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The southern Appalachian Mountains are home to an astounding array of native flora, many of which are highlighted in these gardens. Visit the Cannery Interpretive Center, stroll through the Ethnobotanic Garden and take a short walk on the Woodland Medicine trail. Come learn about how our ancestors and Native Americans used plants for food, fiber and medicine. Find out how "weeds" may provide homes to valuable pollinators.

Guided Tours of the Gardens are available on Monday mornings, May through September. If you would like to visit the Gardens Tuesday through Friday, please stop by our office to let us know you are on the property, and make sure the Gardens are open.

The Preservation Committee projects are staffed by volunteers. Volunteers maintain the Gardens on the first and third Mondays of the month, April through October. If you have an interest in gardening or native plants, feel free to join us at 9 a.m. Bring plenty of water for yourself and wear gloves, hat and sunscreen. For more information on one of these programs, or to volunteer, please contact Clare Johnston at (706) 745-2655 or email Please fill out one of these UGA Volunteer Agreement forms before volunteering. If you are a current volunteer, here is a Preservation Volunteer Time Record.

Boardwalks and Covered Bridge in the Ethno botanic Garden
The Cordier Covered Bridge, boardwalk and plants in the Ethno Botanic Garden
Visitors to the Ethno Botanic Garden
Visitors to the Ethno Botanic Garden