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Atlanta Botanical Garden

United States of America - Georgia - Atlanta

Institution Code: ATLAN

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

About the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban, non-profit Garden located just three miles from the city center in midtown Atlanta. Because of its proximity to downtown, the Garden is well situated and hosts a wide variety of public and private events and exhibitions. It occupies 30-acres adjacent to Piedmont Park, the most heavily-used public park in the city. The Garden encompasses 13 acres of woodland and 15 acres of cultivated gardens. Included among these gardens are two acres for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children’s Garden (1999), along with the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory (1989), the Fuqua Orchid Center and Center for Education and Conservation(2002), Gardenhouse, the administrative center (1985), and Mershon Hall for youth education and meeting room(2003). The Garden was organized by a grassroots group of citizens in the mid-1970s without benefit of financial bequest nor estate grounds, and is privately funded under the leadership of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director, Mary Pat Matheson. Responsiveness to the surrounding community has always been its touchstone. In Nov, 2007 the Green Expansion Plan broke ground, to build a LEED-certified Visitor Center with green roof, a green parking facility tucked into a steep hillside, a Canopy Walk soaring 40 feet into the tree canopy, a 95,000 gallon cistern to harvest stormwater runoff including a cascade and edible plant gardens.
Smithgall Woodland Garden is a 185-acre satellite garden 60 miles northeast in Gainesville, Georgia, scheduled to open to the public in 2014.

Main Address:
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Georgia 30309-3366 United States of America

Telephone: (404) 876-5859
Fax: (404) 876-7472
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mary Pat Matheson, President/CEO
    Curator's Name: Mildred Pinnell Fockele, VP of Horticulture; Ron Determann, VP of Fuqua Conservatories
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Michael Wenzel, Plant Recorder
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 21
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 20

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Y
    Status: State: N
    Status: Educational: N
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: Y
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 1976
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 11 Hectares
    Latitude: 33.7916847
    Longitude: -84.3722534
    Annual Rainfall: 1275 mm
    Altitude: 280.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 3902 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 72843 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Smithgall Woodland Garden, Gainesville, Georgia, USA 185- acres (75 hectares) projected opening 2014.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Smithgall Woodland Garden
  • Local Address: 351 Lakehill Drive Gainesville, Georgia, 30501 USA 770-287-0479
  • Locality: City: Gainesville
  • Locality: State: Georgia

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: N
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 6
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 500000
    Number of Volunteers: 500

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 20000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 12000
  • Special Collections:Acer (NAPCC co-holder), Araceae, Arecaceae, carnivorous plants: including Dionaea, Drosera, Heliamphora, Nepenthes, Pinguicula, Sarracenia (NAPCC holder), Utricularia; Coniferales, Epimedium, Ericaceae, Ferns, Gesneriaceae, Hamamelidaceae: particularly Hamamelis; Hosta, Hydrangeaceae, Iris, Magnoliaceae, Orchidaceae, Rosa, Theaceae: particularly Camellia; Tricyrtis, Trillium; southeastern USA native flora; Madagascar spiny forest flora: including Didieraceae, Onchorina & Pachypodium, old world tropical island flora: particularly Borneo, New Caledonia & Sumatra; old world succulent flora: largely Aloeaceae, Crassulaceae & Euphorbiaceae; plants of economic importance
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: N
    ABS Policy: N
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Y
    Plant Breeding: Y
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: N
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: N
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: N
    Molecular Genetics: N
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: N
    Systematics and Taxonomy: N
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: N
    Agriculture: N
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y