Quick Visual Tour of the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

I wanted to roam a bit around Athens, Georgia, so I headed to Google looking for free things to do. One of the most highly reocmmended on the ‘to do’ list was a visit to the State Botanical Gardens.

Road to the Gardens

Free? Yes, free! 

I headed there, took advantage of my handicapped parking placard, pulled my walker out of the car, and headed in. I also grabbed my rain jacket since fat gray clouds threatened rain.

Free entry, but there was a $2 suggested donation. After dropping a $5 bill into the box, I stepped into the tropical garden greenhouse.

Bleeding Heart Vine
Fishtail Palm
Orchids, no labels
Bradissium Flyaway
Brazilian Candles

Then I headed to outdoor gradens but immediately fell into a conversation with a mother-daughter duo. The mom kindly offered to take my photo.

To the knot garden and herbal area.


Antique roses.

American Swamp Rose—delicious scent!
Cherokee Rose, the state flower of Georgia

To another area.

Bachelor Button, a favorite of mine
Prickly Pear and Sotol—I wondered if I’d time traveled back to Arizona!
Adam’s Needle
One of many birdhouses in the gardens
Unlabeled. Daylily?
Unlabeled. Begonia?

And back through the greenhouse to leave.

Catatante Orchid

There was much I didn’t see because I simply can’t stand long enough. The walker helped a lot and extended my range, but there was so much more!

I got to my car, stashed my walker, tossed my purse, water bottle and rain jacket in the car, and climbed in. As I reached my arm out to close the door, the threatened rains began.

Excellent timing!

Published by Emilie

I'm a retired instructor from a community college where I taught Developmental English and Reading as well as English as a Second Language. I'm also now a published author of a bilingual children's book entitled. Luisa the Green Sea Turtle - Luisa la Tortuga Verde del Mar. It's available from me, through Amazon, and is in a few (more and more each day!) bookstores.

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  1. Beautiful photos! My daughter in law and Larry graduated from the University in Athens!

      1. You should visit Greenville, SC! I’d love to live there if it was affordable. It’s lush and they get rain but the temperatures are almost equal to Bisbee.

      2. I’m kind of sticking with the Coast as I head north, unless it gets too hot. When I come back south, I’m going to go to the western side of North and South Carolina and then cut up to Louisville to see my sister. That could be a month from now. Maybe more!

  2. As always thank you for sharing your adventures and things I may not get to myself.

  3. Hi Emilie, good to hear your trip is still going well.

    Yes, that’s a daylilly and a begonia.

    Were you sure it was a sotol and not a yucca? I’d never noticed a sotol until coming to AZ, but lots of yuccas in GA—like that Adam’s Needle. There is at least one prickly pear species native to the SE.

    Enjoy your trip.


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