults gaining their Certifi...
05/13/2019

The focus of today’s #MeetUsMonday is our amazing Director of Education, Cora Keber! From adults gaining their Certificate in Native Plants to kids learning in Garden Earth Explorers, Cora helps to show that the botanical garden is more than just a collection of beautiful plants, it’s a place for visitors to learn more about the amazing natural wonders of our state. Thanks for all that you do Cora!

UGA Public Service and Outreach
05/13/2019

UGA Public Service and Outreach

Washington D.C. is buzzing with native plants thanks to UGA! 🐝

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA was one of 21 gardens selected to create a pollinator garden in the U.S. Botanic Garden for the American Public Gardens Association's annual conference in June. Shelly Prescott, director of horticulture at the State Botanical Garden, installed the garden last Friday.

We hope tourists enjoy the new pollinator garden!

#publicgardens19 #CapitalGarden

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!
05/13/2019

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!

Spigelia marilandica (commonly called Indian pink) is an easy-to-grow native flower that enjoys light shade and full-sun...
05/10/2019

Spigelia marilandica (commonly called Indian pink) is an easy-to-grow native flower that enjoys light shade and full-sun. Its bright red, tubular flowers are simply irresistible to early-season hummingbirds! When happy, it often naturalizes or seeds itself throughout the garden. You can find this especially handsome clump at the top entrance of the flower garden. #FlowerFriday 🌺

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!
05/10/2019

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!

Our native prairie restoration project is making progress! Sections of utility right-of-way that stretch through the gar...
05/09/2019

Our native prairie restoration project is making progress! Sections of utility right-of-way that stretch through the garden have been tilled, and native Little Bluestem grass and Broomsedge straw have been seeded. For more info on this project and the gift from Georgia Power that made it possible, check out the link. t.uga.edu/4Xp #nativeplants

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw all the beautiful things you see at the botanical garden? Then come join artist To...
05/08/2019

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw all the beautiful things you see at the botanical garden? Then come join artist Toni Carlucci next Tuesday (5/14) to learn some of the secrets to drawing plants, flowers, and other beauties of nature! This workshop from The Georgia Museum of Art ‏& The University of Georgia will use easy, effective, and FUN techniques you can practice at home. Space is limited to only 25 participants, so follow the link for more info and to register! t.uga.edu/4Ww

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!
05/07/2019

We couldn’t succeed in raising funds for native plant 🌱 conservation without the help of our sponsors! Thank you!

Botanical garden Director Jennifer Cruse-Sanders toured the state experiencing the natural beauty of Georgia and learnin...
05/07/2019

Botanical garden Director Jennifer Cruse-Sanders toured the state experiencing the natural beauty of Georgia and learning all about #UGA's land-grant mission at last year's #NewFacultyTour. Applications for the 2019 tour in August are now open, so if you're new to the university, follow the link to learn more and to register! t.uga.edu/4Wv

The botanical garden is committed to providing a fun, educational environment for kids of all ages, and that wouldn't be...
05/06/2019

The botanical garden is committed to providing a fun, educational environment for kids of all ages, and that wouldn't be possible with our Children's Program Manager Berkeley Boone! Whether it's home school programming, school field trips, or summer camps, Berkely is constantly working (but obviously still having fun) to make your trip memorable. Make sure to tell him hi the next time you see him at the garden! #MeetUsMonday

Just a reminder, the garden and all trails will close at 2pm today for our annual fundraising event. Regular hours resum...
05/04/2019

Just a reminder, the garden and all trails will close at 2pm today for our annual fundraising event. Regular hours resume tomorrow.

We are right in the heart of spring, and our Papavers (Poppy) 🌺 are blooming all over the garden! The gorgeous, red b...
05/03/2019

We are right in the heart of spring, and our Papavers (Poppy) 🌺 are blooming all over the garden! The gorgeous, red blooms of this annual beauty won’t last long however, so come visit us soon! #FlowerFriday 🌻

Summer Camps at the State Botanical Garden start next month, beginning with the University of Georgia Center for Continu...
05/02/2019

Summer Camps at the State Botanical Garden start next month, beginning with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel Summer Academy Camp, June 3-7. Designed for kids ages 11-14, campers will spend each day exploring the garden and working side-by-side with professionals in environmental fields like herpetology, horticulture, conservation, botany, aquatic ecology and more. Space is limited, so follow the link for more info and to register. t.uga.edu/4Wn

Attention garden fans! We are operating on a limited schedule this week due to the Gardens of the World Ball.The Visitor...
05/02/2019

Attention garden fans! We are operating on a limited schedule this week due to the Gardens of the World Ball.

The Visitors Center & Conservatory is CLOSED today through Saturday (5/4), while the entire garden will be closed at 2pm on Saturday. Normal operating hours will resume on Sunday. Please plan your visit to the garden accordingly.

