Visitor Guide

Georgia’s Rome Garden Trail

Rome, GA

Come and visit all of the gardens Georgia’s Rome has to offer!

Gardens

As Time Goes By Gardens- Celebrate the changing seasons with this garden that frames the grounds of the Rome Clocktower. It is designed to bloom year-round reflecting the changing time of year. Enjoy free clocktower tours the first Saturday of the month, May-Sep, 12p – 2p. Located on 410 E 2nd St, Rome, GA 30161. Landscape artist: John Schulz

Bailey Park-Beside Clocktower- This garden graces the hill of the Clocktower and provides a beautiful serene setting to enjoy views from the hill. Located on 410 E 2nd St, Rome, GA 30161. Garden is maintained by the Seven Hills Garden Club & Rome Federated Garden Clubs Project.

Chieftains Museum Demonstration Garden- Step back into history with this museum garden that hosts various plantings that resemble the orchards harvested on Major Ridge’s land 200 years ago. Enjoy the multi-purpose paved Heritage Trail that runs behind the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge home during your garden and museum visit. Located on 501 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161.

Oostanaula River Arboretum- Over 28 trees representing 20 different species are located along the banks of the Oostanaula River. The arboretum includes both native and non-native species. Located on Heritage Trail between Chieftains Museum and Veterans Memorial Hwy. *Photo credit: Rome-News Tribune

Ridge & Valley Garden at Rome-Floyd ECO Center- Located in front of the ECO Center, this pollinator garden features plants native to the area. Just a few feet away from the garden, experience the wetlands located at the entrance to Ridge Ferry Park and visit the ECO Center to learn more about the local ecology. Located on 393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161. Maintained by Rome Master Gardeners

Longleaf Pine TrailHome to one of the few remaining relict stands of Mountain Longleaf Pine, the trail winds through an experimental longleaf pine forest. Controlled burns along the trail open up various views on Lavender Mountain and loops into the trail leading to the House O’Dreams. Ask for a map at the Berry College Campus Visitor Check-in. 2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW, Mt Berry, GA 30149

Marshall Forest- Once part of the Cherokee Nation’s lands, Marshall Forest covers 301 acres and is the only virgin forest in the US within city limits. Two nature trails are within the forest, with one a complete ADA Braille Trail. The trails have plant identification tags, are self-guided and travel on the southwest side of the forest. Located on Horseleg Creek Rd, Rome GA 30165.

Blooms on Broad- Seasonal flower planters and ornamental plants help beautify intersections in Historic Downtown Rome. Located on Broad St, Downtown Rome. Provided by The Community Foundation for Greater Rome.

Tranquility Garden at Rome Labyrinth- Offering a place for meditation and tranquility, meander the purposeful paths of the labyrinth and surrounding garden. Historic Jackson Hill nearby offers an abundance of undulating trails under a canopy of trees. Located at 402 Civic Center Drive, Rome, GA 30161. Landscape artist: John Schulz

Freedom Garden- Dedicated to the demonstrators of the Civil Rights Movement of Rome, the garden shares the 1963 story of Main High School students who engaged in nonviolent sit-in demonstrations at downtown lunch counters to protest for their equal rights. Located at 607 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161.

Cave Springs Garden

Cave Spring Square- Situated in the picturesque square in Cave Spring, the town square offers year-round blooms and plantings. A central gazebo offers shade that doubles as a gathering spot for locals and visitors. Enjoy a mix of specialty shops, restaurants and the namesake limestone cave during your visit. Located between Broad St & Cave Spring Rd.

Myrtle Hill Gardens

Memorial Magnolias- Following the World War, thirty-four Magnolia seedlings were planted at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Each tree is a memorial to one of the thirty-four young men from Floyd County who died during their military service in World War I. Located in Veterans Plaza – S Broad & Myrtle St SW.

Meditation Gardens at Myrtle Hill Cemetery- Overlooking Myrtle Hill at the river confluence, this garden provides a place of beauty and serenity. The landscape plan echoes the allure of Rome’s seven hills and three rivers offering a peaceful setting for all to enjoy. Myrtle Hill Cemetery, access road located just past the mausoleum on Branham Ave; or park at the mausoleum. Landscape artist: John Schulz

Tree Tour at Myrtle Hill Cemetery- Discover over 35 different species of trees in this self-guided tree tour of Rome’s Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Many trees are rare and not native to the Northwest Georgia Area. Maps are available at Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop and Welcome Centers or download at RomeGeorgia.org/TreeTour. Located 20 Myrtle St SW, Rome, GA 30161. Tree Tour designed by Leonard Woodward.

Berry College Gardens

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum– Oak Hill Gardens- Oak Hill is the Greek revival home of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College. Visitors can receive a guided tour of the dwelling and Oak Hill’s gardens. The five separate gardens are elaborate in design to complement Oak Hill’s architecture and exemplify Martha Berry’s love and appreciation of nature and beauty. Oak Hill is open Monday – Saturday 10a – 5p; last tour begins at 3pm. Located at 24 Veterans Memorial Hwy NE, Rome, GA 30165

Berry College Arboretum and Tree Walk Designated as a “Tree Campus USA”, a representative group of trees is included in this self-guided walking tour of 39 trees located on the main campus. Ask for a map at the Berry College Campus Visitor Check-in. Located at 2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW, Mt Berry, GA 30149.

Rome Federated Gardens

This charitable and educational corporation encourages the love of gardening and floral design through Rome’s area garden clubs who each manage a public garden in Rome and Floyd County:

Camellia Garden Club
At the exit of Heritage Park on 2nd Ave

 

 

Lavender View Garden Club
Intersection of Garden Lakes Blvd and Shoreline Dr

 

Mountain View Garden Club
Front entrance to Tony E. Warren Cancer Center at 255 W 5th St

 

Seven Hills Garden Club
Sara Hightower Regional Library, 205 Riverside Pkwy NE

 

Spade and Trowel Garden Club
On the levee at the intersection of 2nd Ave and Shorter Ave

 

Thistle Garden Club
Rotary Park at E. 1st Street and 6th Ave

 

 

Three Rivers Garden Club
Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop & Welcome Center, 402 Civic Center Dr

 

Townview Garden Club
Forrest Hotel at the corner of Broad St and 5th Ave

 

 

Access the Garden Trail from Your Mobile Device

Access an interactive map of all of our gardens here: All the gardens list above are included on the trail in the map below. Georgia’s Rome Garden Map

Garden Trail Brochure

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Designations

Bee City USA

The City of Rome is recognized for encouraging pollinator habitats and is home to 6 public gardens featured on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. For more details, visit RomeGeorgia.org/BeeCityUSA

Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail was created by the former First Lady to increase habitat for Monarch butterflies. Learn more about the trail.