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State Botantical Garden’s Horticulture Complex construction underway

Construction underway on the State Botanical Garden's Horticulture Complex

Athens, Ga. – Construction began this week on the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s new $2.5 million horticulture complex, a facility that will support the 313-acre public garden. This facility will include outdoor growing areas, greenhouses, spaces for repair and storage of equipment and offices for the horticulture staff.

“This behind-the-scenes facility is essential to the collections and displays throughout the garden,” said Shirley Berry, interim director. “Moving these facilities to this new location is another step in enriching the visitor’s experience and safety in the garden. Although the initial impact will be visible, soon this area will be screened with plantings. Maintenance equipment and delivery trucks will no longer need to intrude into public areas to reach the horticulture complex.”

In the International Garden, bog garden restoration and lawn resodding are taking place this week. The outdoor Sunflower Concert Series moved from the International Garden to the new 5-acre, terraced Flower Garden this summer. The Alice Hand Callaway Visitor Center and Conservatory renovation is nearing completion. Updates include new classrooms and a redesigned café.

Construction of the horticulture complex is scheduled to be completed in July 2010.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a “living laboratory” for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public.