About bath gardens
In 1958 Alonzo Plumb Boardman, “Lonnie” bought the land that is now Bath Gardens. He told his wife, Lib, “I think I just bought a jungle.” Inspired by landscapes seen in Austria and Italy, Lonnie had the vision to create what was renowned, in a 1964 Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine article, as “bringing beauty back to Bath.” Many parties, and a wedding were celebrated at Bath Gardens. We want to bring not only beauty, but also life back to Bath Gardens!
In 2019, restoration of Bath Gardens began. All of the clay pipes had to be replaced due to damage. As Lonnie Boardman said about the garden’s construction, “I had so much construction to do underground before I could start landscaping.” By 2021, the Bath Gardens was ready to open to the public. Approximately 1700 people attended the opening during the three-day celebration. In April of 2022, a formal Ribbon Cutting luncheon was hosted with 300 attending.
As of 2023, Bath Gardens has an active Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. The Mission of Bath Gardens is to serve as a public garden and outdoor nature center, while conserving the garden’s architectural elements and historic artifacts for the enjoyment and education of our patrons. This European inspired garden is home to a wide variety of flora, fauna, and freshwater springs, and establishes a cornerstone of the region’s diverse and valuable history. Bath Gardens provides a soothing respite and creative experience limited only by the beholders’ imagination.