Winter at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Published: 05/13/16 8:00 PM in Local, North America, Travel.
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Winter might be an extremely odd time of year to visit a garden best known for flower varieties and plenty of color, but that didn’t stop us from visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden during my mom’s visit to Atlanta. As we were deciding what part of the city to visit with my mom, we really wanted to take advantage of the beautiful, albeit chilly, weather by spending the day outside. So the Botanical Garden was an excellent way to spend a morning/afternoon walking around outside while also staying within the heart of the city of Atlanta.

Since the Botanical Garden is located within Piedmont Park, it is located in the middle of Midtown. This gives the entire park a beautiful city skyline peeking out above the trees reminding you of the hustle and bustle of the city around you.

After enjoying a delicious southern breakfast at The Flying Biscuit Cafe, we spent the entire afternoon meandering through the different gardens with the park. It was a lovely winter day with just enough chill in the air to make a jacket necessary, but not enough to make you want to stay indoors. It took us about 3-4 hours to experience all the areas of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens so it is easy to pass a full day within this urban park.

Kevin Banogon and Charlene Kirsten pose in at the Atlanta Botanical Garden within Piedmont Park during the winter.

The beauty of winter in Georgia is apparent at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Modern architecture within the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the winter.

The view up a beautiful oak in the Atlanta Botanical Garden on a sunny winter day.

Charlene Kristen takes a winter stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Garden.


The Textures of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

It is an undeniable fact that botanical gardens conjure up images of garden beds filled with flowers interspersed with greenery to act as a buffer between vibrant colors. This is also supported by the fact that the most iconic image for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a large sculpture of the bust of a woman composed primarily of flowering plants that pours water from her hand into the Cascades Garden. Flowers and greenery flow down to make up her hair as a symbol of spring in Atlanta.

However, Kevin and I have often found that it is the varying textures of the plant life that inspire awe as we visit botanical gardens. This was the case during our visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Jardí Botànic de Barcelona. Visiting during the winter made the varying shade of green pop and put the focus on the less flashy residents with the gardens.


A well cared for Hinoki Cypress at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The lady of the garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is still beautiful in her winter foliage.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Charlene Kirsten pose in front of the Lady of the Garden.

Kevin Banogon stands inside the tropical conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The aerial roots and palm trees inside the conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

A peaceful water display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon pose with the frogs at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during a day-trip in Atlanta, Georgia.

The textures of the edible garden within the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Kevin Banogon gets ready to devour the brussels sprouts inside the edible garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.


The Delights of the Edible Garden

One extensive and beautiful section of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens was the Edible Garden found on a path from the Great Lawn. As the name implies, everything planted within this garden is edible and are mostly typical fruits or vegetables anyone would use in a recipe at home. This garden truly makes an impactful statement as if beautifully illustrates the fact that fruits and vegetables make beautiful landscape plants while also providing a service to the home.

Within this garden there was everything from kale and brussels sprouts to apples and pears; all of which are lovingly arranged to maximize their aesthetic appeal and their functional growth. It was also interesting to learn that Atlanta’s top chefs present cooking classes every weekend May through October in the Outdoor Kitchen within the Edible Garden. The Garden Chef will showcase seasonal recipes using ingredients harvested from the garden to further demonstrate the practicality of including edible plants in your landscaping. Also, any harvested food not used in educational programs in the gardens is donated to local charities.


The beauty of Kale in the edible garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Kevin Banogon sits in the Japanese garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Kevin Banogon standing in the pergola at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Charlene Kirsten poses in the Japanese Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Charlene Kirsten enjoy the Japanese Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Meredith Lambert Banogon poses as the Vitruvian Man at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in the winter.

The beautiful glass displays at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the winter.

The city of the Atlanta seen from the lawn at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the winter.

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