Worth the Drive: Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Latest Exhibit

by Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

For some people, a green thumb is hard to come by. The few flowers I’ve planted in my gardens over the years mostly remain, some of them barely clinging to life while others surprisingly hang on from one year to the next. Others, well, not so much.

The good news is that our fair city offers a gorgeous plant life to admire just a short drive away at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If you have never visited, you are absolutely missing out! And from now through October 27, you can travel down the “rabbit hole” in their latest exhibit, “Alice’s Wonderland.”

The talented horticulturalists have brought some of Lewis Carroll’s most-loved characters to life with flowers, succulents and more plants than I can even name in a truly wondrous sculptural display with Alice, the Cheshire Cat and more. One piece alone is comprised of nearly 25,000 individual plants!

A handy map guides you through the unique sculptures as well as the regular offerings at the Botanical Gardens, including the Edible Garden, the Orchid Center, the Skyline Garden and the Canopy Walk. Not to be missed is the Children’s Garden, which offers a play area as well as a splash pad. Many kids come to the gardens in swimsuits to enjoy some water play. (Nearby restrooms allow for a quick change afterward.) During the week, the gardens offer special activities for children and families. On Friday and Saturday mornings, families can enjoy live performances from storytellers, musicians and others. Check the calendar before you head over: https://atlantabg.org/calendar/category/atlanta/

The Botanical Gardens offer many reasons to return over and over, not just with seasonal garden displays but with concerts, cocktails in the garden, special events, classes (tai chi or beekeeping, anyone?) and other fun and educational programs. There are many volunteer opportunities as well. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.



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