Nourish & Flourish Capital Campaign
Meet the Challenge
Nourish & Flourish is allowing the Garden to realize a visionary Master Plan, maximize its acreage, build new destination gardens, reinvigorate much-beloved spaces, and enrich the visitor experience. You, as a supporter, have already benefited from many of the renovations funded by early Nourish & Flourish investments... from leafy green Gardens of Storza Woods to the delightfully reimagined Lou Glenn Children's Garden to the lovely Longleaf dining experience in the heart of the Garden's grounds.
About the Campaign
Visitors to Atlanta’s urban oasis have watched in amazement over the past several years as new gardens blossomed and facilities were improved through the ongoing $50 million capital campaign Nourish & Flourish.
“The plan is an organic continuation of the energy, creativity and success of the previous New Seasons capital campaign and positions the Garden to continue blossoming for years to come,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Anna and Hays Mershon President & CEO of the Garden.
Completed projects include new gardens in Storza Woods and along the eastern boundary overlooking Piedmont Park, a renovated Children’s Garden, a new full-service restaurant and additions to Gardenhouse and the Conservation and Training Center.
Much has been achieved through this campaign but there's still time to help. Learn more about how you can help the Garden grow.
Education Orientation Center
The Education Orientation Center wing on Mershon Hall, will help the Garden to work toward its goal of doubling the number of K-12 students served from 16,000 to more than 32,000 children annually. As the Nourish & Flourish campaign continues to gain momentum, we hope you will consider giving generously to ensure the success of this much-needed new facility that will help educate the next generation of environmental stewards and benefit the future of our planet.
Conservation and Training Center
Next up is a mission-driven project that will dramatically enhance the Garden's impact: the new Conservation and Training Center. New offices and laboratories will aid in the expansion of collaborations with research universities, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the Smithsonian, and other partners working to protect at-risk species. This spacious addition will also include a renovated horticultural work space and a training suite where Garden staff will train and collaborate with university students, interns, and international guests.
Gainesville Children's Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville Campus will add a fun-filled and educational Children’s Garden to delight visitors of all ages. A fanciful treehouse, a sunlit hillside meadow, and a series of winding paths through the forest will provide endless opportunities to imagine romp, and play.
The eagerly anticipated Skyline Gardens opened summer 2017, featuring formal flower borders, a renovated bog garden, and cactus and succulent displays set against a stunning backdrop of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. New garden rooms feature a must-see sequence of horticultural displays in the area around the Aquatic Plant Pond facing Piedmont Park. The immersive Flower Walk will lead from the Great Lawn to the new Robinson Skyline Overlook through innovative plantings celebrating the seasons.
Lou Glenn Children's Garden
As one of the Garden's most popular attractions, the Children's Garden has received a facelift with lots of new features and exhibits but with plenty of old favorites maintained as well.
When it opened in 1999, the Children's Garden was one of the first of its kind in the country. and now it is time to imagine a new chapter for future generations to enjoy. The re-envisioned garden, newly named the Lou Glenn Children's Garden, dramatically expands opportunities to engage children directly with plants by adding more bedding space for edible plants, places for kids to hide amongst grasses and willows, and close encounters with carnivorous plants. The new garden also abounds with opportunity for hands-on activity because the best learning for children is accomplished through play. In addition, one of the most popular features, the splash fountain, will be shifted from the garden’s entrance and expanded for more room to splash.
Fuqua Conservatory Renovation
Significant upgrades to the 23-year-old conservatory were essential to ensure the long-term sustainability of the building and the biodiversity it nurtures. The nearly completed project includes repairing and replacing the interior and exterior exposed aggregate concrete, an overhaul of climate control systems for the unique tropical environment and restroom renovations.
At this time, the Garden's most immediate need is to meet a $2.5 million challenge grant from a generous donor –– and we are looking to our supporters to help us reach this goal.