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National Botanical Garden of Georgia

The National Botanical Garden of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული ბოტანიკური ბაღი ), formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden (Georgian: თბილისის ბოტანიკური ბაღი ), is located in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, and lies in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge on the southern foothills of the Sololaki Range (a spur of the Trialeti Range). It occupies an area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.

Its history spans more than three centuries. It was first described in 1671 by the French traveller Jean Chardin as royal gardens which might have been founded at least in 1625 and were variably referred to as "fortress gardens" or "Seidabad gardens" later in history. The gardens appear in the records by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1701) and on the Tbilisi, map composed by Prince Vakhushti (1735). Pillaged in the Persian invasion of 1795, the garden was revived in the early 19th century and officially established as the Tiflis Botanical Garden in 1845.

From 1888 on, when a floristics center was set up, Yuri Voronov and several other notable scholars have worked for the Garden. Between 1896 and 1904, the Garden was expanded further westward. Between 1932 and 1958, the territory around the former Muslim cemetery was included in the botanical garden. Several graves have survived, however, including that of the prominent Azerbaijani writer Mirza Fatali Akhundov (1812-1878). The central entrance to the Garden is located at the foothills of the Narikala Fortress. The other, cut through the rock as a long tunnel in 1909–14, had been functional until the mid-2000s when the tunnel was converted into Georgia's largest nightclub "Gvirabi".

Tbilisi Botanical Garden and the ruins of Narikala

10 Best Gardens to Visit in Georgia

In the springtime, it seems that all of Georgia is in bloom. We've gathered the best places to see the most gorgeous gardens. Get your camera ready, and plot your route. These serene places will definitely improve your chi.

Due to COVID-19, some events might be canceled or postponed, and some destinations might have changed their visitation information. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans. For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

One of the most beautiful places in the city, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is constantly changing - from what's blooming to special exhibits. Kids will adore the award-winning Children's Garden, and the summertime Cocktails in the Garden events are the place to be for adults. The Fuqua Conservatory features the foremost collection of species orchids in the U.S., and the canopy walk gives visitors a unique perspective of the native plant life within the city. Don’t miss their satellite location in Gainesville.

Thomasville Rose Garden

Thomasville is known as the City of Roses, and the public Thomasville Rose Garden contains 1,500 rose bushes on five acres near downtown's Cherokee Lake Park. The garden is planted in four themed beds: Heroes, Holidays, Love & Cherish and Famous People. The park has restroom and picnic faculties, too, so plan to bring lunch to eat among the fragrant flowers.

The city celebrates the popular flower each April with the annual Rose Show and Festival. Visit then to experience all the festivities, including the special rose-inspired food and drinks at many of the city's great restaurants.

Callaway Resort & Gardens, Pine Mountain

Callaway Resort & Gardens is just more than one hour south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and contains more than 2,500 acres of gardens, trails and natural beauty. No matter the season, there is a reason to visit. Winter and early spring bring holly, camellias and daffodils. In late spring and early summer, Callaway's signature azaleas burst onto the scene, some reaching heights of 15 feet. In summertime, the butterflies come out. In fall, the maples, sweetgums, sourwoods, hickories and Japanese maples make for spectacular fall foliage.

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground

This treasure is "hidden" about an hour north of Atlanta. Gibbs Gardens is a 292-acre estate, 220 of which is the house and gardens, making this one of the largest garden estates in the nation. The garden is full of surprises from a "Monet" bridge to waterfalls (there are 19), ponds, trees sculptures and more. Don’t miss the springtime Daffodil Festival and the summertime Daylily Colorfest.

Hills and Dales Estate, LaGrange

Another grand estate is located southwest of Atlanta in LaGrange. The Hills & Dales Estate was built by Fuller Callaway. You might be familiar with one of his sons, Cason Callaway, who opened the nearby Callaway Resort & Gardens.

The Hills and Dales gardens include 175-year-old boxwood, a maze garden, greenhouse, herb garden and much more. Children under 6 years old are not permitted within the home, but families can visit the gardens for special events throughout the year, such as an annual picnic in May and stories in the garden in fall.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens

There is more to Athens than just UGA football. In fact, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens was named one of the best botanical garden in the United States by USA Today. And best of all, this 313-acre horticultural conservatory is free for kids and adults. So, grab a coffee at Café Botanical and stroll the many walking paths.

Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain

You may have seen the rural barns that extoll See Rock City, and they would be right. A true marvel of nature, the giant rock outcroppings at Rock City Gardens are a beautiful backdrop for more than 400 different native plant species.

Atlanta History Center

In addition to the museum and historic homes, the Atlanta History Center's 33-acre campus also boasts six distinct gardens among its 22-acres of green space. From the Swan Woods to the Sims Asian Garden, budding botanists and outdoor lovers will delight in the trails, trees and sheer variety of plant species (most native to Georgia) that abound. You'll love the views of the gardens from the Quarry Bridge, too – especially for photo ops.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

This historic public garden is located 15 miles from historic downtown Savannah. One of the most unique offerings at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is the historic bamboo plantings, many brought back from plant collecting trips to eastern China in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Some species are the first of their kind ever planted on North American soil.

The gardens are also known for their camellias. Peak flowering starts in October with tea and sasanqua camellias and continues through March with various hybrids. It is one of the most diverse and unique collections of species camellias in North America.

Guido Gardens, Metter

This meticulously kept garden in the middle of the state is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and has a Christian theme. Whatever your religion, you can enjoy the beautiful plants at Guido Gardens situated among natural water features like flowing fountains, and winding streams.

Here Are The Most 8 Beautiful Gardens You’ll Ever See In Georgia

“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If the above quote holds any truth, then these are some superbly well-cared-for gardens! It’s not spring anymore, but the flowers are still in full bloom. Check out the 8 most beautiful gardens in Georgia:

7. Dunaway Gardens – 3218 Roscoe Rd, Newnan, GA 30263

Dunaway Gardens is 6 miles north of Newnan and is a garden filled with serenity and beauty! With more than 25 acres of lush botanical gardens, it is a prime wedding location for Georgia locals.

8. Columbus Botanical Gardens- 3603 Weems Rd, Columbus, GA 31909

Come visit this beautiful garden in North Columbus for free! These gardens feature 22 acres of vibrant plant life. This destination is also an awesome event venue. Additionally, horticulture seminars and community learning is offered here.

Have you ever visited any of these gorgeous displays of botany? If so, are they really as pretty as the pictures? What are some other amazing gardens in Georgia that are not on the list? Share them (and a favorite picture) with us in the comments below!

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