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Culture notes: Woodruff Foundation gives $2.5 million for Gainesville garden; High Museum to host Print Fair

Woodruff Foundation gives $2.5 million for Gainesville garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s plans to open a public garden in Gainesville gained momentum with the announcement Wednesday that the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has donated $2.5 million toward the development of Smithgall Woodland Garden.

With the Woodruff gift, the Botanical Garden has raised more than $18 million toward a $21 million first-phase goal for land, greenspace conservation, infrastructure and permanent endowment. The first phase of the 168-acre woodland will include a serpentine and wooded entry road, visitor center, a 2,000-seat amphitheater and some five acres of display gardens.

The amphitheater and visitor center will be named for Gainesville residents Doug and Kay Ivester, who recently made an undisclosed donation to the project, described in a release as a “similar gift” to the Woodruff’s. Ivester is a retired Coca-Cola CEO.

The land off Gainesville’s Cleveland Highway that was donated to the botanical garden in 2002 by Gainesville residents Lessie Smithgall and her late husband Charles Smithgall. A horticultural operation is ongoing on site, including a state-of-the-art greenhouse and 3-acre conservation nursery.

The Woodruff gift is contingent on the garden raising an additional $1.1 million of its goal by June 2013, when groundbreaking is expected to be announced. HOWARD POUSNER

High Museum hosts Print Fair this weekend

If you have the impression that starting an art collection is impossible, check out the High Museum of Art’s second Print Fair, presenting 18 International Fine Print Dealers Association members this weekend. IFPDA dealers focus on works made directly by the artist using traditional printmaking methods (as opposed to photomechanical reproduction)  such as etching, engraving, lithography or screen-printing, spanning from the 16th century to today. They start at $250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. To reserve free tickets (museum admission applies): 404-733-5000, HOWARD POUSNER

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