Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Winter Tour

I’ve heard about Atlanta Botanical Gardens so many times, it’s a wonder I never went. They have some great events there especially in the summer. It’s under $20 for admission and children under 3 are free. And there is so much to see here that you get your money’s worth in no time. Check in on their website to keep up with their latest events and find out what’s blooming.

I went there for Orchid Daze: Lasting Impressions event which is being held from February 8 – April 13th this year. It showcases Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin, who painted how they saw the world around them. You can see the photographs below but here’s the scoop:

Starry-NightVincent van Gogh’s Starry Night was the inspiration behind the overhead display of miniature orchids and the many different colours of yellow, blue and white were meant to “capture the artist’s mad genius”.

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The tranquil pool filled with different colours of orchids and water lilies was used to imitate Monet’s Giverny.

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And the colours often portrayed in Gauguin landscape paintings with majestic yellows and bold oranges

Atlanta Botanical Garden doesn’t just have flowers, they have plants, art sculptures and water features that are all around the park. To find out more about these sculptures just check out their website under Art in the Garden. I wished I had seen the Chihuly Exhibit but you can still see the water glass sculpture located in the Levy Parterre area near the Visitor Center. If you don’t know who Dale Chihuly is, google!

After you’ve explored the gardens, head over to the Kendeda Canopy Walk. The canopy walk extends 600 feet into the branches of some great old trees that I can only imagine the beauty in the Spring. The pathway is actually a reverse suspension bridge and is the only one of its kind in the United States.

As your canopy walk ends, makes sure you check out the Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden. I saw it when the water was shut off, due to winter and snowpocalypses. I can’t wait to go back and take a photo when the water is cascading down and the Earth Goddess is in bloom!

I am so excited about this place, I just can’t describe everything. I’m so happy to see that Spring is FINALLY arriving and I can head back over there to see Atlanta in bloom!

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