The LAE garden serves to broaden awareness of indigenous plant knowledge to the local community. Due to its central location on campus, approximately 1,000 visitors pass through it each day. These visitors are introduced to ethnobotany as a scientific discipline and a field of advocacy for traditional knowledge and protection of indigenous rights.
A new educational outreach program is now underway that will promote better understanding of the cultural significance of plants in Latin America and the field of ethnobotany. Ethnobotanical teaching modules developed for the Athens garden will provide basic models from which to develop similar, culturally-appropriate programs in the Latin American Ethnobotanical Sister Gardens.
The garden also provides a wonderful setting for the community to enjoy the diversity of Latin American cultures, through music and the arts.