Atlanta Botanical Garden---Atlanta and Gainesville!
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is Georgia’s premier public garden. The Midtown and Gainesville locations provide breathtaking garden displays, state-of-the-art facilities, conservation efforts, dynamic exhibits, and events, making the Garden one of metro Atlanta’s top cultural destinations.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville opened in 2015; the first phase of development includes the Kay & Douglas Ivester Visitor Center and Amphitheater and five-acre Woodland Garden. A series of gardens set among hardwoods and featuring nationally recognized plant collections, the Woodland Garden celebrates the native Piedmont forest and plants that thrive in that environment.
Arts & Culture at the Atlanta Botanical Garden 2015-2016
Visitors to the Garden in Gainesville will marvel at the amazing creations of Nature Connects—Art with LEGO® Bricks from September 19 through January 3, 2016. A monarch butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan, a hummingbird hovering 8 feet in the air; 27 larger-than-life plants, animals and insects fill out this amazing exhibition.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, the Garden’s winter holiday sparkling light extravaganza, opens November 14. Orchid Daze, the annual festival displaying both the Garden’s world-renowned orchid collection and a sumptuously scented journey into richly colorful orchids, fills out the winter months. Atlanta Blooms heralds Atlanta’s beautiful spring with swaths of exuberantly blossoming bulbs sweeping across the Garden.
The Garden will welcome internationally acclaimed glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly in 2016. Chihuly in the Garden will show from April 30-October 30, and feature more than 20 extravagantly beautiful installations, some of which are being created specifically for the Garden. Spectacular, magnetic, and beautiful only begin to describe what promises to be a transformative exhibition for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which in 2016 will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Exploration and Education
A cornerstone of the mission of the Garden is to lead children to delight the natural world of plants. To reach children who might not otherwise have these opportunities, the Garden works with Atlanta area Title I schools to provide supplemental educational programming for underserved children through the Children’s Education Initiative.
The Garden also offers comprehensive adult and children’s learning opportunities, from cooking and art to gardening and wellness. Storybook Time, the Calhoun, Alston and Fuqua Lecture series, and the Science Café entrance members and visitors from toddlers to grandparents. School field trips are available for area schoolchildren and educators, while Discovery Stations and Garden Chef Cooking Demonstrations enhance visitors’ experience of the Garden.
Conservation & Research 2015-2016
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a leader in the conservation of imperiled plants, specializing in orchids, conifers, and native plants of the southeastern United States. Working in collaboration with conservation agencies, land managers, and STEM programs, the Garden’s highly skilled staff is active in a number of conservation efforts. Three projects illustrate the Garden’s collaborative approach:
Restoration of Florida’s Dune Lakes addresses watershed reclamation and stabilization for globally rare coastal dune lakes in northwestern Florida. This project uses Garden expertise in native wetland species to restore vanishing wetlands and pitcher plant bogs within longleaf pine forests in the Florida Panhandle.
The Urban Habitat Restoration collaboration brings public and private partners within metro Atlanta together to restore and create native plant habitat for plant pollinators. The Garden is working to propagate native milkweed, the only food for the monarch butterfly in its caterpillar stage, to share with local partners to enhance green space and neighborhoods.
Mountain Purple Pitcher Plant Restoration is an assessment of a twenty-year population restoration effort. As part of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, the Garden has played a key role in restoring populations of this carnivorous native plant to protected sites in Georgia.