Save the Date: Two Atlanta Botanical Garden Favorites Return Spring 2016

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Tulips in bloom at ABG

Every year, without fail, I tote the boys to Atlanta Botanical Garden each spring to see the tulips in bloom. I bribe them with candy, toys and ice cream to get picture-perfect shots of them among the sea of color….and I love it! Sometimes, when I am lucky, I even return later without the kids to soak up the sunshine the tulips offer. It’s one of my favorite place to be in spring!

2016 is going to be an amazing show, with landscape changes almost daily as more than 300,000 bulbs spring to life, including more than 38,000 new ones planted last fall. Among the tulips, visitors will be wowed by sweeping beds of Tequila Sunrise (mix of reds, oranges, yellows), Perestroyka (pink, peach, salmon), Daydream (orange), Menton (pink), and Maureen (cream).

“Planning for our tulip displays begins one year out while the current year’s blooms are in full swing,” said Amanda Campbell Bennett, manager of display gardens. “Our overall color schemes for each planting bed rotate annually, so no two years are alike!”

Peak bloom periods are dependent upon winter weather conditions, so she advised visitors check the Garden’s web site in early spring for updates.

Chihuly returns to ABG

We adore the blue and white glass sculpture that shimmers on the fountain from Chihuly’s last visit. It’s probably my favorite place to linger when we visit, which is why I am ELATED that Chihuly is returning the Garden this Spring.

Chihuly in the Garden, set for April 30 – October 30, 2016, will include 21 installations, all set amongst the Garden’s natural beauty (That’s more than twice as many as his 2004 exhibit brought.) The artist’s famed kaleidoscopic colored glass also may be experienced in a different light – at night when the Garden offers extended hours. Some of the installations are being created specifically for the Midtown garden, which in 2016 celebrates its 40th anniversary.

President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson said the new exhibition will be presented throughout the Garden, including its exquisite “gardens under glass” – the Fuqua Conservatory and Fuqua Orchid Center. The vibrantly colored artwork can be explored in a variety of botanical displays, including floating in pools, suspended in air, and interspersed with plantings.

Included among the many installations presented throughout the Garden will be a vibrant chartreuse Hornet Chandelier suspended from the Canopy Walk, hovering over bright purple Reeds rising from the forest floor. Nearby, a 30-foot-tall Saffron Tower will stand sentinel at one end of the Water Mirror pool.

Chihuly Nights will offer extended evening hours, giving visitors a different, yet spectacular experience for viewing the sculptures with dramatic lighting, set against the city’s beautiful skyline. Cocktails will be available at cash bars, and guests may enjoy dinner at the new Linton’s in the Garden restaurant opening in spring.

Gallery of previous years’

Chihuly tulips atlanta botanical gardens

Chihuly tulips atlanta botanical gardens

Chihuly tulips atlanta botanical gardens

Chihuly tulips atlanta botanical gardens

Chihuly tulips atlanta botanical gardens

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