Enjoy the beautiful gardens and nature trails!
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a "living laboratory" for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The Garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public who find beauty, knowledge and solitude in a garden setting.
The Garden is located approximately three miles south of the University campus. It encompasses over 300 acres, much of which borders the Middle Oconee River, containing specialty gardens, special collections, and a three-story tropical conservatory, featuring a broad array of native and exotic plants. More than five miles of nature trails traverse the natural areas of the Garden.
Many educational programs and special events
take place during the calendar year.Nature Trails
Approximately five miles of nature trails wind through the Garden. A wide variety of natural physiographic features and plant communities can be found within the Garden's ecological areas—wetlands, floodplains, slopes, and upland plateaus. Successional stages range from beeches more than 100 years old to fields tilled for agricultural research as recently as 1960. Geographic disturbances caused by cotton farming, livestock grazing and fire have left their mark on the land; older hardwoods exist mainly on slopes too steep for terracing. The Garden in Autumn
Portions of the Orange Trail and White Trail parallel the shoreline of the Middle Oconee River which borders the western portion of the Garden. Small populations of wildlife such as rabbits, raccoons, opossums, fox and numerous bird species find the Garden a natural habitat. Birding is a popular activity at the Garden. The State Botanical Garden together with UGA's Whitehall Forest has been designated an IBA (Important Bird Area) by the Georgia Audubon Society.