The Columbus Botanical Garden’s mission is to preserve a portion of the rapidly diminishing open space in Columbus and to provide the public with a unique educational facility that is based on environmental awareness, horticulture, historic preservation and agricultural values. This facility shall strive to inspire and leave a lasting impression on those who visit.

Our History

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1890s: The Farmhouse is Built
The farmhouse that currently serves as the Columbus Botanical Garden headquarters was built.

1910s: Adams Family Purchase the Farmhouse
The Adams family purchase the farmhouse and surrounding property.

1999: Columbus Botanical Garden is Founded
The Adams Farmhouse is moved from its original location on VeteranĀ“s Parkway to current location on Weems Road. The first Columbus Botanical Garden board is organized.

2000: Adams Farmhouse is Restored
The Historic Columbus Foundation restores the Adams Farmhouse. The Columbus Botanical Garden partners with the Columbus Technical College Foundation and Environmental Horticulture Department.

2002-2004: First Master Plan
The first master plan for the Garden is developed. Additional upgrades are made to the Adams Farmhouse and landscape. The Garden is first dedicated.

2005-2006: Adams Farmhouse Renovated
Additional renovations are made to the Adams Farmhouse. The Garden’s landscape is expanded.

2007: First Executive Director
Nicole Sanchez is appointed the first Executive Director of the Columbus Botanical Garden. New monthly educational programs offered, and a monthly newsletter is established.

2008: The Garden Grows
The Gin House is moved from its previous location on VeteranĀ“s Parkway, and initial renovations are completed. Herb Garden beds are renovated. The Columbus Technical College Foundation announces a plan to divest Columbus Botanical Garden. The Garden conducts its first annual fund drive.

2008: The Joann Holt Walking Trail Dedication
Landscape Architect, Gary Gullatte, updates the Garden’s master plan and designs the Joann Holt Walking Trail, which opens to the public in the same year. Phase II of the Joann Holt Walking Trail development begins.

2009: Membership Benefits and Additional Expansion
The Garden newsletter is moved to a bi-monthly format offered electronically and in print. Newsletter distribution grows to over 300 recipients per issue.

Garden membership benefits expand to include 10% discounts at locally-owned garden centers and nurseries. The Columbus Botanical Garden offers checkout privileges in 500-volume library to members. The first comprehensive plant labeling program offers correct botanical information to visitors.

Funding from a variety of sources provides for landscaping upgrades, street signs, improvements to farmhouse interior and a donation box on property.

2010: Grants Awarded
The Garden is awarded an irrigation grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. The Garden is also awarded a grant to create the Pollinator Garden.

2013: Sam M Wellborn Camellia Garden Dedication
The Sam M Wellborn Camellia Garden is dedicated.

2014: New Executive Director, Matt Whiddon
Mr. Matt Whiddon is appointed Executive Director of the Columbus Botanical Garden.


  • Molly Day, President
  • Edward Kinner, Vice President
  • Ricky Gordy, Treasurer
  • Sheila Kiggins, Corresponding Secretary
  • Mary Lou Swift, Recording Secretary
  • Matt Whiddon, Executive Director

Board Members

Cindy Alexander Swain F. Gravlee Lally McGurk
Past President
Mizell Alexander Rick Gordy
Mary Elsie Martin
Patricia Barfield Nancy Gunby Marjorie Newman
Sherri Callaway Angie Hart Dixie Olson
Mrs. Susan Claire Cheney Sally Hatcher Mary Lou Swift
Recording Secretary
Chuck Cumiskey Bruce Howard Pam Thayer
Mr. Billy Cunningham Maudie Huff Sam Wellborn
Molly Day
Sheila Kiggins
Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. Gloria Weston-Smart
Terri Edwards Edward Kinner
Vice President
Cecil Whitaker
J. Robert Elliott, Jr Betsy Leebern Malon Wickham
Nora Garrard