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Demonstration gardens are often located in public spaces, such as at a library or the Extension office. Extension Master Gardener demonstration gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, offering living examples of plant choices or modeling gardening methods. Master Gardeners offer educational events at their demonstration gardens, such as walks, tours, and workshops.

Need plant inspiration? Visit a UGA Extension Master Gardener Volunteers demonstration garden near you! Free and open to the public, these gardens are like an outdoor classroom offering a great source of information and ideas for your own garden. 

The Grand Shakespeare Garden

Garden Name: The Grand Shakespeare Garden

County: Bartow 

Address: 17 North Wall Street, Cartersville, GA 30120

Description: A Shakespeare Garden is a themed garden that cultivates plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare.

Visitor Information: Free and open to the public daily.  Learn more here.

Garden Name: Rose Lawn Museum Demonstration Garden

County: Bartow

Address: 224 W Cherokee Ave, Cartersville, GA 30120

Description: Rose Lawn is a Victorian mansion that was built in Cartersville, Georgia, in the early 1900s by Sam P. Jones, the "Billy Graham" of the late-nineteenth century. Jones’ wife, Laura, developed the 4-acre estate into a beautiful garden area that featured 225 rose bushes, thus the name Rose Lawn.  The Rose Lawn Museum property is considered a historical demonstration garden providing community members with a perspective on the heritage of the roses and history of the site.

Visitor Information: Gardens open to the public daily for free self-guided walking tour. Museum Tours 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.  Museum Admission: Adults $7, Students (12 & under) $5. Learn more here.

Rose Lawn Museum Demonstration Garden
Buffalo Creek Garden

Garden Name: Buffalo Creek Garden

County: Carroll

Address: 900 Newnan Road, Carrollton  (Carroll County property next to the 911 building)

Description: The Buffalo Creek Garden is designed, planted, and maintained by Carroll County Master Gardener Volunteers.  Established in 1996, the garden is now the largest pleasure garden in Carroll County. Besides the lovely water feature, a gazebo, specimen trees, flowering shrubs, and perennials, the garden features sculptures and paintings by local artists as permanent features of the garden. It has become a favorite location for weddings, photographers, hikers, and those who just want to stop and smell the roses. The Buffalo Creek Garden can be accessed from the Carrollton Greenbelt through the Buffalo Creek Trail.

Visitor Information: The garden is open from dawn till dusk. There is a small parking area right at the garden or you can park in a larger parking area in front of the 911 building. No admission fee. Dogs must be leashed.

Garden Name: Backyard Agriculture Education Station

County: Cherokee

Address: 7345 Cumming Hwy, Canton, GA 30115

Description: The 0.2-acre garden focuses on backyard-scale fruit and vegetable gardening. It includes 10 raised beds, fruit orchard, berry plantings, trellises for vining fruits, and a native plant/pollinator habitat.

Visitor Information: The space is utilized for classes, trainings, and events, but as of now does not have standard drop-in times. More information here.

Backyard Agriculture Education Station
Cherokee County Demonstration Garden

Garden Name: Cherokee County Senior Services Demonstration Garden

County: Cherokee

Address: 1001 Univeter Rd. Canton, GA 30115

Description: This demonstration garden features a varied and beautiful selection of plants including individual gardens with themes like bogs, heirlooms, herbs and more.

Visitor Information: Parking on site and open during daylight hours for self guided tours. MGEV workdays are first and third Thursdays of each month from 10-noon if you would like a guided tour.

Garden Name: Fayette Education Garden

County: Fayette

Address: Heritage Parkway (Near the Fayette County Public Library)

Description: The Fayette Education Garden is a project run by Fayette County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The garden is divided into different theme gardens to include herbs, edibles, pollinator-friendly, native, bog, and keyhole. Volunteers use the space to provide hands-on educational activities throughout the year to youth and adults participating in Extension programs.

Visitor Information: Garden is open until dusk. Enter at your own risk and stay on the paths. There is lots of wildlife in the garden.

