Sunday, January 12, 2014

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens



The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is located about ten miles southwest of downtown Savannah, Georgia. It's a fifty acre garden which is part of the University of Georgia.

The garden's collections began in 1890 when Mrs. H. B. Miller planted three huge Japanese timber bamboo plants. They had become a substantial grove in 1915, which got the attention of botanist, David Fairchild. His friend, Barbour Lathrop, purchased the site and added to the collection. In 1983 it was deeded to the University of Georgia and is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Today the garden has over 100 kinds of bamboo, making it the largest collection open to the public in North America.

While the gardens are noted for the remarkable bamboo collection (and bamboo maze), there are plenty of other flowers here.  There's a Mediterranean garden, a water garden which showcases a nine-foot waterfall, an orchid greenhouse, and a cottage garden with a white gazebo which is a popular site for weddings.


The gardens are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00.  Admission is free.

12 comments:

  1. Next time I'm in Savannah, I'll check it out!

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  2. I would love to check out that orchid garden - bet it's just gorgeous! The whole place looks amazing, and you can't beat free admission!

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  3. i feel like i've been there before? love savannah

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  4. I have always wanted to visit Savannah since I read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"!
    Now I have another reason to go; this place looks fascinating.
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    1. Savannah is a great place to visit. If you go, I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Savannah is one big garden unto itself. Everything is lush, thus I can imagine this coastal garden is fabulous. As fast as bamboo grows, I think I'd be afraid of the maze!

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    1. LOL! You might not ever come out of the maze!

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  6. Hi Sherry,

    What an inviting place that looks. Wonder if they would let me play around in there. All that bamboo might get you bamboozled :)

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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