Saturday, October 11, 2014

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS

I recently went to Atlanta for a work conference and spent the afternoon at their botanical gardens.

Having seen photos of 'plant sculptures' before I was generally not impressed.  Too unnatural I thought. 

Seeing them in person changed my mind however and now I find that they add charming whimsy to the garden.

 Who does not love orangutans?

 This grand sculpture/fountain combination was spectacularly impressive.


I liked the understated feeling of this massive fountain which was situated in the middle of a woodland, set quite a distance from the paths.

The horticulturalists created many different environments including this semi-shaded stream bed.


 The grasses in the foreground have a lovely spray effect and convey a sense of volume without 'blocking the view', so to speak.


I am 6'1" and these yellow beauties had to have been at least 8' tall. 
Wow!

Colour-blocking with some late-season Asters. 
Simple and effective.

I highly recommend making the trip to the Atlanta Botanical gardens if you ever have the opportunity.

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14 comments:

  1. Hi Derek, great post. Those plant sculptures are impressive. Also nice to see a photo of you in there. Have a great Sunday and thanks for sharing with Today's Flowers.

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  2. I love the fountain with the lady, but the other sculptures are fun too.

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    1. Yes, the lady fountain was really quite impressive.

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    2. I think it's hard for a gardener to go wrong visiting a botanical garden. I haven't been to one I haven't liked, but I certainly won't be able to visit them all. Thank you for sharing your visit. I would not have expected those plant sculptures.

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    3. Anastasia,
      Checking out their botanical garden was definitely something I knew I wanted to do while in town, it is always interesting to see what the professional horticulturalists and landscapers have up their sleeves.

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  3. Wonderfull garden and scultures,greeting from Belgium.
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  4. Thank you for sharing these beautiful gardens. I enjoyed the virtual visit! The Helianthus (sunflowers) certainly are wonderful!

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    1. Lee,
      Thanks for stopping by, I checked out your blog and it looks quite interesting!

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  5. The fountain is amazing. The botanical animals need some getting used to. Great shots!
    Thanks for linking with Floral Friday Fotos.

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    1. Nick, I agree the animals take getting used to. I generally prefer more natural arrangements, but I certainly appreciate the work that goes into building these, and I am sure that the children who go there must love them!

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  6. A very special place! Enjoyed the tour :-)

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