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The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia is a local gem located a short drive from downtown Athens. With 313 acres, the garden has something for everyone including five miles of nature trails, 25 acres of picturesque theme gardens and a three-story conservatory with gift shop and cafĂŠ. Beyond that, the garden is a center for botanical research and groundbreaking conservation efforts, hundreds of education programs for adults and children, and a premiere location for weddings and events. No matter your interest, the garden has something special to offer you!
Venue Policies Tou rs
We offer guided tours of each facility in compliance with the event schedule. To schedule a tour during the week, please call (706) 542-6154. All weekend tours must be scheduled with the rental office at (706) 542-6467 or email@example.com.
p ora ry
If you are interested in a specific date for a venue, you may place a complimentary temporary hold. This hold is available for one week. During that time, you will receive a sample contract for review. At the end of the hold, a signed contract and security deposit are due.
De p os i t
The damage deposit is fully refundable after the event assuming there are no damages or additional fees. The damage deposit may not be applied to the rental fee. Damage deposit prices vary. There is a twenty percent facility (venue) deposit due with the signed contract and damage deposit that is credited to the rental fee.
Re n ta l Fe e s
The final rental fee is due two months prior to the event date. Payments may be made in the office, over the telephone, online (https://t.uga.edu/2SO), or by mail. Rental prices vary by venue, time, day and month. For an official price quote, please contact the rental office at (706) 542-6467 or sbgrent@ uga.edu.
Re n ta l Block s
We offer three rental block options: day, evening, and full-day. The day rental is from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The evening rental is from 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m. A full-day rental is a 10-hour block of the renterâ€™s selection between 8:30 a.m. and 12 a.m. Some facilities are restricted to specific rental blocks. Setup and cleanup must be completed within the rental block. We recommend the renter begin the event at least one hour after the rental start time and conclude the event at least one hour prior to the rental end time.
Di s cou n ts
We also offer a fifty percent discount for licensed nonprofits and UGA departmental events paid for with UGA departmental funds.
Venues Ca te ri n g The garden does not provide catering. All caterers must be selected from our vendor list, available on our website. Caterers may be added to the list; additional paperwork and fees apply. Please note that each catered event requires an additional surcharge, charged to the caterer, to offset costs and maintenance from hosting events. Catering surcharges vary according to building. Typically, the caterer will handle setup and cleanup. The renter must arrange this with the caterer directly. If the event will not be catered, the renter is responsible for all setup and cleanup. Setup may not begin until the rental start time and cleanup must be completed by the rental end time. The garden recommends at least one hour for setup and one hour for cleanup. Do not start your event less than 30 minutes after the rental start time or end your event less than 30 minutes prior to the rental end time. Cleanup sheets are provided to the renter for each venue. Incomplete cleanup may result in additional fees or loss of the security deposit.
Alcoh ol We are part of the University of Georgia campus. All events must abide by the UGA Alcohol Policy. In addition to the UGA Alcohol Policy, each venue has additional restrictions. Please review each venue for specific limitations. All venues restrict the use of kegs.
De cora ti on s The garden does not permit open flames out of doors. This includes, but is not limited to, sparklers, candles and heaters. All outdoor heaters must be electric. No birdseed, glitter, confetti or real flower petals may be thrown outdoors or indoors. Only silk petals may be thrown indoors. Indoor lighting, floral arrangements and other dĂŠcor must be freestanding. Items may not be attached to posts, plants or walls. All items must be removed from the building after the event as part of the cleanup process.
Day Chapel Enjoy the majesty and intimacy of the State Botanical Garden’s Cecil B. Day Chapel for your wedding. The space, designed to harmonize with the surrounding hardwood forest, features a rich wooden interior bathed in natural light. An elaborately carved glass and mahogany entrance provides the picture-perfect gateway to a truly memorable experience. Outstanding acoustics accompany the chapel’s visual beauty. The reception hall awaits downstairs, and its dining area extends onto a gorgeous terrace overlooking the nearby ravine. The reception is also available as a meeting space and is equiped with projector and screen. The chapel was graciously gifted to the garden by the family of Cecil B. Day.
In clu d e s
The Day Chapel is availa ble in two rental packages: sanctuary or sanctuary with reception hall. Both rental packages include access to two seperate dressing rooms. The sanctuary package includes use of the 116-seat upper level and access to dressing rooms for the bride and groom on the lower level. The sanctuary with Reception Hall package offers access to the entire space and all its furnishings. This includes use of the catering kitchen, tables and chairs, the outside patio and the reception hall, which is large enough for 65 guests seated or 130 guests gathered. The catering kitchen is equipped with convection oven, microwave, warmer, refrigerator, freezer, ice machine, dishwasher and sinks. Caterers must furnish their own racks for the dishwasher and trays for the refrigerator and warmer.
Re s tri cti o n s
The chapel only permits champagne, champagne punch, white wine, and non-alcoholic beverages to be served. No red wine or punch, beer or liquor are permitted. All indoor flames must be in a votive or globe. No flames are permitted outdoors, including sparklers. Only silk petals may be thrown indoors. No items may be thrown outdoors.
