goGardenNow: Botanical Garden Events

Botanical gardens and arboreta play important roles in promoting environmental education, conservation of natural resources, and beautiful green spaces. Be sure to enjoy all they have to offer.  


The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University announces "Lunch + Learn" on Wednesday, November 14. The topic will be "When it Rains it Spores". $20 includes program and lunch.

Enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum through November 22 at the Dallas ArboretumAutumn at the Arboretum includes the amazing Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, full of pumpkin houses inspired by this year's theme, The Wizard of Oz. (TX)


Enjoy the Garden of Lights, December 2-23 and 26-30 from 5-9pm at San Diego Botanic Garden. After the sun goes down, the Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience!
Festive holiday activities abound including SNOW (on select evenings), horse-drawn wagon rides (also on select eveings), holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, hot mulled wine and refreshments. Enjoy great holiday entertainment every single night! (CA)

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Wisconsin offers workshops, special events and activities for all ages. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5653; boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
  • Holiday Gift Fair with Santa. Dec. 3.
  • Origami Ornaments. Dec. 5. $10/$15.
  • Holiday Wreath Making. Dec. 6. $30/$35.

The new Fresh For Kids program is designed to engage multiple generations in Heathcote Botanical Garden’s mission of education and the conservation of green space. These classes are the perfect opportunity for kids to have a creative experience in the garden. (FL)

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg

The Atlanta Botanical Garden unveiled a new 1.5-acre addition called Skyline Garden, the company in a press release announced recently. Skyline Garden would not only offer the Garden's "best views" of the city but would also be visible from many of Midtown's green spaces, including neighboring Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Beltline, according to the announcement. (GA)


The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a one-of-a-kind heritage location that was created to preserve some of the area’s most treasured gardens. The Garden is situated on approximately 10.5 acres adjacent to the North SeaTac Community Center. Included are two gardens that were physically moved to prevent their demolition during SeaTac Airport’s third runway project. You shouldn't miss visiting. (WA)

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