Events

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Make an impact with a 2014 tax-deductible gift that helps provide vital support for the Garden’s extraordinary plant displays, exceptional education programs, critical conservation work, and more.

Your gift helps provide compelling experiences for thousands of schoolchildren each year that teach them about the environment and life sciences. It makes possible engaging Garden events and programming, ranging from gardening classes and free lectures, to cooking demonstrations and sculpture exhibitions. Contributions also help fund efforts to protect endangered plants and amphibians across the Southeast, some of which might otherwise be lost forever.

Every online gift of $75 or more made by December 31 is entered in a drawing to win a Concerts in the Garden thank you package including 2 tickets to a concert of your choice and a concert parking pass ($130 value).

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Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

G-scale choo choo trains and a holiday trolley chug along six tracks in an imaginary, beautifully planted mountain landscape. They emerge from tunnels, cross bridges over rippling water, and soar across trestles. Small towns, train stops, and other structures dot the landscape. The trains depart during regular daytime hours and at night during Garden Lights.*

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After exploring the model trains take a ride on the Botanical Express Ride-on-Train!

*Trains may not run during inclement weather.

November 15 - January 3

The model trains return for new adventures!Take a journey around the holiday model train garden!

LAGERQUIST GALLERY presents an exhibition of original art focusing on the integral part food plays in our lives. Food enriches both the body and the soul. The joy of cooking and sharing the results becomes an important element of our everyday lives, our family holiday traditions and special occasions. Food, whether homemade comfort food for a crowd, an extravagant gourmet experience or an intimate dinner for two, is the common thread that unites and creates life long memories. Bon Appétit!

Founded in 1971 LAGERQUIST GALLERY is Atlanta’s oldest fine art gallery representing established as well as emerging artist from across the United States.

To purchase artwork, please visit the Garden Gift Shop. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

November 15 - January 4

Meet Saint Nick clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos. 

Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Saturdays, November 29 - December 20
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All aboard The Botanical Express! The popular children's Ride-on-Train is set to depart on a journey in the Garden.

$3 per passenger*
Tickets sold in the Hardin Visitor Center

Train Schedule
Saturday - Sunday, November 22 -23
Saturday - Sunday, November 29 - 30
Saturday - Sunday, December 6 - 7
Saturday - Sunday, December 13 - 14
Saturday - Tuesday, December 20 - 21
Daily, December 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28

Don't miss a stop at the Holiday Model Train Show to watch G-scale trains and a holiday trolley chug through an imaginary, beautifully planted landscape.

*Children under 3 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Ride-on-Train does not run during inclement weather.

Weekends & Select Weekdays
November 22 - December 28
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.

Watch the Frogs in Action on YouTube!

Saturdays, 11 a.m.

 

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, Frogs and Shaggy Dog 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.

November 15 – January 10
5 – 10 p.m.

The Orchestral Orbs light up the night!Glow in the Radiant Rainforest.Roast s'mores over a toasty fire.

Visitors are invited to take a stroll with a knowledgeable volunteer guide to discover interesting insights about the Garden and what's in bloom.

Free with Garden admission. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center five minutes prior to tour time.

Groups of 10 or more qualify for groups pricing, but must register at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the discount.

Group Ticket Information

Tuesdays - Fridays
1:30 p.m.

Orchid Daze celebrates iconic Pop Art images! The annual exhibition goes bold and playful, highlighting the Pop Art movement with equally fun and iconic orchids.

Colorful, frothy Cattleya orchids have been in cultivation for more than a century – hybrids that have become associated in popular culture with extravagance and exaggerated allure. These flowers take center stage during the third in a series of Orchid Daze exhibits inspired by art in the Fuqua Orchid Center. “It’s going to be a really fun take on our extremely popular exhibit that fills the Orchid Center with this lush fragrance every winter,” says Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson. Orchid Daze: Pop! combines that floral icon with Pop Art images by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. The two previous events highlighted impressionist and surrealist works. 

Along with being widely recognized, cattleyas have a reputation for being difficult to grow. A step-by-step photo guide to repotting is available on the Fuqua Orchid Center Blog:

The Orchid Column

 

February 7 - April 12

Enjoy an elegant evening of music, dancing, cocktails, desserts and orchids at the most romantic spot in Atlanta. Take a stroll through the tropical conservatories, sample heart-melting treats from the city's top caterers, sip specialty cocktails from cash bars, dance to live music! Guests also receive a free long stemmed rose (while supplies last).

Tickets On Sale Soon!

*Sales tax & ticketing fees not included. Garden Members must enter the password provided via email to receive the discount.

 

Saturday, February 14
7 - 11 p.m.

Dance the night away with live music!Sample scrumptious sweet treats!Celebrate at the most romantic spot in town.Sip on cocktails and dance to live entertainment.Lush fragrance sets the mood!Photos Courtesy of Chelsea Patricia Photography