It’s a lush destination in the middle of the big city.

By Southern Living
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Credit: Courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Jason Getz

If you find yourself in Atlanta and want to see the city’s premiere horticultural destination, or if you’re simply seeking a serene wander through blooming green paths, set your sights on the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It’s a verdant destination in the heart of Atlanta. Located on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown, the Atlanta Botanical Garden opened in 1976 and now includes 30 acres of gardens, plant collections, exhibitions, and attractions.

Throughout the gardens are spots the whole family will enjoy, including the Children’s Garden, Storza Woods, Canopy Walk, Skyline Garden, Cascades Garden, Levy Parterre, Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, and Longleaf Restaurant, where visitors can enjoy a meal after wandering the gardens, among many others.

The gardens offer school and group tours as well as garden classes on topics including improving your home garden, creating your dream garden, growing culinary herbs, planting an autumn vegetable garden, and learning to draw plants and flowers. Upcoming classes will cover topics such as forcing bulbs, pruning Japanese maples, and making homemade pies. A complete list can be found here.

The gardens are a great place to visit year-round, but things get especially festive during the holiday season. The Garden Nights, Holiday Lights event illuminates the gardens with festive holiday displays. They call it an “electrical extravaganza,” and it lights up every night through the middle of January. There’s also s’mores and warm cups of winter drinks to keep you feeling festive as you take in the season’s sights, including the can’t-miss tunnel of light. You can learn more about the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s special events and exhibitions here.

Find more information about the Atlanta Botanical Garden and resources to help you plan your trip at You can find and purchase tickets here.

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Have you ever visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden? What’s your favorite green space to visit for a long afternoon wander or fun Saturday outing?