The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia sits on 313 acres of land. It is located at 2450 South Milledge Ave. a few miles from the University of Georgia.
The garden is open every day except for Mondays and depending on the season you visit the hours are listed here. The admission is free and it would make a great day trip to enjoy with the whole family. Each month the gardens has a list of events that can help you plan your trip accordingly.
The Botanical Gardens also have tours for people who are visiting for the gardens for the first time. The tours are done by the volunteers and they will lead you to three large attractions, the main conservatory, the heritage garden and the international garden. Or if you are the adventurous type, you can explore the gardens on your own.
When you first walk in the gardens it is a paradise for photographers and painters. There are several paths you can walk that are lined with different colorful flowers. As you walk along the trails in the springtime, the air is filled with the scent of wisteria and other aromatic flowers.
Inside the conservatory you will find many different tropical flowers including orchids, angel trumpets, bleeding heart flowers and a lot of other tropical plants and trees. There is a little cafe inside called Dondero's Kitchen where you can sit and enjoy a lite snack and beverage. Before you leave you will want to visit The Garden Shop which has a children's section, art from local artist, SBC merchandise for souvenirs, plants and books.
If you plan ahead, the gardens has a beautiful large green lawn where you can have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view. Visiting the garden can be a whole day event. There are so many different trails and paths you can walk. Each tree and flowering bush and are labeled so you will know the scientific name and what region the flowers originates from.
When visiting Athens, Georgia be sure to stop by The State Botanical Garden of Georgia it is a tourist attraction you would not want to miss.