The first thing I noticed on arrival at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens was the amazing contrast used in their plantings.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ 2004 exhibit featured internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly. Two of his glass sculptures remain at the gardens.
Near the Earth Goddess in the Cascades Garden, I saw this interesting Leopard plant:
And this Golden Sweet Flag which was used as a ground cover. I could not decide if I really liked it or not so I took the photo to preserve it until I decide.
I also preserved for memory this purple salvia because I was unaware of this color salvia being available. I have pink salvia but I am so found of anything purple.
Towards the end of our garden tour, we watched a food demonstration using farro grain, swiss chard and grated cheese in the Edible Garden.
Also in the Edible Garden, I was most impressed with a brick wall that had a muscadine grape stem growing up a wire. The wire then went out in a diagonal triangle (if I were a math expert, I’d know the name of that triangle) to the other side of the brick wall. Any gardener with a privacy fence could rig up a similar wire system to grow espaliered fruit.
From the Edible Garden, we headed to the Great Lawn and the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center.
The following five photos are plants I found interesting but were unlabeled. A lot of their plants were not labeled — a tremendous disappointment to a gardener. This next plant caught my eye because it could be used in the back of a border for contrast. I have no idea what it is.
We had lunch somewhere in the garden. I couldn’t tell you because I didn’t have a map. Diane’s husband was carrying my map around in his pocket because I chose not to lug my 30 pound purse. The plate our lunch was served on was sensational, in my opinion. They were made from pressed leaves somewhere overseas, resembled bamboo and they all looked different. My excitement over the plates triggered another family discussion about “Crazy Relative Syndrome.” Now, I ask you, wouldn’t you have been impressed with a bamboo-like plate that was made from pressed leaves and was fully compostable? I was SO impressed I snuck four of the plates out of the place rather than placing them in the compost bins.
The gardener within me was also quite impressed with my sister’s trees. Covered with moss in a backyard getting too little sun. How cool is this?
Sorry it took so long to get this posted. My computer tried to croak on me. Thank God for my brother who fixed it.