351 Lakehill Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501
- I-985 North to Exit 24 (Gainesville, Cleveland)
- Left off ramp onto Hwy. 129 N
- Right at third traffic light on Limestone Rd./Hwy. 129 N
- Travel 2.1 miles and turn right following Hwy. 129 N
- Left onto Lakehill Drive (.2 miles)
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is scheduled to open a new garden in Gainesville to the public in autumn 2014.
- Smithgall Woodland Garden April 2013
Groundbreaking April 2013
Located in Gainesville, Georgia, on land donated by Charles and Lessie Smithgall, the Garden is destined to be one of the largest and most diverse woodland gardens in the country. Ground was broken in April 2013 on the first phase. When it opens to the public in the summer of 2014, the garden will feature a visitor center, amphitheatre and display gardens. Future phases will include a children’s garden and other features.
The Garden in Gainesville will be used to expand the Garden's current native plant conservation program, and endangered plants will be propagated on the site. The Atlanta Botanical Garden has developed a sophisticated horticultural operation and the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast on the property. Additionally, plants will be grown from seeds collected in Asia and evaluated for their suitability to southeastern landscapes. The wooded portions of the land will be maintained in their natural state. Other uses for the property include educational programs, cooperative programs with other environmental groups and land restoration.