Fayette Education Garden
The Poetry Garden

Garden Name: The Poetry Garden

County: Forsyth

Address: 5010 Post Road Cumming, GA 30040

Description: At this garden, learn about edibles, natives, and shade tolerant plants.  Find many lively garden visitors every day.

Garden Name: Pollinator Garden at Hampton Park Library

County: Forsyth

Address: 5345 Settingdown Road Cumming, Ga  30041

Description: This garden was started as part of the Etowah Watershed project. It is a propagator and pollinators delight, and you can see many native pollinators here. In addition, there is a seed library inside the library.

Pollinator Garden at Hampton Park Library
Slow Pour Brewery Demo Garden

Garden Name: Slow Pour Brewery Demo Garden

County: Gwinnett

Address: 407 N Clayton St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Description: The garden interplants vegetables, pollinator plants and plants used to produce beer (hops, barley etc.). There is signage detailing pollinator facts, information about vegetable gardening and factoids about the plants used to make beer. Events like Arbor Day (ArPour Day) feature  Forest Service employees, nursery representatives, and brewery tours of the facility so people can see how the plants make it into the brew. Gwinnett MGEVs host a Great Georgia Pollinator Census count here every year and encourage customers to become citizen scientists. There are many children that come along with their parents to hang out and socialize, all age groups are reached at this garden.

Visitor Information: During the day Slow Pour is a coffee house, and at night a brewery. There is trivia, cornhole, and food trucks. The garden is open outside of business hours.  People are encouraged to stop and 'smell the flowers' at all times. 

Garden Name: Hafley Park

County: Houston

Address: 1527 Sunshine Ave. Perry, GA 31069

Description: Hafley Park is filled with a variety of plants. There are pollinator plants, a pizza garden, rock garden, composting and more! You can learn about all types of gardening, and Hafley Park has something for all ages to learn.

Visitor Information: Hafley Park is open to the public and free to visit. Classes held at the park are listed on the Houston County Extension website. There is parking right by the gate.

Hafley Park
Troup County Demonstration Garden

Garden Name: Troup County Extension Demonstration Garden

County: Troup

Address: 2168 Pegasus Parkway

Description: This is the first year of our Troup County Extension Demonstration Garden, which is located behind the Extension office. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are working on raised garden beds and the first wildflower seeds have started to sprout. MGEVs are looking forward to welcoming pollinators and enjoying the beautiful wildflowers this summer.

Visitor Information: If you want to know more about garden plans and projects, and other Extension Programs, please stop by the Troup County Extension office. 

Garden Name: Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center Ethnobotanical Garden

County: Union

Address: 195 Georgia Mtn Expmnt Sta. Blairsville, GA 30512

Description: This garden features a woodland trail, groundcover demonstration garden, fern garden, forage garden, bog garden, pollinator garden, and herb garden. Each of these gardens demonstrate plants that grow well in North Georgia under different conditions.

Visitor Information: Guided tours available on Mondays, May through September. Unguided tours Tuesday through Friday. Stop by GMREC office to check in before unguided tour.

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center Ethnobotanical Garden

Garden Name: Gold Medal Garden

County: Union

Address: 290 Farmers Market Way, Blairsville, GA, 30512

Description: Pollinator garden with plants that are well suited for Georgia. Features plants from the Gold medal program.

Visitor Information: No admission fee. This garden is part of the Union County Farmers Market. Visitors on Saturdays from June through October will also see hundreds of vendors at the Farmers Market.

Garden Name: The DIG (Discover, Inspire, Grow)

County: Gilmer

Address: Gilmer County Public Library (268 Calvin Jackson Dr, Ellijay, GA 30540)

Description: The DIG is the Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer teaching and demonstration garden. Built and first planted in spring 2014, the garden is designed to showcase best gardening techniques as recommended by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, to test new plants and growing ideas, and to provide a space for relaxation and enjoyment. The garden is also a certified Monarch Waystation. It is funded by community and Master Gardener donations and maintained by MGEVs who invite you to stop by anytime to enjoy the space and learn more about gardening.

Visitor Information: The garden is located at the Gilmer County Public Library and is open-access to the public. Visiting during library operational hours is preferred.

DIG Garden