A New Kingdom of Plant Giants
The wonder and magic of Imaginary Worlds returns bigger and better with more sculptures and new imagination. Through October, explore a Garden enchanted by 28 fantastic living sculptures.
Frogs, Gorillas and Orangutans join returning favorites like the Unicorn, Ogre, Cobras, Rabbits, and Butterflies. The sculptures have been re-imagined with new plant designs and are located in different areas throughout the Garden. Earth Goddess, the largest sculpture at 25-feet-tall, dones dramatic new tresses flowing above the Cascades Garden.
“This exhibition will be the largest ever presented in the U.S. and promises to be another ‘wildly’ successful one,” says Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s president and CEO.
Each sculpture is a living work of art. Thousands of annuals are planted in colorful, ornate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil. A combination of internal irrigation systems and hand watering help the plants to flourish. Each sculpture is meticulously groomed on a weekly schedule to maintain the artistic lines as the plants grow.
The team at the Atlanta Botanical Garden partnered with the creative genius of International Mosaiculture of Montreal, a nonprofit group which has staged wildly successful exhibitions around the world. Imaginary Worlds is the first major exhibition of its kind in the U.S.
Imaginary Worlds at Night
Thursdays, May - September
6 - 10 p.m.
Explore the fantasy world of Imaginary Worlds dramatically lit under the stars during Cocktails in the Garden.
I hope that one million visitors come to see what a magical work of art this is.
- Cesare Matrundola
Awesome fairy tale design!
- Indie Underwood Bowman
As we have come to appreciate, another lovely offering of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
- Dennis R. Kemp
I want to go back and enjoy this again and brings my friends that love gardens and creativity.
- Marina Alden Bryant
Know Before You Go
- The figures in Imaginary Worlds are delicate works of art. Thank you for not touching the living sculptures.
- The Fuqua Orchid Center Art Gallery is the perfect place to cool off and learn more about the exhibition. Read about the history of mosaiculture and this exhibition, and see images of the design and installation process.
- Hidden treasure awaits youngsters! Plan to take part in an Imaginary Worlds Treasure Hunt on the last Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Suggested ages: 3 - 5
- Parents and caregivers are invited to take a Garden Stroller Strut every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Suggested ages: 1 - 2