Yesterday we rode over to the gardens, which lie just by the middle fork of the Oconee River. Owned by the state of Georgia, it operates under the guidance of the University of Georgia, one of three claimants to the title of oldest public college in America. It is a large facility, looped by a five mile trail that runs along the river for some distance. There are numerous facilities and classes, including in related fields like beekeeping. Many types of plants and, indeed, many types of gardens are featured. I'm going to show you a few of the earlier types.
The Herb Garden
The Physic Garden
The herbs grown by the Medievals often had medicinal value. In London in 1673, the Worshipful Society of Apothicaries founded a "physic garden" to provide adequate supplies of rare herbs and plants to study in the quest to improve human health. The University of Georgia maintains this one in a knotwork pattern.
There is a small amount of formal statuary at the garden, including this fountain. Several archways, most draped with wisteria, provide shade in the summer.