OUR MASTER PLAN
Watch Our Garden Grow
Gardens grow! One of the things that make working at a botanical garden so unique is watching your workplace change before your eyes as each season paints the garden anew. Every so often in this cycle of continual evolution, a fresh perspective is needed to address how the physical garden is meeting the philosophical mission of the institution, and how to guide and shape future garden growth in the face of an ever-changing world. The Columbus Botanical garden is in the midst of just such a transformative period, and at the center of that change is a ten-year master plan recently developed by the garden in partnership with the Dallas-based landscape architecture firm Studio Outside. This plan calls for the development of unique landscapes as well as enhanced event and education facilities to truly leverage the power of our garden to improve the quality of life for residents of Columbus and the larger Chattahoochee Valley region. Use the links below to explore some of these groundbreaking new components of our plan. Special naming opportunities are a part of each of these new features. Please contact Chandler Collins, our Director of Development to explore how we can help you match a special gift with a garden feature that speaks to your special passion.
THE NEW COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN FEATURES
SIX DISTINCT GARDENS AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THEM.
GIN HOUSE EDUCATION AND EVENT CENTER & THE SALLY H. ADAMS VEGETABLE TERRACES
This collection of artful structures, anchored by our restored “Gin-House”, will play host to a gallery for rotating art and museum-style exhibits, an outdoor amphitheater for classes, musical events and theatrical performances, and an education and event annex for indoor classes, symposia and special events. Timbers salvaged during the removal of the 1840s era Eagle and Phenix dam on the Chattahoochee River in Uptown Columbus will find new life above-water in this construction project as we seek to celebrate our city’s unique industrial heritage. Sustainable architectural design and construction practices will inform the development of these buildings, with the goal being a complex of buildings that generate all their own electricity and harvest all needed gray water.
The Meadow features an event lawn surrounded by tall grasses and colorful wildflowers. Plants weave in and out bordering the meadow with many textures, ornamental trees and gentle fl owing grasses framing the hilltop lawn. A small pavilion, in line with a future Welcome Center, offers an additional place visitors to gather, rest and enjoy the peaceful and inspiring landscape at the same time serving as a venue for larger events including weddings, holiday festivities and concerts.
SOUTHERN TERRACE GARDEN
As the name suggests, this new landscape is composed of three, tiered gardens sculpted out of the hillside above the historic Adams Farmstead. Our Mothers Rose Garden, built in 2017 as an homage to our southern-style love affair with the ornamental rose in all its forms, will be joined in 2020 as we construct two neighboring gardens. One of these, the Georgia Native Perennial garden, will feature a collection of some of our state’s most unique, rare and beautiful wildflowers and grasses. The other new landscape in the Southern Terraces will be the Gingko Shade Garden. Composed of a vibrant canopy of Gingko biloba, with an understory of Japanese Maples, this collection will also contain several Asian architectural landscape elements such as stone lanterns, water basins and a small viewing shelter. Capping of the plant list will be a variety of ornamental shrubs and woodland perennials native to southeast Asia, the home of so many of our southern horticultural species.
It is important for children to cultivate a respect for nature at an early age. Studies show that spending quality time in nature during childhood can improve both physical and mental health outcomes and can lead to adults who are outspoken advocates for the preservation of natural spaces. Our Children’s Secret Adventure Garden is designed with these ideas in mind, and will function as both an engaging outdoor classroom and natural playspace where children and families can spend time together in a beautiful, natural setting while connecting with the special history and unique stories that can be told about our wild southern landscapes.