Plan Your
Gainesville Visit


October 2020

Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Garden
at a Glance

Take a look around before your visit. Use our comprehensive map to explore the many unique spaces found throughout the Garden.

Garden Map

Let Us
be Your Guide

Whether on a family adventure, or an afternoon stroll on your own, let us help you customize your Garden experience.

Garden Guide

Play, Learn and GROW!

Opened in 2020, the Ida Mae Pass Ivester Children's Garden offers unique opportunities for outdoor learning and fun.

Learn More

Explore a Woodland Oasis

The Gainesville Garden is more than just a garden - discover acres of natural woodland beauty by walking one of a multitude of maintained trails throughout the forest.

View Woodland Trails Map

Water Lilies

Beautiful water lilies blossom among other aquatic plants in the waters surrounding the Gainesville Visitor Center.

Learn More About the Forest Pond

Cascading Waterfalls

Discover multiple waterfalls and bridges beautifully intertwining with woodland trails as you explore the Gainesville Garden.

View Gainesville Garden Map

Garden Tours

Make your visit unforgettable. Choose from a variety of public, private, and educational tours.

Plan a Group Tour

Gift Shop

The Garden Gift Shop carries a variety of unique gifts for any occasion including jewelry, clothing, toys, and more.

Explore the Gift Shop

Visitor Survey

Please let us know how much you enjoyed your visit to the Gainesville Garden so that we can enhance the experience for everyone.

Complete Visitor Survey

to the Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, is located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. The entrance is off Cleveland Highway a 1/4 mile north of Limestone Parkway on what was formerly Lakehill Drive.

at the Garden

Free onsite parking available. For parking and transportation options during large events please see specifics on that page, as parking on-site will be limited to handicap visitors.

Garden Policies

Gainesville Garden Etiquette

To ensure a safe, enjoyable visit for all guests and to protect valuable plant collections, visitors must adhere to the following guidelines. Visitors who do not comply may be asked to leave.

Prohibited Items:

  • Nicotine products of any kind, including vapes
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Alcohol, fire arms, portable music players
  • Sports balls of any kind
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, remote controlled vehicles
    (adult-controlled strollers and wagons are permitted)

Appropriate Conduct:

  • Do not remove or collect flowers or plant material.
  • Stay on designated pathways at all times.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.
  • Climbing, running and sports/athletic games are prohibited.
  • Visitors are welcome to take photos and videos for personal use.
  • All professional photographic sessions must have an appointment, pay a fee in advance and abide by the (Garden photography policy).
  • Do not wade or swim in ponds or fountains.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Garden. Service animals are permitted.

Dress Code:

The Garden is a family-friendly environment. Appropriate attire is required on all guests at all times including shirts/tops, pants/slacks and shoes. Children only may wear swim suits in the Children’s Garden play fountain. Adults may not wear revealing clothing such as lingerie, bathing suits or cut-offs.

Garden Etiquette

Photography & Filming at the Gainesville Garden

Personal Photoshoot
Guests are invited to take photographs and videos of the garden for personal use. Personal photo shoots, including engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and family portraits are scheduled through the Private Events department in advance. All sessions require a booking fee.

Intimate Photography Session $100
Garden admission for up to 4 people for up to two hours. Count includes photographer, second, videographer, etc. Children 3 and under are excluded from count.

Party Photography Session $300
Garden admission for up to 10 people for up to two hours. Count includes photographer, second, videographer, etc. Children 3 and under are excluded from count.

Parties larger than 10 people are charged $8 per additional person. Photo shoots can only be accommodated during daytime business hours. 

See more details on all Photoshoots here.

Guests grant permission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville to utilize their image, likeness and/or sound recordings for the purpose whatsoever in perpetuity. All manner of drone photography and video of the Garden is strictly forbidden.

Contact the Special Events Department at 404-888-4762 to schedule a personal photo shoot.


Guests with Disabilities

Nearly all areas are accessible to guests with wheelchairs and scooters. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the Gainesville Visitor Center and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved.

For questions about accessibility, please call 404-888-4760, option 1.

Weather Policy

The Garden is open rain or shine. Nearly all the display gardens are outside, so dress appropriately for local weather. Refunds or rain checks on admission ticket purchases are not granted for weather-related reasons.

In the event of inclement weather that forces closure for safety reasons, the Gainesville Garden will post on all its Facebook page.