See Savannah’s History in Bloom at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm
2 Canebrake Road Savannah, GA 31419
Open: Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12 – 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 per adult; $3 per youth

Located 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is a destination worth the drive. More than 100 years ago, Barbour Lathrop purchased the bamboo grove for $5,000. It was used as Savannah’s first and only Plant Introduction Station to grow and evaluate plants from around the world. Many specimen plants and trees still remain in the garden for students to study and visitors to discover. The USDA closed the station in 1979. The property was deeded to the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture & Environmental Science in 1984, and later changed its name to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.

Still known to locals as “The Bamboo Farm,” the 50-acres of land has more than 30 features for guests to enjoy.

  1. Andrews Visitor & Education Center
  2. Formal Garden
  3. White Garden
  4. Sun Garden
  5. Woodland Shade Garden
  6. Water Garden
  7. Lakeside Pavilion
  8. Rain Garden
  9. Fruit Demonstration Garden
  10. Georgia Trustees Garden
  11. Crape Myrtle Allee
  12. Garden for All Abilities
  13. The Frank Williams Classroom
  14. National Champion Lord’s Holly Tree
  15. Pollinator Garden
  16. Conference Center
  17. Xeriscape Garden
  18. Mediterranean Garden 
  19. Bridal Cottage
  20. Superintendent’s Cottage and Cottage Garden
  21. Old Packing Shed
  22. Orchid House, Lath House, and Cold Frame
  23. Rivers of Iris
  24. Bamboo Maze and Tower
  25. Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail
  26. Tea Garden
  27. Palmetto Court
  28. Historic Japanese Timber Bamboo Grove
  29. Cold Hardy Palm Collection
  30. Native Plant Trail
  31. Teaching Garden
  32. Barbour Lathrop Bamboo Collection
  1. Walk through the gardens: Explore the many gorgeous blooms and plant life that are available at this historic 50-acre garden. Take in the beauty of the Camelia Trail, Rose Garden. Bamboo Collection, Daylily Collection, and the Orchid Greenhouse. 
  2. Participate in educational programs: The property is managed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Throughout the year, educational programs and other special events are held at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden. You can volunteer in the Georgia Master Gardener Extension program, complete a beekeeping course or attend events such as the annual Spring Fling in April and Holiday Lights Show in December.
  3. Enjoy the natural setting: Surrounded by nature, the garden area is the perfect place to move your body or slow down. After exploring the grounds, find your favorite spot to do yoga, read a book, have a picnic or whatever brings you the most joy.
  4. Snap a picture: Photography is welcomed for non-commercial purposes so don’t hesitate to take out your camera to capture some great shots in the beautiful garden. 
  5. Host your next event: The Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden has several indoor and outdoor options to host your next event. You can rent the Andrews Visitor & Educational Center, Frank Williams Classroom, Bridal Cottage, Carolyn W. Bryan Lakeside Pavilion, Bethel Burton Conference Center, gardens and gazebos for your event. 

Go ahead and make plans to enjoy the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and tell them your Travelhost sent you!

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