The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is one of the cities most prized spots. It’s beautiful, vibrant, bursting with energy, and located in the heart of Atlanta. It provides a great atmosphere for families, date night, or even if you just want to walk around solo. Located on 30 acres, the Gardens feature rotating exhibitions of flowers, trees, plants, animals, vegetables, fruits, and art that provide a calming respite from the bustle of city life.
In addition to these exhibits, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens host numerous concerts and events every month geared toward every age. The Gardens are also hosting several great drinking and dining options, from casual to finer dining, depending on the vibe for the day. Below is a full round-up of the exhibits, concerts, and cocktails you can enjoy this summer at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Exhibits at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has permanent and rotating indoor and outdoor exhibits. One of the most popular is the Fuqua Orchid Center. The Fuqua Orchid Center has two sections—the Orchid Display House, which is arranged as a formal garden full of dozens of types of orchids, and the High Elevation House.
The focal point of the High Elevation House is a large waterfall flowing with multiple species of orchids found in the Andes mountains of South America. If you are looking for a unique date idea, wandering through the Fuqua Orchid Center can be a romantic and educational activity.
Additionally, the Desert House focuses on plants from the spiny forest region of Madagascar, an island off Southern Africa. The Orangerie provides an experience for all your senses, allowing visitors to see, smell, and touch plants from tropical and sub-tropical species with economic and medicinal purposes. There are exhibits filled with water plants, roses, lilies, and hydrangeas, as well as Japanese and Conservation Gardens.
A universal favorite collection among visitors is the Edible Garden, an impressive landscape of fruits and vegetables that is harvested and used for onsite cooking classes. Although the scope of the Edible Garden is likely larger than your average backyard vegetable patch, perusing the exhibit could even provide some ideas for your own gardening projects.
Cocktails in the Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden isn’t just a place to enjoy flowers and plants. It’s also a place to enjoy social events with friends in a beautiful setting. The Garden hosts events throughout the year, but one of the most popular is Cocktails in the Garden. During this fabulous cocktail party, guests enjoy specialty cocktails, live music, and other onsite entertainment and views of the Atlanta skyline.
The featured cocktail changes each month, with tequila as the focal point for May. The event is held in The Curious Garden, home to eleven installations created by artist Adam Schwerner, highlighting the Atlantic Botanical Gardens plant collections and conservation work. The installation is intended to prompt questions among attendees and provides a fantastic backdrop for the cocktail party that is both fun and intellectual.
While you’re here, pop into the Longleaf Restaurant for a delicious and exciting culinary experience. You can enjoy a full multi-course dinner or opt for grab-and-go to enjoy your meal in the garden. Either way, you’ll get fantastic views of Atlanta while you delight in the savory cuisine of Executive Chef Jason Paolini.
Concerts at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Concerts in the Garden is an annual event series that takes place at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Longleaf Restaurant (Atlanta Botanical Garden’s on-site restaurant) provides a pre-order meal service option for those who want to enjoy dinner under the stars, along with their live entertainment.
This year, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are hosting eight concerts, beginning in June and ending in September. The lineup is diverse and offers something for everyone.
Those who enjoy R&B music will be thrilled to hear that the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, is kicking off the season. For the rock fans, the Barenaked Ladies, Brandi Carlisle, Lifehouse, and Switchfoot will all be stopping by the Gardens.
Additionally, blues legend Buddy Guy will also be putting on a show in August that isn’t to be missed. No matter what your favorite type of music, there’s something for everyone this summer. With so many events and exhibits to see, it’s worth going several times this season to get a feel for everything the Gardens have to offer.