A few weeks ago, I attended the Association for Garden Communicators conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to amazing educational opportunities, reconnecting with old friends, and making new friends, I visited gardens – a lot of beautiful gardens. Throughout the coming weeks, I’ll share the highlights with you. Today, walk through Atlanta Botanical Garden with me.
An exhibition of blown glass by internationally acclaimed glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly is displayed throughout the gardens.
An exquisite burst of fireworks stands in the Howell Fountain. Spires of red shoot up like flames from chartreuse foliage along a sidewalk to the Fuqua Conservatory.
Glass squiggles, in a kaleidoscope of colors, resemble tentacles of sea creatures reaching out to capture globes afloat in the water. Game of catch anyone?
A chandelier in red, yellow, and blue brighter than the sky delights as you make your way to the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden.
The children’s garden hosts a variety of kid-friendly flowers and vegetables.
A whimsical scarecrow stands ready to thwart assaults by resident crows.
The rose garden is planted with pest- and disease-resistant varieties of roses especially suited for the Atlanta area.
In the vegetable garden, pomegranates and okra catch my eye. Okra is a textbook example of an ornamental edible.
This is the first time I have seen pomegranates growing. Their flowers are so pretty!
The Gardens in Storza Woods opened in spring of 2015. Maples, oaks, beeches, and tulip poplars are just some of the trees you see while walking on the pathways.
A newly-constructed walkway gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the mature hardwood forest.
Chihuly glass, on display in the garden below the walkway, captivates.
The container gardens throughout Atlanta Botanical Garden are spectacular!
The award-winning Levy Parterre is a formal garden featuring an Italian limestone fountain. Chihuly’s sculpture of blue and white spirals sparkles above the water. Boxwood-edged beds are artfully planted with red and chartreuse coleus.
My favorite part of Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Earth Goddess. Impressive, grand, and majestic are adjectives that come close but can’t quite express the amazing beauty of her. She keeps watch over the Cascades Garden.
Her long, flowing hair of ground covers catches rays of sunlight.
Her hand offers life-sustaining water.
The Earth Goddess and Chihuly’s magnificent works of art – how much better can it get?
If you are in Atlanta, be sure to visit Atlanta Botanical Garden. It is playful and joyous; it is serene and reflective; it is adventurous and entertaining.
Until then, garden with me!