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Atlanta Botanical Garden offering free admission through Feb. 16
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If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, now’s your chance.

The gardens in both Gainesville and Atlanta are offering free admission through Sunday, Feb. 16, in honor of Anne Cox Chambers, who died Jan. 31 at 100 years old. They’re open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Chambers was a “longtime friend and lifetime trustee” of the gardens, according to the Atlanta Botanical Garden website.

She was a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country’s richest women. Her nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company’s flagship newspaper. She was a director of Cox Enterprises Inc.

The land for the Gainesville location of the garden was donated by another female newspaper owner and philanthropist. The garden, which opened in 2015, is located on 168 acres donated by founders of The Times Charles and Lessie Smithgall. Lessie Smithgall, 108, was not available to speak about Cox or the garden this week.

Those visiting the local garden can get a sneak peek at the Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden while taking in the rest of what the garden has to offer.

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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