UGA Research & Education Garden

UGA Research & Education Garden

Did you know Griffin is home to the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden? This 65-acre facility is the site of ongoing research projects, as well as fun community events and courses.

The Research and Education Garden is a part of the UGA Griffin campus. It’s a beautiful spot to learn more about Georgia’s native wildlife, whether you’re a landscape professional, home gardener, or just a plant-lover.

The garden helps promote pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture with it’s many land management research projects. It’s also home to several favorite community events, including Springfest, Scarecrows in the Garden, and a special Santa visit.

If you’re looking for a picnic spot or hoping to learn more about water conservation, be sure to plan a visit. And you can stay up to date with everything happening at the Research and Education Garden by following them on Facebook.


  • Free admission and parking
  • Family friendly
  • Classroom facilities
  • Picnic areas
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-guided tours
  • Offering courses and community events for all ages

Hours of Operation - Open year round!*

  • Monday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday : CLOSED
  • Sunday : CLOSED

*Closed during UGA holidays. Only open on weekends for special events.

Located at 129 West Ellis Road in Griffin.

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Research and Events Happening at the UGA Research & Education Garden

There’s always something going on at the garden! Check out some examples of past and current research projects below. And then come visit us for a family-friendly community event or learn something new from one of our accomplished instructors.


  • Pollinator and Natural Enemy Conservation Study
  • Commercial Blueberry Variety Evaluation, Selection, and Management
  • Momi Fir as a Viable Christmas Tree Alternative or Root Stock for Fraser Fir in the Southeast
  • Insect Pest Management in Turfgrasses
  • Squash Pest Suppression Potential for Home Gardens and Small Market Vegetable Growers
  • Raised Bed Vegetable Production Feasibility Study
  • Insect Pest Management on Knockout Roses


  • Plant identification classes
  • Landscape management courses and certification testing
  • Rain harvesting 
  • Gardening topics
  • Day camp for kids ages 7 to 11
  • and more!

Community Events

  • Springfest
  • Celestial viewings with the Flint River Astronomy Club
  • Seasonal plant sales
  • Kite flying
  • The Great Pollinator Census
  • Scarecrows in the Garden
  • Santa Visits the Garden

Don’t forget to follow the UGA Research and Education Garden on Facebook to keep track of all upcoming events!