Join us outside May 12–21 for Go Public Gardens, an initiative of the American Public Gardens Association.
Go Public Gardens is an evergreen American Public Gardens Association initiative that encourages the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their communities. Go Public Gardens brings national attention to this campaign for one week during the summer; and Atlanta History Center is thrilled to highlight our Goizueta Gardens and associated offerings in support of this effort.
Our gardens include both paved and unpaved paths, and admission is included with a general Atlanta History Center ticket. Receive $5 off with code 5OFFGARDENS.
|McElreath Hall Atrium
|Michael Dreyer & Brett Bannor
|Smith Farm Barnyard
|Swan House Gardens
|Swan House Column Side
|Madison Love & Tiffanny Jones
Honoring the life of Goizueta Gardens namesake Olga “Olguita” C. de Goizueta, this ornamental garden is designed for the enjoyment of flowering and fragrant plants—a place of beauty for quiet reflection amid the hectic pace of city life.
This native garden contains herbal medicinal plants, the mysterious lost camellia, quiet waterfalls, and what is Georgia’s largest native plant collection in one place—25 feet down.
Explore a variety of heirloom plants, flowers, and animal breeds at Smith Farm.
Gardens of the spectacular Inman estate was designed by Philip Trammell Shutze from 1926-1928, the latter years of the Country Place Era.
An abundance of rhododendrons, small flowering trees, and eclectic ground covers.
East meets West in the plant world at the Sims Asian Garden.
Meander robust forest surrounding the Swan Woods Trail and consider yourself free to explore around the cabin.
Within steps of the Atlanta History Center Museum, reflect on the men and women who have served—and continue to serve—the United States of America.
The Entrance Gardens and 60-foot Tree Table are the newest additions to our campus and span eight acres, welcoming guests all year long.
Join us every Saturday for the unique experience of seeing one of our heritage breed sheep or goats on their weekly stroll across campus. Our Manager of Animal Collections can usually be found with a sheep by his side at the tree table in the Entrance Gardens between 2–2:30pm weather permitting.
Cherokee Garden Library collects and preserves works in gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, floral design, botanical art, plant ecology, natural landscapes, and cultural landscapes, including historic sites, designed landscapes, vernacular landscapes, and ethnographic landscapes.Explore now
Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, this onsite exhibition highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia’s past as well as their value and meaning within the state’s 21st-century communities.Learn more
Weather permitting, every Saturday afternoon between 2 and 3 it’s time for sheep to stroll and goats to promenade. That’s when Brett Bannor, Manager of Animal Collections, walks animals from the Smith Farm flock around the campus, giving visitors a chance to meet and learn about our heritage breed livestock.
As the days shorten and temperatures drop in autumn, plants begin a series of physiological processes to prepare for the cold. Plants are generally about the same temperature as the surrounding air, so to deal with cold they must employ alternative methods.
On October 30, 2023, Olguita’s Garden will celebrate its 5th anniversary! This special garden was created in honor of Olga C. de Goizueta. Special thanks to The Goizueta Foundation for their generous support of Atlanta History Center through the years, and specifically for their continued commitment to Goizueta Gardens.
Although in the heart of a busy urban neighborhood, the Goizueta Gardens are host to many species of native wildlife including six species of salamanders.
Reduce waste, enrich your garden, and create a valuable resource. At Goizueta Gardens, composting is key to our sustainable garden management. We collect veggie scraps, coffee grounds, hay, straw, pine shavings, and more to create the perfect compost pile. Interested in composting? It’s easier than you think! Follow our beginner’s guide to start composting today.
Honeybees battle immense pressure due to diseases, pests, lack of nutritious floral resources, and pesticide exposure (especially mosquito spraying). The Gardens staff bee team has recently rehomed a swarmed colony and expanded the apiary to include 6 thriving hives thanks in large part to donations received during their GivingTuesday 2022 Save the Bees campaign.
On December 24, thermometers dipped to 8 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature seen in our area since 2014. Damages to the gardens in the metro area as a result of this polar plunge are now fully manifesting, and Goizueta Gardens is no exception. All this carnage certainly brings a tear to every gardener’s eye but not everything is dead! Though it may seem that way initially.
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