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FEATURED GARDENS

Featured Gardens

The diverse and growing collections at the Columbus Botanical Garden provide something for everyone to enjoy. From fragrant roses to vegetables, camellias to herbs and most everything in between, we’ve got a garden niche for you.

The Southern Terrace Gardens

Our Southern Terrace Gardens are composed of three tiered gardens sculpted out of the hillside above the historic Adams Farmstead.

Our Mothers’ Rose Garden

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    Stop to smell the roses

    The first addition to our terrace gardens, built in 2017, Our Mothers’ Rose Garden is the perfect spot for anyone to delight in the beauty of our various roses, perennials, annuals and herbs. Year-round color of companion plants paints this garden in beautiful hues of reds, yellows, pinks, blues, whites and greens. Sit and soak up the sunlight in one of the few seating areas while listening to the sounds of flowing water, and chirping birds, or bring a blanket and have a picnic amongst the petals on the garden’s grass lawn. Admire the stature of the Mister Lincoln tea roses, and enjoy the sweet, citrusy scent of the Double Delight, while appreciating the soft beauty of the Queen Elizabeth grandiflora as you stroll the paths and “stop to smell the roses”.
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    The Georgia Native Perennial Garden

    The Georgia Native Perennial Garden

    A Uniquely Georgian Collection

    The Georgia Native Perennial Garden features a collection of some of our state’s most unique, rare, and beautiful wildflowers and grasses.

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      The Ginkgo Shade Garden

      The Ginkgo Shade Garden

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        A Canopy of Spectacles

        The Ginkgo Shade Garden is composed of a vibrant canopy of Ginkgo biloba, with an understory of Japanese Maples. Capping off the plant list is a variety of ornamental shrubs and woodland perennials native to southeast Asia, the home of so many of our southern horticultural species.
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        The Adrienne And Wade Wallace Butterfly And Pollinator Garden

        Beautiful Butterflies, Birds and More

        This garden showcases the many plants available that will attract pollinators to your garden. Butterflies, honeybees, moths, hummingbirds are some of the many pollinators you can see visiting and collecting nectar and pollen. You can stroll along the paths to get up close and personal and see the seasonal changes that happen here. Make sure to look closely because you may see a caterpillar or chrysalis hiding under a leaf.

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          Sam M. Wellborn Camellia Garden

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            Endless varieties and Colors

            Just a short walk from the Adams Farmhouse and the Southern Terrace Gardens, The Sam M. Wellborn Camellia Garden is a true hidden gem of a landscape. Situated beneath a high pine canopy along the JoAnn Holt Walking Trail, our Camellia Garden is an impressive collection of over 750 varieties of these gorgeous shrubs from southeast Asia that have become a staple of our southern landscapes. Cultivars of Camellia japonica and reticulata species can be found here, as well as new and interesting hybrids that represent the cutting edge of Camellia horticulture.
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            The Cottage Herb Garden

            picturesque backdrop for special events

            This intimate series of “Garden Rooms'' serves as the flowing, green introduction to the Historic Adams farmhouse. A central Herb Garden acts as the hub from which visitors can experience the patio garden, the pollinator garden, and a mixed flowering border of annuals, perennials, shrubs and ornamental trees. The Cottage Garden’s location adjacent to the Farmhouse makes it a picturesque backdrop for special events of any kind.
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              Sally H. Adams Vegetable Terraces

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                a year-round spectacle of edible proportions!

                The Sally H. Adams Vegetable Terraces, built in 2017 adjacent to our historic “Gin House”, are a year-round spectacle of edible proportions! Winter greens like spinach and kale give way to Spring strawberries, and summer sings of tomatoes and peppers! Squash and pumpkins help wrap up the Fall season, but whenever you visit, you’re sure to see a beautiful bounty of fresh, organic produce. Find out more about our efforts to help with food deserts and fresh food insecurity within our community by stopping by and talking to one of our horticulturists. We partner with MercyMed and the Food Mill Farmacy to help provide healthy meals to those that can benefit from them.
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                JoAnn Holt Walking Trail

                Meandering through a quiet woodland

                The JoAnn Holt walking trail takes visitors on a mile-long, secluded loop that begins near Our Mothers’ Rose Garden, passes by the spectacular Sam M. Wellborn Camellia Garden, and ends adjacent to the garden’s parking lot. Visitors are welcome to walk their dogs on the trail (leashes please), but we ask that dogs not be walked on the rest of the garden property for the continued health of our plant collections. Thank you!
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