Atlanta Botanical Garden
Set in the northwest corner of Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a stunning 30 acre (12 hectare) garden composed of winding paths and a number of smaller themed gardens. Each themed garden contains different landscapes to display a variety of plants. Two woodland areas, Upper Woodland and Storza Woods, feature large trees, paved paths, a fern glade, bubbling brooks, and shade-loving flowers and undergrowth.
One of the major highlights of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, a massive collection of plants from tropical rainforests and deserts. Another is the Tropical Rotunda, a rainforest populated by tropical birds, turtles, and several exhibits of poison dart frogs. For those wanting to see the woodland areas from above, try the Canopy Walk, which gives you a bird’s-eye view from 40 feet (12 meters) up.
Other highlights include a rock garden, a dwarf conifer garden, an English knot herb garden, a tranquil moon-gated Japanese garden, a rose garden, and annual and perennial displays. Young families will love the Children's Garden, which features whimsical sculptures, fountains, and interpretive exhibits on botany, ecology, and nutrition.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in midtown Atlanta, adjacent to Piedmont Park on Piedmont Avenue. You can easily get here by car, bus, and MARTA trains. Be sure to check for special events. Flower shows and other activities are held throughout the year.
The Garden’s café serves sandwiches, salads, and snacks. There’s also a gift shop, which has a wide range of toys, books, and other gifts.