Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Atlanta

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

This botanical garden encompasses 30 acres and is located in Midtown Atlanta, GA, adjacent to Piedmont Park.  Officially incorporated in 1976, the mission of this garden is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research, and enjoyment.”

The citizens of Atlanta petitioned in 1973, and as a result, the garden was officially incorporated in 1976.  The pre-existing Dr. A Leslie Stephens Memorial Bonsai Garden was incorporated into the garden and is now known as the Japanese Garden.

Many promotional activities occur at the garden, including social events, art exhibitions, and the annual Garden of Eden Ball.  In the winter, the garden offers a holiday light show featuring 1.5 million LED lights.

The Augusta Botanical Gardens

1450 Green St, Suite #15, Augusta, GA 30901

Formerly known as the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens, the August Botanical Gardens is located in downtown Augusta, GA on approximately 17 acres.  Until as recently as July 2007, the garden featured eight acres of display gardens lining the banks of the Savannah River. 

Due to financial problems, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame had to close the gardens, which resulted in almost all of the plants dying due to not being watered.  Although the state still owns the property, there is no funding for its maintenance or upkeep.

The residents of Augusta and several surrounding areas continue to maintain sections of the property for free.  This maintenance is done even considering the fact that the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame will allow no use of the property by anyone except to maintain it.

Some city officials and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue have put forth proposals to develop a section of the Botanical Gardens property for constructing a new baseball stadium for the cities Augusta GreenJackets.  It has also been proposed that the turf crew would be responsible for maintaining the gardens as a condition of the stadium’s operating responsibilities.

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