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State Headquarters


Looking for the ideal Athens location for your wedding reception, birthday party, wedding anniversary party, formal dinner, business meeting, or corporate retreat? Consider using our lovely Terrace Room, located at GCG's Headquarters House on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden. For rental information call 706-542-6467.
Construction on the home of the Garden Club of Georgia began in January, 1997. Situated on the highest elevation at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the impressive structure was completed in the summer of 1998. Dedication of the facility took place on October 6, 1998.

The elegant brick building encompasses 9,705 square feet and overlooks the International Garden and the Heritage Garden of the State Botanical Garden, in Athens, Georgia. The award-winning architectural firm, Smith Dalia of Atlanta, designed the plans and had oversight of the project. Smith Dalia Architects also designed the nearby Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden. The Garden Club Headquarters building is of a neoclassical architectural style, best described as Jeffersonian. Tours of the Headquarters House are available by appointment. There is a $2 per person donation.

New Headquarters

The building consists of two levels. The upper level features an imposing entry hall, a Formal Reception Room, a Dining Room, a Board Room for meetings, an Archives Room which houses our proud history, a 200+ title Reference Library, and Garden Club Administrative Offices. These rooms are beautifully enhanced with many exceptional architectural details including extensive custom millwork. Historical and Decorative Arts students at the University of Georgia find the exquisite historical furnishings and appointments an opportunity for study. Fine period furniture, moved from the former Headquarters building, and many new accquistions fill the upper level. The interior designer, Virginia White, ASID, of Atlanta, Georgia, worked closely with the architects to create the elegant environs.

The Terrace Room: Perfect Venue for Wedding Receptions, Birthday Parties, Wedding Anniversary Parties, Formal Dinners, and Business Conferences

Terrace Room staircase landing
The lower level features a multi-purpose Terrace Room, a unique ballroom-like space known for its elegant decor and tasteful appointments. Opening onto an expansive brick terrace overlooking a wooded area and landscaped garden, its beauty and location distinguish it as one of the premier wedding reception sites in the area. The Terrace Room can seat up to 140 for dinner and larger numbers for lectures, receptions, and exhibitions. A large, well equipped catering kitchen is included.

In addition to providing an ideal venue for receptions and formal dinners, the Terrace Room is the perfect setting for business meetings, conferences, and corporate retreats. The room offers state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, including an electronic projection screen and room-darkening capabilities for the purpose of media viewing.

An elevator and a staircase connect the upper and lower floors of the building. The lower level may also be accessed via the lower drive which provides direct handicap access, easy access to the catering kitchen, vehicle drop-off of passengers and blue ribbon flower show designs!

The Terrace Room is available for rental through the State Botanical Garden. Download Terrace Room Info and Floor Plan and the SBG Rental Policy. For additional information and to schedule a tour, please contact the State Botanical Garden Rental Office at sbgrent@uga.edu or 706-542-6467. Check out our Facebook page for additional pictures of the Terrace Room, Garden Club of Georgia building, and grounds. Click on the photo album "GCG Headquarters."

Images Courtesy of Jason Thrasher and Ryan Holt

Architecture and Landscaping

Headquarters House, on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden
Environmentally, Smith Dalia Architects specified low-e glazing windows, passive natural ventilation, natural daylighting, and exterior building wrap to eliminate air filtration. Oriented to face east, the building showcases an imposing staircase on the interior north side of the building. The impressive Board Room on the upper level offers spectacular views into the surrounding hardwood treetops.

The landscape architectural firm was Robinson Fisher Associates of Athens, Georgia. Robinson Fisher Associates previously designed the lovely Day Chapel landscape, which is close by and on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden. The Headquarters House landscape includes a circular drive for passenger drop-off at the formal front entry. The front landscaped area features a broad brick walkway leading from the drop-off to the front portico. Flanking the walkway are panels of lawn, framed with brick edging, perennial flowers, flowering shrubs including Fothergilla, Summersweet Clethra, and Loropetalum, and trees including 'Little Gem' Magnolia, 'October Glory' Red Maple, Persian Ironwood, and Fringetree. On the lower level a large, brick-paved terrace overlooks a small forest. Weather permitting, this lovely terrace can accomodate overflow of guests from the Terrace Room. Adjoining the rear terrace is a lovely garden honoring Deen Day Sanders. Deen is a former GCG President and former NGC National President.

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. proudly builds on the history and the legacy of the past. For it was here, in Athens, Georgia, that the first garden club in America was organized in 1891. Having built our home on the red clay and solid granite rock of the Georgia Piedmont, we go forth to inspire Beautification, Conservation, and Education. Our dazzling Headquarters House is one step on the path towards our future.

Bonnie Nash
Business Manager

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00.

Phone 706-227-5369
Fax 706-227-5370
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For information about renting our lovely Terrace Room, Athens' premiere location for wedding receptions, birthday parties, wedding anniversary parties, formal dinners, business meetings, or corporate retreats,please see this page.

Our mailing and street address is:

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
2450 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30602-5817

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