A Horticultural Resource Open to the Public
Way back when the property was a USDA plant introduction station, locals first affectionately dubbed us "the Bamboo Farm." Today, as a facility within the University of Georgia Extension, we are the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.
Located 10 miles southwest of historic downtown Savannah, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is also 19 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It is in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8b, with an annual average minimum temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, there are about 140 summer days with temperatures above 86 degrees.
Effective November 1, 2014, pets are no longer permitted within our gates on property. Thank you for helping us keep our plant collections and property safe and clean during our expansion.
WeekdaysBoth the offices and gardens are open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
WeekendsOn Saturday, the gardens are open 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Our business offices are closed on the weekend.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is closed on major federal or state holidays, including New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call ahead to confirm our hours if you are uncertain about holiday closings.
In addition, we are closed the Friday after Thanksgiving and the entire week from Christmas (December 25) through and including New Year's Day (January 1).
Current Growth and TransformationA Master Plan is guiding our current transformation and expansion from the historic Bamboo Farm into a fully developed, 51-acre botanical garden. Here's a concept drawing of what we will become over the next few years. Our Master Plan map was drafted by StudioOutside, a nationally recognized landscape archtecture firm based in Dallas, Texas. This firm recently completed the concept plan for our two-acre Childrens Garden.
At present, about 25 acres are under intense cultivation at CGBG. The majority of our existing gardens are to the right of our Canebrake Road entrance or immediately around the Andrews Visitor & Education Center.