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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.
Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city!
Explore Imaginary Worlds at night, groove to the sounds of Lethal Rhythms DJs, catch a tantalizing chef demo in the Edible Garden, and watch for surprise cultural performances. Join science enthusiasts every third Thursday for Science Cafe. Check out Pumpernickel the Rabbit and her friends, courtesy of Zoo Atlanta on July 31.
Monthly themes and specialty drinks highlight the living sculptures of Imaginary Worlds:
MAY – I'll Have What She's Having JUNE – Go Bananas JULY – Gettin' Fuzzy AUGUST – Hop To It SEPTEMBER – Fruit Looped
Concerts in the Garden encores for a 12th annual stellar season. Enjoy live music on the Great Lawn at Atlanta's most beautiful venue!
Purchase tickets through Ticket Alternative or in person at Garden Admissions.* Garden members present membership card at Admissions or enter the mailed promotion code plus member number online to receive discount. Donor level Garden members and above call 404-591-1539 for Platinum Tickets.
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.
The amphibian displays include a variety of endangered frogs from Central and South America. One species, the Splendid Leaf Frog, is found natively from Honduras to Ecuador in low to mid-elevation forests. They live in the forest canopy and can be very difficult to find in the wild. Click on the thumbnail to the left to see a Splendid Leaf Frog in action.
Another species on view is Dyeing Poison Frogs. Despite the different colors and patterns, all of these frogs are the same species. They have a huge range in South America. These frogs are toxic to other animals in their native habitat in part due to their diet; however, in captivity, changes in their diet cause the frogs lose their toxicity and are completely harmless. Stop by to watch them feeding on fruit flies.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.
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.
Saturdays & Sundays
May - October
noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Don’t miss an extraordinary evening with rock legend and environmental advocate Chuck Leavell.
Leavell has been playing and touring with the Rolling Stones for over 30 years. His piano and keyboard work have also been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, and many more.
In addition to his musical expertise, Leavell is a respected authority on forestry and conservation. A long-time tree farmer and co-founder of The Mother Nature Network, he has authored several books on the environment and tree conservation. Leavell is a highly sought after speaker on the subject, often invited by government officials to share his knowledge and help shape forest policy in the United States. Leavell will share his thoughts on the future of forest stewardship and just might play a few tunes!
The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the families of Edwina & Tom Johnson and Duvall & Rex Fuqua. Proceeds benefit the conservation program at the Garden.
Monday, August 18
Doors Open 6 p.m.
Lecture 7 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.
Every October the Garden is stuffed with more than 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.
Registration is now open to participate in the fall fun!