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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.
Monumental sculptures by artist Philip Haas visit the Garden this summer as reigning monarchs of the Great Lawn. Enjoy studying the intricate details of these compositions while marveling at the creative and surprising juxtaposition of recognizable plants employed in unexpected relationships.
Each gigantic bust, towering at more than 15 feet, is a whimsical embodiment of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The three-dimensional sculptures, made of painted fiberglass, feature oversized twigs, fruits, vegetables, leaves, and other natural elements indicative of their respective months of origin.
Every October the Garden is stuffed with nearly 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, and this year the creative scarecrows share the stage with the giant plant creatures of Imaginary Worlds during its final weeks.
Celebrate the harvest season with a selection of seasonal brews and live music. Bring a flashlight to explore Scarecrows in the Garden , and this is the final month to see the living sculptures of Imaginary Worlds.
A variety of fall-themed ales are available for purchase:
Ace Pumpkin Cider
Bell's Best Brown Ale
Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale
Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter
Please note: The Children's Garden closes at dusk.
Thursdays in October
5 - 10 p.m.
Visit the Children's Garden for fun fall themed activities! Pumpkin bowling, craft activities and a plush pumpkin toss will delight youngsters of all ages.
Free with Admission
Saturdays and Sundays, October
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Drop by the Fuqua Conservatory lobby to watch the conservation team tend to the rare and endangered amphibians on display at the Garden. The frogs jump into action when presented with their meal, and the amphibian specialist is available to answer questions about these captivating creatures.
On Saturday mornings a public frog feeding allows visitors the opportunity to observe one of the most interesting aspects of these amphibians - their feeding behavior. Most frogs have long sticky tongues that shoot out from their mouths at food. Some, like Poison Frogs, are able to do this with such incredible speed and accuracy that all visitors notice are flies disappearing. Others, like the Splendid Leaf Frog, are dramatic feeders and hardly use their tongues at all, but rather grab the cricket with their large hands and stuff it right in their mouths.
Each weekend in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen, the Garden Chef showcases fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs in simple and mouthwatering recipes. Be inspired to try something new the next time you cook.
Enjoy live music, shop the marketplace and more. Relax with mini spa treatments and a chance to win a botanical massage at the The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Purchase hand-crafted items in the Member Marketplace and gather seasonal planting tips from horticulture staff and Master Gardeners. Plus, enjoy star-gazing hosted by the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Delicious fall food and drink available for purchase.
Find pottery, wood working, jewelry and more by local and regional artists at the annual fall market. After shopping, enjoy a cold one at Fest-of-Ale!
Presenting a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping and meet artisians:
Fair trade Guatemalan textile purses, clothing and bead work Angela Kang
Fabric and beaded headbands and hats Lora Rust
Original pottery Robert Andersen
Handcrafted stationary and notecards Rozelle Morton-Bush
Hand blown glass, ornaments and sculpture
Thursday, October 16
5 - 10 p.m.
The Science Cafe returns this spring to explore the topic of "Plants and Human Health" during Cocktails in the Garden for a series of fun and lively discussions.
The series addresses health topics such as the development of low-cost drugs for treating malaria with synthetic compounds from sweet wormwood, the search for new sources of medicines in the Balkans and the use of Strychnos shrubs as a remedy, drug or deadly poison.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and sip from the featured "creative cocktail" as they discuss its botanical ingredients with Garden staff. The relaxed atmosphere allows visitors to ask questions, explore new topics, become informed and talk with scientists.
Rain or shine. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Sunday, October 19
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Local chefs and designers square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The participants have 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin and audience applause declares the winner. May the most ghoulish gourd win!
Following the competition, the carved pumpkins are sold in a silent auction benefiting the Garden. Also, don't miss the wacky Scarecrows in the Garden.
Thursday, October 23
7 - 8 p.m.
Herbalist, author, and photographer Steven Foster discusses how more than 400 native and naturalized medicinal plants and other botanical resources gained new focus in the South during the Civil War. With ports blockaded and foreign imports difficult to obtain, experts were called upon to rapidly inventory and develop information on the practical uses of wild-growing plants of all kinds. That information is still relevant today, providing intrigue and interest for gardeners, herbalists, historians and scientists.
Steven Foster celebrates 40 years of work in the medicinal plant field. He has published more than 900 photo-illustrated articles in a wide range of media and serves as and is a longtime contributor to HerbalGram. Foster is the co-author of 18 books.
The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation. Admission is free and no reservations are required.
Free Alston Lecture
Thursday, November 6
Garden Lights flips on with hot new colors to warm up the season!
The fourth annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. Come back to explore all new color schemes and the one-time-only appearance of giant Butterflies, a Unicorn, and Frogs from Imaginary Worlds.
Favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.