Friday, January 13, 2012

TGIT: Think Garden - It's Tuesday!

When imagining the perfect place to hear about gardens around the world, enjoy a far-from-average date, meet friends after work, stroll outside, take a class, pull out a sketchbook or engaging novel, or focus on a project with coffee and wi-fi, ‘Think Garden’ – The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, that is.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Garden in all seasons, even in the evenings. In the winter, enjoy dinner or a cup of coffee in the tropical conservatory, which is especially lovely at night. In summer, stroll outside in the evening hours or relax on the plaza” explains garden director Wilf Nicholls. “Our staff had several ideas to make the Garden more available to the public, so we created TGIT – Think Garden, It’s Tuesday!”

Garden classes and talks are often offered on Tuesday nights and may have a admission cost, but anyone can enjoy the art exhibit, free wi-fi, and special beauty of the Visitor Center great room until 8:30 pm for free. Donderos’ Kitchen and The Garden Gift Shop will have extended hours on Tuesdays and local musicians will perform.

On Tuesday, January 24, the first evening the Garden will stay open to the public, there will be both a class and a lecture offered. Botanically Inspired Silk Scarf Creations includes two dying techniques that will be taught by Lauren Zeichner of Good Dirt Art Studio during the 2 hour class ($36, register at or by calling 706-542-6136).

The Friends of the Garden and Friends of the Athens Clarke-County Library are cosponsoring a travel lecture series by noted horticulturist Allan Armitage. Each month through June Armitage will focus on a different country, starting with The Gardens of Ireland on January 24th. Also scheduled are talks about gardens in Japan, Wales, Eastern Australia, Western Canada, and New Zealand. Visit or call 706-542-6138 to register for the $10 garden talks.

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