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“Free, bring an exploratory curiosity to see interesting things”

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Ranked #71 of 213 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A unit of University of Georgia Extension, CGBG is a historic property with trees and farm buildings dating to the 1920s, 30s and 40s, when "the Bamboo Farm" was an active USDA Plant Introduction Station. Today, new gardens and paths are being developed and installed. By increasing the plant diversity on the 51-acre property, CGBG aims to bring people in touch with the wonders and beauty of the plant world. Admission charge, free parking and amenities include a Gift Shop and two public restrooms on site. Among the gardens to enjoy include the Woodland Shade Garden, Whiet Garden, Water Garden, Garden for All Abilities, Orchid House, Mediterranean Garden, Rose Garden and Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail. Numerous cold-hardy palms, bamboo species and camellia species are highlights in our botanical collection.
Pooler, Georgia
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“Free, bring an exploratory curiosity to see interesting things”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Considering this historical site and developing garden is free, I am surprised by some reviews already posted. There are orientation maps to guide you to the already present gardens. The camellia garden is extensive (and in bloom now), there's a charming cottage garden, Mediterrannean courtyard with colorful buildings, an orchid greenhouse, bamboo groves, seemingly rare trees and palms, water garden and large lakes. I was told the bamboo maze with tower was being installed this winter and people were working on it and a ditch. The Savannah Morning News reported the groundbreaking on the new visitor center. There was a tremendous Christmas lights display within the existing gardens this winter, too. Plant labels are all over the existing garden areas. As for knowing what us locals always knew as the Bamboo Farm, they have a nice website now and their Facebook page is active with lots of notifications, including what's in bloom, or what birds or butterflies are around. This WILL continue to be one of the more unique, non-cookie-cutter attractions for us all.

Visited December 2013
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Orlando
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“Closed for the holidays”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We drove all the way out there from the historic district only to find a sign on the fence saying that they were closed between Christmas and New Year.

Sad, because it looked like a quiet and interesting place to visit.

Visited December 2013
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CoastalGeorgiaBG, Public Relations Manager at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 6 September 2014
Thanks for your comment, but that was a harsh review for not even seeing our property!

We hope whichever concierge or travel publication that provided incorrect or limited information to y'all doesn't lead to more disappointments.

Our hours and events are always posted on our website and on our Facebook pages. We're also always a phone call away. Since 1983, our facility has always been closed between Christmas and New Years.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Quiet Stop but Not Much to See Right Now”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Maybe September is not the best month to visit, or maybe the gardens are not complete enough to impress a garden maven who holds Airlie in Wilmington NC as a standard for other public gardens. There was a patch of aging roses in a formal square, a xeriscape, and a nice collection of photo worthy orchids in the greenhouse, but I would have liked to be able to see a much more generous showing of plants and had a better preliminary understanding of what to expect. A sign board in the parking area delineated "present" areas and "proposed" areas and it looked like the proposed areas exceeded the presently developed gardens. In any case, although there was a suggested donation, there was no charge for this quiet stop.

Visited September 2013
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mims florida
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“wish we had found before”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Passed by many times in last 9 years , it is near I95. Worth a stop, air con restrooms , shaded areas with huge trees, roses, orchids, and yes bamboos, but we like bamboos! Shall visit again when less hot, it was hot!

Visited August 2013
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CoastalGeorgiaBG, Public Relations Manager at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
We're not going anywhere, so keep us on your "check-to-see-what's-going-on" itinerary the next time y'all are passing through Coastal Georgia.

Yes, July and August can be a humbling time to visit because of the Southern heat and humidity. Thank you for toughing it out and being curious.

Absolute wonderful times of year to visit are mid-March to early May and again from late October up until our first hard frost. Our fall foliage displays don't really occur until Thanksgiving.
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Monmouth, Illinois
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“Much more than bamboo to see. And free!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

What a lovely garden! It was so much bigger than I expected, with crape myrtles in bloom and a large trial plot of banana plants. We saw geese hanging out in the strawberry patch. The waterfall is very serene, and you can see beautiful orchids in a glasshouse. Lots of new areas are being built or planted this year. Climb the observation tower and see where the future bamboo maze will go.

Visited July 2013
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