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. Landscape Architect, Gary Gullatte, updates the Garden’s master plan and designs the Joann Holt Walking Trail.

Within the same year, the Joann Holt Walking Trail opens to public. The Garden conducts its first annual fund drive. 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.

2014: New Executive Director, Matt Whiddon

Mr. Matt Whiddon is appointed Executive Director of the Columbus Botanical Garden.


  • Lally McGurk, President
  • Molly Day, Vice President
  • Minnie Bradley, Corresponding Secretary
  • Patricia Barfield, Recording Secretary
  • Chuck Cumiskey, Treasurer
  • Matt Whiddon, Executive Director

Board Members

Cindy Alexander Mizell Alexander Sherri Callaway
Billy Cunningham Ruthie Curtis Martha C. Davis
Terri Edwards J. Robert Elliott, Jr. Swain F. Gravlee
Nancy Gunby Angie Hart Sally Hatcher
Maudie Huff Sheila Kiggins Dr. Edward Kinner
Margaret Lewis Mary Elsie Martin Faye Melton
Susan Milligan Dixie Crymes Olson Bryan Rust, Jr
Mary Lou Swift Sam Wellborn Dr. Cecil Whitaker
Gayle J. Yarbrough Jennifer Davidson
Ex Officio

Board of Trustees

Charlotte Clark Gloria Dodds Suzy Edge
Sally Foley Samantha Grey Erwin Key
Richard Ramey Rose Steiner

Director Emeritus

Jeannine Alexander