Monday, March 10, 2014

Join us for a reception and book signing at the Garden

Tuesday, March 11

Linda and James Hunt: Book Talk, Signing, and Reception

$5, reservations requested

Reception at 6:30 pm, talk at 7:30 pm

Visitor Center & Conservatory, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens


Join us Tuesday night for a reception and wine tasting with other garden, nature and history lovers, and husband-and-wife authors Linda and James Hunt. Linda and James will be signing books, and The Healthy Gourmet will be offering tastes of wines and cheeses during the reception. Linda has written “Bold Spirit”, an account of Helga Estby and her teenaged daughter Clara, who set off from Eastern Washington to walk across the United States in 1896 in an attempt to win a $10,000 wager and save her family’s farm. James Hunt recently published “Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68”. They will be sharing the podium for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s first annual Conservation Lecture. Info at or (706) 542-9353.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Exotic Birds and Reptiles on Planet Earth

Parrots and lizards and snakes, oh my!  Come see all of these beautiful creatures and more in the Garden for a morning of fun and excitement.  Prepare to be entertained and informed by Roy Hodge, from Exotic Paradise in Atlanta, and his array of exotic animals!  Crafts and activities will follow his presentation allowing you to learn even more about forest ecosystems. 
Tickets are $5 each or $20 per family.  Children 2 and under are free.

Just a few steps away in the Visitor Center Gardenside Room will be the first Springtime Artist Market!  Browse through original pieces created by local artists to decorate your home and also raise money for the new Children's Garden.  The market will be open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

For more information call 706-542-1244 or visit

(Please click on graphic to enlarge.)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Here are the top winners of our 2013 Art Competition.

First Place - "The State Botanical Garden of Georgia"
Sara Sturges, Watkinsville

Second Place - "Orchids"
Chelsea Morey, McDonough

Third Place, "Spiderwort"
"OC" Carlisle, Athens

Third Place - "Flowers of the Wild"
Analea Briceno, McDonough

Third Place - "Brown Thrasher"
Sara Sturges, Watkinsville

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Sara Sturges of Watkinsville, who won our 2013 State Botanical Garden of Georgia Art Competition. There were 57 entries, which very much impressed our judges. There is a glitch in getting all five winners (we had a 3-way tie for Third Place, including Sara's other entry) onto this blog post; we will post all five winners soon. In the meantime, here are the 2013 winners:

2013 State Botanical Garden of Georgia Art Competition

First Place:

Sara Sturges, Watkinsville                            Oconee County High School
   “The State Botanical Garden of Georgia” – digital

Second Place:

Chelsea Morey, McDonough                      Union Grove High School
   “Orchids” - Prismacolor

Third Place (Three-way tie):

Analea Briceno, McDonough                      Union Grove High School
   “Flowers of the Wild” – watercolor, ink

"OC" Carlisle, Athens                                       University of Georgia
   “Spiderwort” – colored pencil

Sara Sturges, Watkinsville                            Oconee County High School
   “Brown Thrasher” – digital

Certificates of Merit:

Andie Ashe, Athens                                        University of Georgia
   Untitiled – digital

Severen Brown, Athens                                                Athens Academy
   “Denizens of Detritus” - scratchboard

Erica Dutton, Rome                                         Armuchee High
   Ribbon Blooms” – pen, ink, colored pencil, marker

Sydney Fielding, McDonough                     Union Grove High School
   “Zinnias” – Prismacolor

Rosa Galdamez, Athens                                                Cedar Shoals High School
   “Saving Seeds in My Life” – oil pastel

Madison Hogan, Athens                                  Cedar Shoals High School
   “…Mother Earth Smiled” – watercolor, pencil

Jiade Li, Acworth                                              Furtah Prep
   “Inner Peace” – oil pastel

Natalie Pecasner, McDonough                   Union Grove High School
   “Lilly Pads” – Prismacolor, pencil, acrylic

Wick Prichard, Athens                                    University of Georgia
   “Southeastern Soil Ecosystem” – digital

Allison Rautmann, McDonough                 Union Grove High School
   “Flower” - Prismacolor

Thy Vo, Lawrenceville                                    Berkmar High
   “Connected” – digital

Trisha Walden, Commerce                           East Jackson Comprehensive High School
   “The Simple Life” – ink

Yan Lin Yang, Acworth                                    Furtah Prep
   “Rose” – pencil

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sculpture created by land artist Chris Taylor and children in the Garden.

Land artist Chris Taylor has posted photos of "Wooden Trail," an art installation that he created with children during our Fall Festival in October. Take a look at, then come to the Garden to see it in person.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Healthy Cooking for the Family, Healthy Cooking with the Family

A delightful evening at the State Botanical Garden with an author speaking about healthy cooking from your garden, a book signing, tastes of recipes prepared by Slow Food Greater Athens, plus a wine and cheese tasting by The Healthy Gourmet – all for only $12.

Limited tickets available - get yours at or by calling 706-542-9353.


 Healthy Cooking for the Family, Healthy Cooking with the Family

An evening celebration at the Garden to inspire and relax you into the holidays.

Family is gathering, schedules are filling, lists are building. You need inspiration for healthy food to cook for and, even better, with your family. You also need ideas for holiday and hostess gifts. And, oh yes, you could use a date night with your spouse or a night out with friends.

On Wednesday, November 20, the Garden will be celebrating the beginning of the holiday season with a wine and cheese tasting coordinated by The Healthy Gourmet of Athens from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Visitor Center & Conservatory. At 7:00 Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of Greek Revival From the Garden, will discuss cooking healthy, fresh foods to please the entire family, how she uses her garden harvest in the kitchen, and container gardens for Mediterranean cooking. Slow Food Athens will provide tastes of food cooked from recipes in the book. And to inspire holiday shopping, the Garden gift shop will be open for the evening and Patricia will be signing books after her talk.

Tickets are $12 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 706-542-9353 or visit

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Celebrate Nature and the Changing Seasons at the State Botanical Garden’s Fall Festival

Bring the family to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Saturday, November 9 for a Fall Festival celebrating nature, discovery and creativity. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm children and their families will be able to learn about migrating birds, build structures using natural materials, play in fall leaves, create arts and crafts, and taste familiar and maybe not-so-familiar fall harvests. Local artist Chris Taylor will create an outdoor land art installation during the festival, guiding children to help with this creation. This event is free, but donations for the planned Children’s Garden will be accepted.

Before the free festival, the Family Hiking Club that will meet in front of the Visitor Center at 9:00 am. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes to explore the woods, streams, and gardens. Cost for the Family Hiking Club is $5/person or $15 per family (children 3 and under are free.)

For more information about these events call 706-542-6156, email, or visit