Balamb Garden has a long history, and quite a reputation due to the events of FFVIII! It primarily exists to train qualifying students into the famed mercenary force called SeeD, but has been known to get involved with world politics from time to time (usually with the intent to help out and do good).

Asides from training students and SeeD for combat, the Garden is also a home for those enrolled and provides lots of other activities, such as Committees, Triple Triad, parties and other events, and so on.

More detailed information on the history, purpose, and even the layout of Balamb Garden can be found here: