If you’re going to be spending any time in Atlanta, or even driving close to the city, consider spending a few hours at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, located within Piedmont Park. I’ve been twice in the past, and both times I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. They’re a nice way to relax from the crushing urban lifestyle that seems to dominate most of Atlanta. If you’re someone who enjoys natural settings the Gardens will probably be a wonderful experience for you. I’d like to outline two or three of my favorite sections of the Gardens and talk about why I enjoy them so much.
The Fuqua Orchid Center has to be at the top of the list. Orchids are quite rare, and have a very delicate appearance. They may not be as robust as a rose or some other flower but that is part of their charm: you don’t see these things every day. Their beauty is that much more pronounced because of the rarity. The Gardens offer a collection of orchids which normally only grow at high altitudes, which furthers the likelihood that you’ll have never seen these type of plants before. I was amazed at the variety of flowers on display, as well as the feeling that this was a prize. This was something that had been locked away, and that I (as a visitor) was somehow one of the privilege few able to access them. Don’t miss the orchids, and treat them with a little care and respect.
The Children’s Garden is a great location for families. It really is just a fun, happy atmosphere. The Garden was designed / built with the help of a local children’s health care organization and has about a dozen different themed smaller areas within it. These include a dinosaur area as well as a tree house surrounded by sunflowers. While children always seem to do well at zoos (the animals are so fun to see), they may find spending hours walking amongst different gardens a little boring. A quick pit-stop in the Children’s Garden area will soon have them smiling again.
The Cascades garden has to be my absolute favorite. It’s set amongst a patch of woodlands, and has beautiful bright colored flowers along with waterfalls, and the sound of the rushing water amongst that much lushness is something I find very relaxing. I’ve always been attracted to aquatic life and this attraction is a great reminder that plant life can thrive in aquatic environments.
The Botanical Gardens aren’t a perfect location. Sometimes the features fail to deliver, such as the rock garden area. Not everyone is keen to spend hours at a time walking around a park (albeit, a very cleverly designed one). However, for the right person, and for the most part, these Gardens are a wonderful attraction for Atlanta. They’re definitely worth visiting, and I hope they bring a smile to your face.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens
1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA