Plan a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens...Ooohh talk about eye candy! Let's take a little tour together and enjoy a flora extravaganza escape in Atlanta today, ok?
Upon entering the lobby I was greeted by a friendly staff member who briefed this rascally gal group (my cohorts Sharon, Peggy and me) of all the treasures that lay in front of us. This was going to be a smashing day! In the lobby I was WOWED by the sight of a spectacular Dale Chihuly glass masterpiece, the way it was suspended from the ceiling was an engineering feat in itself!
When us gals walked outside we were greeted by an old friend of mine who needed to borrow my hat. I couldn't refuse because it was such a sunny day and I know how the harsh sun can effect his health.
Talk about eye candy at the ATL Botanical Gardens, check it out for yourself! Lavender daydreams await you here with the hibiscus and this beautiful hydrangea flora species.
Drop by the Fuqua Orchid Center and you'll find Phalaenopsis, Ladyslipers (my fav), Cymbidiums, Oncidiums in a reflecting pool and scads of other odd species to delight you! Some looked they were going to gobble us up and others looked liked exotic spiders...too cool. Word of caution to curly heads...bring a ponytail holder when entering the Orchid Center...major curl explosions and frizz will happen, trust.
I was keen on finding some creatures at the ATL Botanical Gardens and I was not disappointed. Have a look for yourself, turtles, exotic frogs, and winged beauties are here just begging you to photograph them. I obliged. Click here for really colorful dragon fly photo previous posted on another blog, I promise you won't be disappointed! I had to shoot the frogs through their glass tanks so there is bit of glare on the pics.
Welcome to the Conservatory, the wildest looking species hang out here! The long vines hanging down are actually tree roots, it was crazy wild viewing it in person.
Yep, there's Peg hanging out in the conservatory, she's pretty wild, take my word for it...I won't put in print what shenanigans she gets into. Wow, looks like we should have gotten Sharon to the snack stand a lot sooner! Do you think these orchids tastes like chicken???
Here are a few snaps of a Bromeliad, Haliconia, and what I think may be some species of Jack in Pulpits. Not everything was labeled so if you know what this is please chime in, ok? Not sure what the last pictured epiphytic species is either.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is big on art also, here a few handmade glass flowers floating in the outside pond, positively exquisite I'd say. These works of floating art are by the Cohn-Stone Studios.
Those that know me & read my blog know I couldn't end this garden journey without a mention of a butterfly. These babys were fluttering and landing all over me, hey they tickled!!! Here is one photo capture that my friend Peg happen to snap.
You gotta make time to visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens when you get a chance. They have a whole list of happenings so be sure to check out website and make plans to visit...and for goodness sake don't forget your camera!
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 / 404.876.5859