Native plants in your backyard

CNC prides itself on being a leader in Georgia for plant conservation, especially for native pollinator plants. Whether your interest is in gardening, horticulture, education, or science, CNC will keep you engaged with nature.


>> Native Plant Sale <<

Spring 2024 | March 28-30 & April 5-6 
Fall 2024 | September 26-28

Native Plants are more than just beautiful flowers, shrubs, trees, and ground covers. They add diversity, attract native insects, feed birds and mammals, and are easy to care for. Make your grounds beautiful and sustainable with native plants to attract nature – go native! Native plant sale happens twice a year in March/April and September. CNC members have access to exclusive shopping on the first day of the sale and receive a discount on their purchases.

Proud to partner with Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.

580 x 600 Gardens Ironweed and Goldenrod


From humble beginnings with only a small shade garden in front of the old Discovery Center, the gardens have grown to cover almost 3 acres displaying over 600 native plants from Georgia. Many of these important native plants are beneficial to wildlife.



Volunteers are a valued part of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. There are many exciting ways to volunteer in one of the Center’s many departments for individuals and corporations.



Horticulture Symposium: Go Wild with Your Gardening

Are you ready to transition your garden to a more wildlife-friendly greenspace? No matter your level of gardening experience or the size of your garden, join us for a day of learning and inspiration to enhance your own connection with nature through the plants. All gardens can be part of a vital network of havens for nature across the city, state, and nation. Experienced educators, authors, horticulture professionals, and scientists will inspire and guide you along the path to a healthy, thriving, native wildlife garden. The Horticulture Symposium returns January 27.


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Conservation Alliance (GPCA), the Chattahoochee Nature Center is involved in several different plant conservation projects. We have been growing the federally endangered Clematis socialis, Alabama Leather Flower, a plant discovered in the 1990’s when only five small patches remained in the wild in Georgia. CNC received a grant to propagate this plant and track each cutting according to maternal line. We will share the plants we are growing from cuttings and divisions of the established populations with other GPCA member institutions and reestablish them in their native habitat.