Explore the flora and fauna (by day OR at Thursday night Cocktails!) in Atlanta's breathtaking urban oasis—no green thumb required.
Wandering the pathways of the garden, surrounded by blooming wisteria and blossoms of hydrangeas, meandering through the tropical conservatory as colorful finches flit around... yes, there's something about a visit to the Botanical Garden that has an instant blood-pressure-lowering effect. Even the not-so-green thumbs like myself (RIP, rosemary plant) can appreciate soaking up all that natural beauty smack-dab in the middle of hectic, bustling Midtown. After all, there's a reason it's been such a beloved institution in the city for over three decades. And on Thursday nights, the delightfully boozy Cocktails in the Garden is only part of it.
Getting your groove on to the sweet sounds of a live DJ while sipping a fresh cocktail, seasonal from the Garden's full bars: a great way to spend a Thursday evening, or the greatest way to spend a Thursday evening? Throw in the occasional dance party that might break out, and we're going to go with the latter. Especially when you hit up one of the chef's demos in the Edible Garden, where the Garden's chef prepares tasty, farm-to-table fare inspired by what's in season at the Garden (often using herbs and veggies from the Edible Garden itself). And that's something that, no matter how many shriveled brown rosemary plants I have on my porch, I can always get behind.
But even beyond the cocktails, the Garden has acres of beauty to keep you occupied (30 of 'em, in fact). You'll zen out in the beautiful Japanese garden, one of the oldest areas of the Garden. You'll visit the tropics inside the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, where rare and endangered plants thrive alongside colorful frogs from Central and South America. For the artistically inclined, you can spend hours taking in the Garden's sculptures, from their current exhibition, "Independent Visions," to their permanent collection (why yes, that is a Chihuly fountain). Once all that meandering has you feeling peckish, you can dine on fresh, seasonal fare at MetroFresh in the Garden, an Atlanta favorite that serves up fare inspired by the Garden itself.
And, of course, you'll have access to all
of this botanical goodness, whether you come on a weekday afternoon to stroll among the treetops on the Canopy Walk or head there on a Thursday night to schmooze it up with a cocktail. We have a feeling that, once you're surrounded by all that natural beauty and soaking up a healthy dose of fresh air, you'll want to do both.