Whether you’re a plant lover or just someone looking for a place to relax and explore, you shouldn't miss the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Located next to Piedmont Park in Midtown, the garden covers 30 acres of land.
With 20 outside gardens and collections and nine indoor gardens and exhibits, there’s something for everyone at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For orchid lovers, the Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the largest permanent collection of orchid species in the U.S.
The Conservation Garden highlights the unique habitats of Georgia’s endangered bogs and features plants found nowhere else in the world. If you haven’t seen a Venus Flytrap in real life, the Conservation Garden is a great opportunity for it. You can also observe an array of carnivorous plants like Sarracenia Pitcher plants, Sundews, and more.
If you’re looking to connect more with the food you eat, the Edible Garden shows that plants can provide beautiful landscapes as well as delicious eats. The vegetable amphitheater, for instance, shows off an intricate, colorful tapestry featuring the same veggies that you can find at the grocery store.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is dedicated to conservation and research efforts, and one of its featured programs is the amphibian conservation program inside the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory. Here, you can learn about various species of frogs and even participate in feeding sessions where you can converse with research specialists.
If you’ve ever wanted to walk among the trees, the winding Kendeda Canopy Walk allows you to tour the Storza Woods, one of Atlanta’s remaining urban forests, from 40 feet in the air. The canopy walk takes you through the branches of oaks, hickories, and poplars. The skywalk also shows an aerial view of the woodland garden below. Art enthusiasts will love the permanent sculptures and paintings on display, including a few memorable pieces from famous glassblower Dale Chihuly. The garden also curates remarkable views. True to its name, the Skyline Garden offers visitors a lovely view of the Midtown skyline above Piedmont Park.
Cover image courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.