In June of 1998, Philip M. Adams rendered a rough design of a botanical garden for his post graduate thesis project. Months later, the George M. Adams family set aside about 20 acres for the creation of a botanical garden. This was the beginning of the conception of the Columbus Botanical Garden. In 1999, the Columbus City Council officially approved its development.
From its’ founding in 1999, the Columbus Botanical Garden (CBG) has been a steward of a 20 acre rolling property located about 6 miles northeast of downtown Columbus (*property has now grown to 36 acres, 4 of which are developed with a 10 year plan for more development). This preserved jewel of pine and hardwood forest is a remnant reminder of the native central Georgia landscape that is becoming more scarce as the region continues to develop.
In May of 2021, the garden hired Adriana Quiñones to continue the momentum of developing the gardens. She serves on the American public Gardens Association Board of Directors and co-chairs the IDEA committee. She has worked in Public Gardens since 1998. Her focus is on making the garden an indispensable part of the Columbus community and developing partnerships that will propel the garden forward with its newly developed mission: CBG celebrates the beauty, inspiration, and wonder of the natural world, educating current and future stewards of its care.
The future is bright as we look in the coming years to projects such as the renovation of the Gin House into an educational facility and the development of a Children’s Garden. Upon your visit, be sure to take a look at our master plan, which is displayed in the Adam’s Farmhouse for a complete overview of what is to come.
***CBG is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS for the tax year 2022.***