Monday, August 19, 2019

A Walk in the Magical Atlanta Botanical Garden

As early retirees, we're always looking for ways to get the most bang for the buck. Did you know becoming a member at your favorite museum or garden gives you free unlimited admission all year round? Not only are you supporting a good cause, you also get perks, and discounts at the gift shop. As a member, you can visit other museums and/or gardens for free if they are part of the North America Reciprocal Association (NARM). We visit friends in Fort Myers every Christmas and wanted to see one of the city's famous attractions - the Ford and Edison Winter Estates - so we joined their membership. Since then, we've toured many gardens in Florida and Tennessee.

We go to Atlanta quite often, but each time managed to miss the Atlanta Botanical Garden due to bad weather. Last week, we bit the bullet and went in the sweltering heat (over 90 degrees F). We got there around 10 am, and was relieved to find underground parking.

Like Alice in Wonderland, we wandered into 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds graced with Chihuly glass artworks and intricate topiary creations of mythical creatures. What colorful feats!
Earth Goddess, a living sculpture with 18,000 annuals!
classy Chihuly glass artwork in the distance
Fuqua Conservatory with a partial Atlanta skyline in the background
We marveled at the vast collection of exquisite orchids and other exotic plants at the Fuqua Conservatory. And at the topiary sculptures from the Alice in Wonderland exhibit.
27 feet tall White Rabbit in the Skyline Garden
and its reflection
awesome chess board bordered by nine heart-shaped trees
You can easily spend a day here, if the weather is nice. There are trails you can hike and many areas with benches to stop and literally smell the plants. Growling stomachs brought us back to reality. There is a café on site, but we had plans for lunch at the Dekalb Farmers Market (must visit, if you haven't been), about half hour's drive away. There are also many great restaurants nearby.

The garden is closed on Mondays. Entrance fee is $21.95(free for members), and parking for 2.5 hours was $5.

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