Cherokee Garden Library

Over 28,000 books, photographs, manuscripts, seed catalogs, and landscape drawings are included in the Cherokee Garden Library collection. These rare and valuable resources tell the story of American horticulture and botanical history in the Southeastern United States and areas of influence throughout America, Europe, and Asia.

The collection is accessible to anyone interested in exploring gardening, landscape design, garden history, floral design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and plant ecology. While the collection is a focal point, the Garden Library also attracts a community of people who enjoy the year-round calendar of lectures, exhibitions, tours, and collaborations with partner agencies.

Southern Garden Heritage Conference: Olmsted's Legacy in the South

NOVEMBER 13 - 14, 2014


Frederick Law Olmsted is the father of American landscape architecture. The Olmsted legacy exist before us daily but often times it is not recognized. Presentations will relate to Frederick Law Olmsted and how his vision has influenced our present day landscape architecture. Sponsored by The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and UGA College of Environment and Design in cooperation with The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., Friends of The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center, and the Southern Garden History Society.





Learn and Be Inspired
  • Upcoming Programming

Celebrating 40 Years with Gardening Superstar, Ken Druse

      Wednesday, October 14, 2015

 “When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves.”  – Ken Druse


  • Ongoing Programming

Curatorial tours of the collection are by appointment. Contact Director Staci Catron at 404.814.4046 or via email. 

Explore the Collection

Open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

Help Preserve Rare Books through the Adopt-A-Book program

Donate Materials to the Collection

Find out what kinds of books and materials are needed in our collection.

Learn about Historic Gardens of Georgia

Review garden surveys conducted through the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative (GHLI) - a collaboration with the Garden Club of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service.