Atlanta Botanical Gardens Hours & Location:
Hours: The Atlanta Gardens are open year round, Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. The Garden is closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Garden is also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. From April-October, the Garden is open until 7pm.
Contact Info: The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 - Phone: 404-876-5859
Houses at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens:
The Lobby: The Lobby makes up the entrance to the Conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This ever-changing floral display is the first thing visitors see when they enter the Rotunda. Numerous glass cases contain living collections of poison frogs as part of a conservation program at the Garden.
Tropical Rotunda: The Tropical Rotunda displays hundreds of collections of plants from select tropical regions that are threatened from climate change, deforestation, and human development. The exhibit is arranged into specific communities that model the different regions from where the plants originate from. Some of the regions included are Central Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Madagascar to name a few.
Desert House: The unique Desert House at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens contains cacti and succulents that are native to Southern Africa and Madagascar. 85 percent of the plant species that are found in Madagascar are only native to that particular region in the world. Southern Africa has an extraordinary diversity of plant life, many of which have been threatened by deforestation. Among the species in this display are cycads, xeric, Lithops, and Aloes.
Special Exhibits: Over 140 species of pitcher plants inhabit this part of the Garden’s conservatory. These carnivorous plants, indigenous to Malaysia, Madagascar, and Indonesia, lure small prey and insects to their mouth by small nectar glands located inside. The prey loses its footing on the smooth surface and falls into a combination of enzymes and water that breakdown the food.
Displays at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens:
Orangerie: The Atlanta Garden's Orangerie is home to a variety of tropical plants that are considered of high medicinal and economic importance. This invaluable educational tool provides visitors with the chance to interact with plants that have become increasingly important in most of our day to day lives. Some examples of the spices on display are pepper, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, and tea.
Animals: Trilling dart frogs, yellow finches, and tropical wood turtles are just some of the wildlife that visitors will find living in the tropical conservatory. The cohabitation of plant and animal life is indicative of successful practices that encourage a balanced and healthy ecosystem.
Elevation House: The Elevation House at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens displays an amazing variety of plants that are native to the mountains in South America. The main attraction of the exhibit is a giant waterfall made out of granite Georgia boulders and covered with brilliant orchids.
Orchid House: This 6,000+ sq foot exhibit is comprised of both a Formal area, and a Naturalistic area. The entrance of the House is colorful and lush and looks very much like any formal garden. But don’t let the architectural design and symmetrical accents fool you, this house is entirely tropical and all about orchids. You will find orchids from all around the world, including Madagascar, Ecuador, Australia, Central America, Mexico, and Asia.
Plant Collections at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens:
Hydrangea: This collection at the Atlanta Gardens is one of the finest hydrangea collections in the south with over 160 varieties of hydrangea. These stunning plants are in full bloom from late May through June, while the climbing hydrangeas in the nearby Southern Garden are covered with blossoms in July and August.
Conifer Garden: Urban gardeners are sure to get ideas for gardening in small spaces at the Conifer Garden. Southeastern cone-bearing shrubs and plants are showcased out front and provide year-round interest. Visitors can watch the collection go through its annual cycle with new green growth during the spring, grow throughout the summer months, and then change their colors in the fall and through the winter months. The constantly changing display provides new ideas with each visit.
Hardy Palms: Palms surround both the greenhouses and also the Conservatory and provide hardy variants of the palms located inside.
Cobra Lilies: Inside the Woodland Shade Garden visitors will find Asian cobra lilies. These white, green, and purple blooming flowers add a tropical feel to the garden and are some of the more exciting spring wonders of the collections.
Summer Bulbs: Mixed around the perennial and Children’s Garden visitors will find countless summer bulb plants that display their brilliant textures and colors in the humidity and heat of summer.
Winter Garden: Southern gardens have that unique ability to grow year round and always have something blooming. At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, flowering bulbs and plants are side by side with lush groundcovers and evergreen shrubs in a winter garden that is a visitor favorite between November and March.
Rose Garden: Providing the Garden with stunning color and fragrance throughout the summer months, the Garden provides visitors with a collection of landscape and old-fashioned roses that are organically grown and planted with selected perennials.
Other Points of Interest Atlanta Botanical Gardens:
Water Plants: This collection of ponds features water lotus, lilies, and many other varieties of aquatic plants. This is considered one of the finest aquatic plant collections in the South, and they start blooming during May and continue until the first frost.
Annual Color: Unusual combinations of foliage and flowers set in vibrant annual displays and containers around the Garden, offer stunning images to guests throughout the entire year.
Conservation: At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Garden functions as the primary educational area for the conservation program. Six bogs were built to showcase the rare habitats of Georgia. Themes include a Coastal Plain bog, Georgia bog, Hybrid bog, Western Gulf Coast bog, Fall-line bog, and an Alabama bog.
Japanese Garden: With its small waterfall and pond, and a sheltered teahouse, this Garden is a hybrid of Asian styles and provides many wonderful tips and ideas for gardeners. Rare varieties of bamboo, dwarf conifers, and Japanese maples provide a quiet and secluded spot in the garden to reflect on the beauty that surrounds you.
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