Uga Botanical Gardens

Uga Botanical Gardens

Athens, Ga. – Jennifer M. Cruse-Sanders, vice president for science and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, has been named director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia, effective Feb. 15. Cruse-Sanders’ senior administrative experience managing botanical garden programming and personnel, her track record of raising funds to support those programs, and her energy and commitment to public gardens, made her the top candidate. “Jenny’s strong record of outstanding leadership at the Atlanta Botanical Garden make her ideally suited to lead Georgia’s State Botanical Garden,” said Jennifer L. Frum, UGA vice president for Public Service and Outreach, which oversees the garden. “I am confident that working closely with the board of advisors and the Friends of the Garden, she will be in a position to raise the profile of and support for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia throughout the southeast and the country.” Cruse-Sanders has worked at the Atlanta Botanical Garden since 2008. She was director of research and conservation before becoming a vice president. Prior to Atlanta, she spent nine years as a research associate at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. She has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in botany from UGA. She earned her B.A. in biology at Boston University. The State Botanical Garden serves UGA’s teaching, research and outreach missions, and is an extremely popular public garden. More than 235,000 people visit the Garden annually for educational programs, research, special events, and recreation. The 313-acre Garden includes a tropical conservatory/visitor center; the nondenominational Cecil B. Day Chapel; the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies; and a horticulture complex and nursery. The garden contains several theme gardens and five miles of nature trails through deciduous Georgia piedmont forest. Cruse-Sanders joins the State Botanical Garden as it prepares to break ground in October on the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden, named for a charter member of the advisory board and a key feature of the garden’s master plan. So far, UGA, in partnership with the garden’s board of advisors has raised over $4.2 million for the Children’s Garden and has received authorization from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to seek bids for a design professional and construction manager. The 2.5-acre educational environment will include a wheelchair-accessible canopy walk in the trees, a tree house, creature habitats, hands-on garden plots, an underground laboratory, edible landscapes, and a bog garden and pond. One component, an amphitheater in the woods, was completed in 2015. Cruse-Sanders follows Wilf Nicholls, who will retire on Jan. 31 after more than six years at the garden. Associate Director John Graham will serve as interim director from Feb. 1-14.
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Uga Botanical Gardens

In the summer of 2003, six UGA landscape architecture students spent about a week on-site developing the garden's master plan under the tutelage of faculty member Gregg Coyle from UGA's College of Environment & Design. The students started from scratch, walking the designs from conception to completion. They finished with a plan to convert a five-acre area that previously contained an agricultural plot, some open pasture, and forest into a low impact sustainable design utilizing many native plants. With the help of several key university figures, the plan has been implemented and now the new garden—Jardin Botanico de San Luis—is in full bloom, offering not only a delightful spot for a nature walk, but also an excellent educational opportunity for researchers and students alike. Ongoing additions include photometal labels being prepared at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to help visitors identify plants in the collections and along the trails. Interpretive signage also is being developed. Key Contributors:
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Uga Botanical Gardens

“Jenny’s strong record of outstanding leadership at the Atlanta Botanical Garden make her ideally suited to lead Georgia’s State Botanical Garden,” said Jennifer L. Frum, UGA vice president for Public Service and Outreach, which oversees the garden. “I am confident that working closely with the board of advisors and the Friends of the Garden, she will be in a position to raise the profile of and support for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia throughout the southeast and the country.”
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Uga Botanical Gardens

The State Botanical Garden serves UGA’s teaching, research and outreach missions, and is an extremely popular public garden. More than 235,000 people visit the Garden annually for educational programs, research, special events, and recreation. The 313-acre Garden includes a tropical conservatory/visitor center; the nondenominational Cecil B. Day Chapel; the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies; and a horticulture complex and nursery. The garden contains several theme gardens and five miles of nature trails through deciduous Georgia piedmont forest.
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Uga Botanical Gardens

Savannah’s transforming horticultural destination, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is part of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. We’re 51 acres of historic plants, ornamental gardens, lakes, early 20th-century buildings and modern pick-your-own berry fields. Once a USDA plant introduction station, today we are becoming a comprehensive botanical garden.
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Uga Botanical Gardens

So far, UGA, in partnership with the garden’s board of advisors has raised over $4.2 million for the Children’s Garden and has received authorization from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to seek bids for a design professional and construction manager.
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Uga Botanical Gardens

State Botanical Garden of Georgia Address 2450 South Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605 google map Direction Accessibility map search The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a “living laboratory” for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The Garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public who find beauty, knowledge and solitude in a garden setting. The Garden is located approximately three miles south of the University campus. Founded in 1968, it now encompasses more than 300 acres, much of which borders the Middle Oconee River. The Garden contains a number of specialty (theme) gardens, special collections, and a tropical conservatory which together feature a broad array of both native and exotic plant species. More than five miles of nature trails traverse the natural areas of the Garden where small populations of wildlife, particularly birds, can be observed.
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Uga Botanical Gardens

Monteverde is home to more than 3200 species of plants including 500 species of orchids and 700 species of trees. At the San Luis Botanical Garden we host a small representation of the magnificent diversity of plants from this part of the world. The Garden Manager, Lucas Ramírez, who has a deep appreciation and knowledge about the flora of Monteverde, offers a garden tour in which he explains in detail the importance of plant conservation and the use of medicinal plants.
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Enjoy the majesty and intimacy of the State Botanical Garden’s Cecil B. Day Chapel for your wedding. The space, designed to harmonize with the surrounding hardwood forest, features a rich wooden interior bathed in natural light. An elaborately carved glass and mahogany entrance provides the picture-perfect gateway to a truly memorable experience. Outstanding acoustics accompany the Chapel’s visual beauty. The reception hall awaits downstairs, and its dining area extends onto a gorgeous terrace overlooking the nearby ravine. The Chapel was graciously gifted to the Garden by the family of Cecil B. Day. We hope it will come to mean as much to you as it does to them.

The vibrant flora of the State Botanical Garden’s tropical collection bring beauty to the Visitor Center & Conservatory year round. No matter the season, the Conservatory Great Room offers the premier space to host a black-tie dinner, high school prom or company gathering. With dazzling lighting, high glass ceilings and exotic greenery the setting become more spectacular after sunset. Additionally, the Great Room is only a short walk away from the Day Chapel, making it a convenient place for a wedding reception. Of course, the Conservatory itself can also accommodate large wedding ceremonies.
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The Garden is located approximately three miles south of the University campus. Founded in 1968, it now encompasses more than 300 acres, much of which borders the Middle Oconee River. The Garden contains a number of specialty (theme) gardens, special collections, and a tropical conservatory which together feature a broad array of both native and exotic plant species. More than five miles of nature trails traverse the natural areas of the Garden where small populations of wildlife, particularly birds, can be observed.