The Atlanta Botanical Garden was first established in 1976 in Atlanta's Midtown. It features a wide variety of gardens, such as the Orchid Display House, Japanese Garden, and Rose Garden. The botanical garden is also working on creating new gardens and improving facilities. The gardens are an inviting oasis in the middle of the city. Photo:

»High Elevation House

High Elevation House


Located in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the High Elevation House features plants natively found in the Cloud Forest of the Andes Mountains. A enormous waterfall made with Georgia granite boulders is the focal point with its brilliant Andean orchids, including Masdevallia, Odontoglossum, and Phragmipedium. Neotropical blueberries can be found near the waterfall with their dazzling tubular flowers, along with exotic bromeliads. The High Elevation House also displays fallen logs covered with ferns, mosses, and delicate miniature orchids, like Porroglossum and Stelis.

Orchid Display House

The Orchid Display House, found in the Fuqua Orchid Center, displays numerous different orchids in a vibrant, lush formal garden, featuring symmetrical design, architectural accents, and geometrically shaped flower beds. The orchid collection at the Atlanta Botanical Garden showcases many different species of orchids from Australia, Asia, Mexico, Central America, Ecuador, and Madagascar. A cedar pergola above the walkway is covered with orchids, providing guests an opportunity to view the botanical garden's unique Euglossine bee-pollinated orchids up close. These orchids include the Coryanthes and the Gongora, which have intoxicatingly fragrant, pendant-shaped flowers.

There are also several orchids from which vanilla comes from that are showcased in the Orchid Display House. The flavoring Vanilla derives from the seed capsule of many species of orchids that are part of the Vanilla genus. Several different types of Vanilla are located near the bottom of each cedar post of the garden's pergola.

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The Lobby (Fuqua Conservatory)

Just inside the entrance of the Fuqua Conservatory, visitors will find a continuously changing display leading to the Tropical Rotunda. The lobby features many glass cases that house the Atlanta Botanical Garden's poison arrow frog collection. These frogs live in a naturalistic setting and are part of a large-scale frog conservation program. Photo:

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»Tropical Rotunda

Tropical Rotunda


Just past the lobby of the Fuqua Conservatory is the Tropical Rotunda, which features hundred of different plant species from equatorial tropical areas from around the world. The different plant collections serves as an excellent educational tool for conservation, as well as a tool for research. The plants in the Tropical Rotunda are arranged by geographical region, in areas that provide a living model of their specific habitats. Plants showcased from lowland tropical forests are found in Southeast Asia, Central Africa, Southern Mexico, and Central America. Plants found in New Zealand, Mascarene, New Caledonia, Seychelles, New Guinea, Madagascar, and the Comoros Island represent the islands of high endemics.

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Desert House

The Atlanta Botanical Garden's Desert House showcases several different species of succulents that are natively found in Southern Africa and Madagascar. The plants featured from Madagascar are representative of plants found in the dry Spiny Forest. Plants from Southern Africa's Succulent Karoo and Namib Desert are also on display. The succulent collections includes aloes, xeric cycads, and Welwitschia mirabilis, a unique plant native to Namibia's coast.

Orangerie

The Orangerie is home to a vast array of sub-tropical and tropical plant species of high medicinal and economic importance. The wide variety of plants include spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, turmeric, ginger, and nutmeg; as well as stimulants like tea, cocoa, coffee, and kava. Fruits, including citrus and tamarind, and medicinal plants, such as neem and aloe vera, are also showcased. These plants provide visitors with a chance to see, smell, and touch many of the plants that are important in our lives.

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Edible Garden

The botanical garden's Edible Garden is not your average vegetable patch. It is a beautiful display of how vegetables and fruit can be used for landscaping. The garden is full of a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables year-round. Visitors will find a kaleidoscope of colors, from orange cauliflower in the spring to burgundy okra and purple beans in summer to apples, persimmons, pears, figs, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and muscadines in autumn. The Edible Garden also contains the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Outdoor Kitchen, where some of the top chefs in Atlanta hold cooking classes that feature seasonal recipes utilizing ingredients from the Edible Garden. Photo:

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»Rose Garden

Rose Garden

Guests will find a representative collection of landscape and old-fashioned roses in the Rose Garden. The garden is a treat for both the eyes and the nose with its fragrant, colorful roses mixed with perennials. The Rose Garden is particularly great to visit in late spring. The variety of roses are planted among appropriate perennials and managed organically.

