Featured Photo by Anna Shackleford Photography

The Classic City is home to some of the most breathtaking outdoor venues Georgia has to offer. Nestled in the heart of the University of Georgia’s north campus, the Founders Memorial Garden creates the perfect fairytale backdrop for your dream outdoor wedding. Breathtakingly gorgeous and deeply enriched with the culture and history of Athens, GA, the Founders Memorial Garden is a timeless location for any wedding. 

Photo by Katey Penton Photography

With over 300 species of various plant material, the Garden practically takes care of your floral arrangements for you. From the dense boxwood hedges to the colorful array of perennials and the canopy of magnolia branches, the Founders Garden has it all. The Garden is surrounded by a vintage iron fence and red-brick walls and contains a pristine collection of landscaping techniques. 

Photo by Misty Nolan Photography

The History 

In 1891, twelve ladies gathered together to form the first chapter of the Garden Club of America, right here in Athens, GA. 

In 1936, the Garden Club of Georgia created the nationally acclaimed garden as a memorial to the twelve founders of the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, as well as a commemoration to those who have served in the US Armed Forces during World War II. The founder and dean of the UGA landscape and architecture program, Hubert Bond Owens, designed and developed the garden, completing the project in 1946. 

The historic red-brick Greek Revival house on the grounds, known as the Lumpkin House, also contributes to the rich history intertwined in the Garden; the house has been used as a dining hall and residence hall for the university, the home of the first Dean of Women in the 1920s, as well as the first on-campus sorority house at the university. 

Today the garden historic buildings are maintained by the UGA College of Environment and Design, where the garden is used as a teaching resource and display of landscape design, as well as a public garden for all who visit Athens. The 2.5 acres of carefully structured landscaping include a boxwood garden, two courtyards, an arboretum, a retrace and a perennial garden. 

Wedding Information

Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable 

While the Garden is home to such a rich and preserved history, it is still a living garden that is widely used and appreciated today. The Garden does ask that guests respect the historic nature of the grounds, plants and buildings, but it can still accommodate up to 150 guests for a tranquil outdoor wedding surrounded by lush greenery and the gentle sound of the garden’s trickling fountain. 

The garden is also ideal to capture picture-perfect moments, like the engagement photo above. With dozens of picturesque locations for photos in the Garden, you will not be disappointed with the location of your wedding photos. 

Whether Athens is significant to your life-journey or you just stumbled upon this quaint college town while searching for wedding venues, look no further than the Founders Garden for your big day. For more information on rental contracts and policies, visit the Founders Garden website. 


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