National Public Gardens Day

Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens and Cherokee Garden Library. The Atlanta History Center’s 33 acres are home to six historic gardens, each representing a period in Georgia history, from pre-colonial settlement to 1930s aesthetics. Paired with outdoor offerings is the Cherokee Garden Library, a bastion of resources that document the horticultural and botanical history in the Southeast. Unique to this year’s program are guest lecturers, an outdoor exhibit traveling from the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918, an in-house exhibition, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, and hands-on activities. Please join us at 5:00 pm for a small wine reception in McElreath Hall to mix and mingle with our living collection curators!  

Featured Speakers:

Staci L. Catron, Cherokee Garden Library Director, and Mary Ann Eaddy, Historic Preservationist, will discuss their new University of Georgia Press book, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens.

Book signing to follow
McElreath Hall, Member’s Room

Seeking Eden promotes an awareness of, and appreciation for, Georgia’s rich garden heritage. The stories of nearly 30 designed landscapes first identified in Garden History of Georgia, 1733-1933, published by the Peachtree Garden Club in Atlanta in 1933, have been updated and expanded. Beautifully photographed by James R. Lockhart, Seeking Eden provides a record of each garden’s evolution and history as well as its current appearance. Dating from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century, these publicly and privately owned gardens include 19th–century parterres, Colonial Revival gardens, Country Place Era landscapes, rock gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, and an urban conservation garden.  

There is a corresponding exhibition, Seeking Eden, on display in the McElreath Hall Gallery

Mike Sheil, 
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918
McElreath Hall, Member’s Room

Guided Tours

Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden

Swan House Gardens
11:30 am 

Smith Family Farm and Animal Husbandry
1:00 pm

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918
1:00 pm

Wood Family Cabin Gardens and Apiary
3:00 pm  


Create your own sachet with our garden herbs!
4H Potting Activity  

Admission to the gardens for National Public Gardens Day is free. Check-in is required. Access to the historic houses and Atlanta History Museum is included in the cost of general admission. For more information, please call 404.814.4000.