The “Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens” class is coming up on Saturday, May 11! Come learn all about the importance ...
05/01/2019

The “Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens” class is coming up on Saturday, May 11! Come learn all about the importance of maintaining plant 🌱 and insect 🐝 diversity, the role of disease and pesticides on pollinator’s survival, and how to design your own garden to best help pollinators. Follow the link for more info and to register. t.uga.edu/4Wd

Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better place to celebrate your special day than at the State Botanical Garde...
04/30/2019

Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better place to celebrate your special day than at the State Botanical Garden! Our unique venues (including the iconic Day Chapel, the tropical Great Room, and more) combined with the garden’s natural beauty provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Follow the link for more info! t.uga.edu/4VS

The amazing real fossils in the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden came from a generous donation from Eric Shaffer an...
04/29/2019

The amazing real fossils in the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden came from a generous donation from Eric Shaffer and his wife Loretta Lee. You can see (and TOUCH) them for yourself on both the Fossil Wall and in the Sand Play areas of the garden. #SBGchildrensgarden

Now is a wonderful time to visit our newly re-designed iris garden, with many of our native Louisiana irises in bloom! T...
04/26/2019

Now is a wonderful time to visit our newly re-designed iris garden, with many of our native Louisiana irises in bloom! These irises range in color from deep purple to the bright white. Plant them your own garden in areas with full sun and consistently moist soils. Happy #FlowerFriday!

Join us Sunday morning at 8am for the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Spring Bird Ramble! Never been birding? No problem! ...
04/25/2019

Join us Sunday morning at 8am for the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Spring Bird Ramble! Never been birding? No problem! ORAS members will help you look and listen for all the spring migrators. Make sure to bring your binoculars! Follow the link for more info. bit.ly/2GAgMRL

Produce from the #SBGchildrensgarden was harvested today by The Campus Kitchen at UGA to give away as a part of their pr...
04/24/2019

Produce from the #SBGchildrensgarden was harvested today by The Campus Kitchen at UGA to give away as a part of their prepared meals. 🥬 Future programming at the garden will allow children to help harvest and taste produce while also learning about healthy eating and food insecurity. #UGAgrows 🥦

Looking for a tree to plant on #ArborDay 🌳 this Friday? Come by the botanical garden gift shop, where we have both Sw...
04/23/2019

Looking for a tree to plant on #ArborDay 🌳 this Friday? Come by the botanical garden gift shop, where we have both Swamp Chestnut and Cherrybark Oak trees for just $5! These gallon-sized, potted trees normally sell for $25, making them a great deal for you and the planet!

We celebrate the Earth 🌎 everyday at the garden, but on this #EarthDay let’s get started on the small steps we all ...
04/22/2019

We celebrate the Earth 🌎 everyday at the garden, but on this #EarthDay let’s get started on the small steps we all can make to help take care of it. #Composting, planting your own garden, #recycling, and even utilizing #NativePlants can all help in creating a healthier Earth!

The Georgia Review Earth Day Celebration is tonight! 🌎 Join us for a free talk and reception with environmental write...
04/22/2019

The Georgia Review Earth Day Celebration is tonight! 🌎 Join us for a free talk and reception with environmental writer and National Book Award winner Barry Lopez. He will discuss his new book “Horizon” with Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Visitor Center. Follow the link for more info. t.uga.edu/4Uy

It's a wet #FlowerFriday 🌷 today, but water only helps the multitude of flowers currently blooming in the garden, eac...
04/19/2019

It's a wet #FlowerFriday 🌷 today, but water only helps the multitude of flowers currently blooming in the garden, each with their own unique color and fragrance.

Highlighted here is the pink 'Do Tell' Peony (Paeonia lactiflora), the white-blooming False Indigo (Baptisia 'Alba'), the Athens Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus), and the dark red Iris nelsonii. Now is the perfect time to see these flowers 🌺 and so many more at the botanical garden. #UGAgrows🌼

Our gift shop has something special for everyone! Fill Easter baskets with games, books and 🐣 toys. Thrill 🌱 lover...
04/18/2019

Our gift shop has something special for everyone! Fill Easter baskets with games, books and 🐣 toys. Thrill 🌱 lovers with our native collection. We just stocked milkweed, perfect for attracting monarchs and other 🦋 #UGAgrows

Come out to the garden on Saturday for the first edition of our Performance Series celebrating the Alice H. Richards Chi...
04/18/2019

Come out to the garden on Saturday for the first edition of our Performance Series celebrating the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden! Experience music, laughter and connection to nature at the Theater-in-the-Woods, with performances at 9:30 & 11:00 am. Performances will be every third Saturday of the month and event will happen rain or shine. Check out the link for more info. t.uga.edu/4Uc

It's a beautiful night to swing by the garden and see all the amazing #LearningByLeading projects from #UGA students! Th...
04/17/2019

It's a beautiful night to swing by the garden and see all the amazing #LearningByLeading projects from #UGA students! They've worked with botanical garden staff throughout the semester to help address important environmental issues while also developing hands-on horticulture skills. #UGAserves

Come see the garden come alive at night during our Full Moon Hike 🌕 this Friday (4/19)! We hike up to 2 miles through...
04/16/2019

