Over 30,000 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.
One of the special subject libraries of the Kenan Research Center, located in McElreath Hall, the Cherokee Garden Library is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.Curatorial tours of the collection are by appointment. Contact Director Staci Catron at 404.814.4046 or via email.
Cherokee Garden Library operations, programs, as well as collection expansion and conservation, are funded by individual contributions and grants.
Every gift, large or small, helps us continue to offer resources and programs enjoyed by gardeners, historians, landscape architects, ecologists, writers, students, and nature lovers.
The future of the premiere garden library in the South is ensured with a substantial endowment. Income from the endowment will provide for the continuation of professional leadership, acquisitions, conservation, and public programming.
Help Preserve Rare Books through the Adopt-A-Book program
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.