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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.
September is SWAPtember for members! Garden members receive up to $10 off a membership purchase or discounted/free admission at other cultural institutions and attractions in Atlanta throughout the month.
Present your membership card at participating attractions to receive your membership discount. Members of other attractions will receive a $10 membership discount at the Garden by presenting their cards on-site.
Please visit the participating attraction website for details and restrictions:
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. Every third Thursday, join Science Cafe for a series of fun and lively discussions. Monthly themes and specialty drinks highlight the living sculptures of Imaginary Worlds.
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.
Yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around them, so it is essential to keep them in working order. Doug Tallamy, in partnership with Trees Atlanta, discusses the important ecological roles of the plants, emphasizes the benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explores the the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities.
Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. He has written more than 65 research articles and taught insect taxonomy and behavioral ecology. Learn more about how oak trees protect the environment as Tallamy presents a second lecture, Let It Be Oak, on September 17 at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.
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
Tuesday, September 16
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.
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.
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! Registration ends September 12 - space is limited.
Toast fall with specialty brews, live bluegrass music and other fun every Thursday night.
Arts & Ales
Get a head start on holiday shopping and meet local artisans offering unique gifts.
Goblins in the Garden
Bring little goblins dressed in their Halloween best to show off on the Goblin Runway, participate in fall-themed crafts, ride a pony, hop on board the ride-on-train and more.
Watch creative chefs and designers carve their way through the competition in pursuit of the coveted title. Vote for your favorite pumpkin design.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season with a selection of seasonal brews and live music. Explore Scarecrows in the Garden and Imaginary Worlds by the golden light of an autumn sunset, and bring a flashlight for a spooky woodland stroll.
Fest-of-Ale includes a variety of fun activities for everyone. Don't miss Arts & Ales on October 16 or the Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 23.
A variety of fall-themed ales are available for purchase.
Members FREE | Adult $18.95 | Child age 3-12 $12.95 Child under 3 free | Guest passes accepted | Cash Bars
Please note: The Children's Garden closes at dusk.
Thursdays in October
5 - 10 p.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, 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.