Atlanta Botanical Garden

Photographer Tim O’Brien provided the details and images for the Atlanta Botanical Garden destination.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in Piedmont Park in the center of Atlanta.  I visit my daughter and grandchildren in Atlanta at least a couple times a year.  And admission to the Garden is free for Morton Arboretum members.  So I have visited the Garden numerous times.  The images here are from several different years.

Some of the features of the Garden include the Children’s Garden, the Edible Garden, the Southern Seasons Garden, the Aquatic Plant Pond (60 feet in diameter), and the Cascades Garden, which combines waterfalls with bold colorful flowers.  There is also the Fuqua Orchid Center with its mission of the display and conservation of orchids and education about orchids.  The Fuqua Conservatory where the orchid center is located also displays many other plants, birds, turtles, and frogs in tropical and desert environments.  Some of the frogs are easy to spot but the frog in the center of the leaf in image 5 is well camouflaged.  Almost half of the Garden’s 30 acres is Storza Woods, one of the few remaining mature hardwood forests in the City of Atlanta.  You can view those woods from a different perspective using the 600 foot long Canopy Walk that winds through the trees twenty feet or more above the ground.

Like the Arboretum the Atlanta Botanical Garden has different special exhibits throughout the year. The current exhibit is “Imaginary Worlds- A New Kingdom of Plant Giants”. The 28 fantastic living sculptures include giant fruit, frogs, orangutans, and a twenty-five foot tall Earth Goddess.    These displays were created through a partnership between the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and International Mosaiculture of Montreal.  The process of Mosaiculture creates sculptures with thousands of annuals that are planted in steel forms filled with soil and sphagnum moss.  Image number 8 shows a detail from the cobra.