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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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.
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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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.
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