Next weekend in Athens, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host the grand opening of its Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden. The 2.5-acre garden is designed to be a destination for approximately 50,000 children each year to learn more about Georgia’s natural resources through planned activities, such as planting, and free play. The new garden features climbing walls, mastodon fossils, mushroom-like musical instruments and a tree house in the canopy to inspire and delight young minds. In addition, the garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for teacher-training and education research at the University of Georgia (UGA).
The grand opening celebration on March 23 will include music and dance performances on the Theater-in-the-Woods stage and the opportunity to obtain a Garden Earth Explorers passport, among other activities. Events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the garden, which is near the main UGA campus.
Photo by Shannah Montgomery, UGA Public Service and Outreach.