Come see the garden come alive at night during our Full Moon Hike 🌕 this Friday (4/19)! We hike up to 2 miles through the garden and wooded trails while learning about the moon, constellations, and nocturnal animals. Check out the link for more info and to register. t.uga.edu/4TH

Congratulations to our very own James Affolter, who oversees research at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. He was n...
04/15/2019

Congratulations to our very own James Affolter, who oversees research at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. He was named to the newly endowed Larry R. Beuchat Professorship for Annual and Perennial Ornamental Plant Research! Follow the link to read more about the great work James does and this new professorship. #MeetUsMonday t.uga.edu/4Te

On this #FlowerFriday, we want to know what flower/plant YOU’RE excited to pick up at tomorrow’s #Plantapalooza sale...
04/12/2019

On this #FlowerFriday, we want to know what flower/plant YOU’RE excited to pick up at tomorrow’s #Plantapalooza sale! Let us know in the comments, and if you haven’t seen the plant list yet, check out the link to see everything that will be available. t.uga.edu/4Sz

Mark your calendar for next Saturday (4/20) to attend our Landscaping & Planting for Pollinators 🦋🐝 class. You’l...
04/11/2019

Mark your calendar for next Saturday (4/20) to attend our Landscaping & Planting for Pollinators 🦋🐝 class. You’ll learn about the importance of pollinator interactions, plus which plant species work best in YOUR garden. Space is limited, so check out the link for more info and to register. t.uga.edu/4SI

The #Plantapalooza 🌱 plant list is here! Check out the link to see all the plants we’ll have on hand this Saturday ...
04/10/2019

The #Plantapalooza 🌱 plant list is here! Check out the link to see all the plants we’ll have on hand this Saturday from 8am - 2pm, as we team up with The Trial Gardens @ UGA and UGA Horticulture Club for the biggest plant sale of the year! 🌳 t.uga.edu/4Sz

The State Botanical Garden couldn’t exist without the help of our volunteers! From weeding and planting to helping wit...
04/09/2019

The State Botanical Garden couldn’t exist without the help of our volunteers! From weeding and planting to helping with the children’s garden to caring for our tropical plants in the conservatory—volunteers help this garden GROW 🌺 🌱 🍃 ☀️ Follow the link to learn more! t.uga.edu/3fU #UGAgrows

It may be gloomy, but the spring showers 🌧 help prepare the way for beauties like this Rain Lily (Zephyranthes robust...
04/08/2019

It may be gloomy, but the spring showers 🌧 help prepare the way for beauties like this Rain Lily (Zephyranthes robusta)

Today’s #FlowerFriday focuses on Silverbells, (Halesis) a group of native trees that is often overlooked in the frenzy...
04/05/2019

Today’s #FlowerFriday focuses on Silverbells, (Halesis) a group of native trees that is often overlooked in the frenzy of spring blooms. They are remarkably adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions and their bell-shaped flowers are irresistible to honeybees and our native #bumblebees! 🐝

#TBT to April 3-4, 1929, and the first meeting of the Garden Club of Georgia, held at the Bon Air Hotel in Augusta.These...
04/04/2019

#TBT to April 3-4, 1929, and the first meeting of the Garden Club of Georgia, held at the Bon Air Hotel in Augusta.

These photos are from a presentation by Barbara Bourque celebrating the history of the Garden Club of Georgia.

Join us in the new Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden next Tuesday (4/9) from 5-7 pm for our first-ever Tuesday Break...
04/03/2019

Join us in the new Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden next Tuesday (4/9) from 5-7 pm for our first-ever Tuesday Breakaway! Enjoy the spring weather, steel drum music, light hors d’oeuvres (including a build-your-own trail mix station), and 2 drink tickets, all for only $20. Check out the link for more info and to register. t.uga.edu/4RG

The Callaway Foundation was recognized with the Donor Impact Award at the #UGA Public Service and Outreach Awards lunche...
04/02/2019

The Callaway Foundation was recognized with the Donor Impact Award at the #UGA Public Service and Outreach Awards luncheon for its continued support of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

All azaleas are Rhododendrons, but not all Rhododendrons are azaleas- a common misconception even among seasoned gardene...
03/29/2019

All azaleas are Rhododendrons, but not all Rhododendrons are azaleas- a common misconception even among seasoned gardeners. Here in hot and humid #AthensGA we generally recommend #azaleas over rhododendrons because of their extra heat tolerance. We have many unique native species in Georgia and some have the added benefit of a honeysuckle fragrance. Pictured here are Rhododendron austrinum – Southern Flame azalea (native)
Rhododendron 'Olga Mezitt'- Hybrid azalea and Rhododendron canescens – Piedmont azalea (native). 🌺
Visit our shade garden and international garden for our unique displays of azaleas.

Stop in our gift shop to get ready for spring 🌸 with sun hats, bee 🐝 hives, jewelry and more!
03/28/2019

Stop in our gift shop to get ready for spring 🌸 with sun hats, bee 🐝 hives, jewelry and more!

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