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Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens

3251 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA 30034



In the spring of 1990 and out of his love and dedication to the preservation of native plants of the Southeast, George Sanko established the DeKalb College Botanical Garden.  Several years later, the gardens’ name was changed to The Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden.  Through propagation and years of rescue missions to save native plants indigenous to the Southeast, the GPC Native Plant Garden thrives today so that others may enjoy the beauty of these plants.  Also called the Wildflower Center of Georgia, it has the largest collection of native plants in Georgia.

A few years ago George decided to add a major feature to the garden - Ferns of the World, which features, Georgia and US native ferns as well as ferns from temperate zones around the world. You are invited to see the largest selection of ferns in the US and probably the world at this garden. In addition, there are also zeric beds which have Georgia native ferns and ferns from southwestern US. Many of these ferns were displayed at the GPC Botanical entry at the 2007 Southeastern Flower Show. These ferns have proven they will survive in Atlanta. Good drainage is required to minimize the effects from rainy periods.

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