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2 round 36” 5 round 48” 4 round 60” 3 rectangular 4’ x 30” 3 rectangular 6’ x 30”
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3 rectangular 8’ x 30” 4 highboy tables 90 stacking chairs 20 folding for patio use
Terrace Room The Terrace Room, located in the Garden Club of Georgia headquarters, is a versatile space, suitable for everything from an elegant wedding reception to a modern business presentation. The colonial decor provided by the Garden Club of Georgia adds a special sophistication to events. Outside, its expansive brick terrace overlooks lush native forests. With the magnificence of its stately ballroom, the Terrace Room is sure to be an enjoyable site for your next dinner, lecture, reception, celebration, or company retreat.
In clu d e s
The Terrace Room of the Garden Club of Georgia holds 130 seated guests or 200 standing guests. The rental includes use of the ballroom, terrace and catering kitchen. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee. This facility has a fully equipped catering kitchen including a convection oven, microwave, warmer, refrigerator, ice machine, dishwasher and sinks. Caterers must furnish their own racks for the dishwasher and trays for the refrigerator and warmer. The Terrace Room is also equipped with audio/visual capabilities including a podium with microphone, projector with screen and auxiliary plugs.
Re s tri cti o n s
The Terrace Room prohibits red wine and red punch. All indoor flames must be in a votive or globe. No flames are permitted outdoors, including sparklers. No items may be thrown outdoors. All decorations must be freestanding. Tables/chairs l 1 round 48” l 22 round 60” l 4 rectangular 5’ x 30”
l 4 rectangular 8’ x 30” l 160 stacking chairs l 20 folding chairs for patio use
Visitor Center & Conservatory The vibrant flora of the State Botanical Garden’s tropical collection bring beauty to the Visitor Center & Conservatory year-round. No matter the season, the conservatory great room offers the premier space to host all types of receptions, a black-tie dinner, high school prom or company gathering. With dazzling lighting, high glass ceilings and exotic greenery the setting become more spectacular after sunset. Additionally, the great room is only a short walk away from the Day Chapel, making it a convenient place for a wedding reception. Of course, the conservatory can also accommodate large wedding ceremonies.
In clu d e s
The entrance plaza, foyer, patio, standard furnishings, and catering area are all included when you rent the great room. The conservatory holds 200 seated guests and up to 300 standing guests. The conservatory and patio combined can seat 250 guests. If hosting a wedding ceremony and reception in this space, we recommend a guest count of 160 or less. A tent rental is recommended for patio events. The catering area includes refrigerator, freezer, ice machine, sink and dishwasher. Caterers must furnish their own racks for the dishwasher.
Re s tri cti o n s
This facility is only available for rental during the evening. No kegs are permitted at the conservatory. All indoor flames must be in a votive or globe. No flames are permitted outdoors, including sparklers. No items may be thrown outdoors. All decorations must be freestanding. Tables/chairs l 2 serpentine l 1 round 36” l 25 round 60” l 3 rectangular 6’ x 18”
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5 rectangular 6’ x 30” 5 rectangular 8’ x 30” 4 highboys 250 stacking chairs
Gardenside Room The renovated downstairs of the Visitor Center & Conservatory is the ideal setting for business presentations, family reunions or parties, especially bridal and baby showers. The Gardenside Room is fully equipped for digital presentations and serves as a cheery lecture hall with bright surroundings. The room overlooks the International Garden and the conservatory’s tropical collections. It also expands out onto the gardenside patio, incorporating the warmth and scenery of the International Garden into the Gardenside Room experience.
In clu d e s
The Gardenside Room accommodates 48 seated guests. The rental also includes use of the adjoining patio, which increases that capacity by up to 30 guests – assuming fair weather conditions. A refrigerator and ice machine are available for use as well. The Gardenside Room is also equipped with Audio/Visual capability including a podium with microphone, projector with screen and auxiliary plugs.
Re s tri cti o n s
No kegs are permitted at the conservatory. All indoor flames must be in a votive or globe. No flames are permitted outdoors, including sparklers. No items may be thrown outdoors. All decorations must be freestanding. Tables/chairs l 12 square 4’ l 1 rectangular 6’ x 18” l 4 rectangular 8’ x 30”
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6 round patio tables 52 armchairs 24 patio chairs
Administration Building The timber-framed Administration Building blends smoothly into its hardwood surroundings. The conference room, auditorium and lobby area provide for all of the needs of a large business gathering. Company retreats, educational programs and managerial conferences transcend the familiar business routine in this relaxed environment.
In clu d e s
The conference room, auditorium and lobby area of the upper level are all included in the Administration Building. The conference table offers 15 seats, with space for more chairs along the periphery. 90 permanent seats are available in the auditorium, and the lobby area holds 80 standing guests. Standard furnishings of chairs and tables permit the seating of roughly 30 guests in this area. Weather permitting, the reception area can be expanded onto the brick courtyard. The space includes a kitchenette featuring an oven, two-unit stove, microwave and sink. The conference room is equipped with audio/visual capability including a projector with screen. The auditorium is equipped with audio/visual capability including a podium with microphone, projector with screen, desktop computer and auxiliary plugs.
Re s tri cti o n s
The Administration Building prohibits red wine. Champagne, white wine and beer are permitted. All indoor flames must be in a votive or globe. No flames are permitted outdoors, including sparklers. No items may be thrown outdoors. All decorations must be freestanding. Tables/chairs l 1 round 60” l 4 rectangular 6’ x 30” l 1 rectangular 8’ x 30” l 45 stacking chairs
Venue Map The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia is located approximately 70 miles east of Atlanta and is a short drive from downtown Athens.
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