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Dwarf and Conifer Garden

The Dwarf and Rare Conifer Garden features a large assortment of cone-bearing plants suitable for the Southeast. Guests can find the garden in front of the Fuqua Conservatory. The garden provides ideas on using conifer in smaller spaces for urban gardeners. The various textures and colors of gray, blue, shades of green, yellow, and silver are stunningly combined and offer new ideas with every visit.

Japanese Garden

Designed on a small scale using a variety of Asian landscaping styles, the Japanese Garden provides several ideas for urban gardeners. The garden combines elements from the hill-and-pond garden, tea garden, and courtyard garden styles. Bamboo fences and traditional Japanese architecture frame the Japanese Garden. Guests will also see a Chinese style moon gate and a 300-year-old lantern from Japan in the garden. A small waterfall, pond, and a sheltered teahouse work together to create a tranquil spot for visitors to think about the garden's beauty. The Japanese Garden showcases bermed areas with rare cultivars of bamboo (Nandina), dwarf conifers, dwarf Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), and rare weeping persimmon. Photo:

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»Conservation Gardens

Conservation Gardens


The Conservation Gardens are an important educational component of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Native Plant Conservation Program. One of the main focuses of the garden is the pitcher plant bogs. The Conservation Gardens are comprised of six themed bogs designed to showcase the characteristics of different bog habitats in nature: Georgia Bog, Coastal Plain Bog, Fall-line Bog, Hybrid Bog, Alabama Bog, and Western Gulf Coast Bog. Habitat themed paintings that display rare habitats in Georgia complement the bog gardens. Each of the paintings showcase unique plant communities found in the Southeastern United States, as well as some of the threatened and rare species of plants that are natively found in those habitats. The number of bog habitats have been decreasing dramatically and are becoming difficult to find in nature. There three plant community zones visitors will come across as they enter the Conservation Gardens from the Robinson Gazebo: Granite Outcrop, Fall-line Sandhill, and Longleaf Pine/Wiregrass.

Rock Garden

A typical rock garden often features Alpine plants, however, these plants don't thrive well in the Atlanta area. The Atlanta Botanical Garden's unusual "Southern Rock Garden" uses look-alikes that are more suitable for a southern climate instead of the alpine plants. The garden is exceptionally spectacular to visit in March and April.

Anne Cox Chambers Southern Seasons Garden

The Anne Cox Chambers Southern Seasons Garden, located just outside of the Hardin Visitor Center, is a brilliant combination of continuous bloom and woodlands. Guests can explore the wide assortment of plants throughout the garden, including trillium, camellias, hydrangeas, native ferns and orchids huddled around the base of native oak trees, beeches, and tulip poplars. The shady garden offers a view of flowers year-round, as well as a retreat from the heat during the summer with the garden being ten degrees cooler during summer than the rest of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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Animals

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is home to several species of animals in addition to plants. The tropical conservatory demonstrates horticultural practices that maintain a balanced, healthy ecosystem with the successful cohabitation of animals and plants. Guests can hear the mating call of geckos and the trilling of dart frogs, and watch as the dazzling yellow saffron finches fly overhead in the canopy. Visitors might also find tropical wood turtles and tortoises basking or several species of quail strolling among the understory brush. A dense waterfall, home to numerous tree frogs and dart frogs, flows over mossy stone into the pool below, home to alligator snapping turtles.

Education Programs

There is a vast variety of educational programs, classes, and workshops at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For adults, there are plenty of different classes, from cooking to art to gardening. There are also classes and workshops in beekeeping, yoga, amphibians, and more. There are several programs for children to participate in as well. Kids can listen to stories during Storybook Time, or dance along to music with Garden Grooves. The Atlanta Botanical Garden also offers Garden Playtime, Homeschool Days, Amphitheater Programs, and newly renovated Children's Garden. Guided school tours are also offered, each one focused on specific areas of interest and are tailored based on the age of students, from preschool to Grade 12.

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