Careful estimates indicate that our planet is entering the sixth great extinction in history and that half of all biological species could be lost by the end of this century. For plants, the situation is particularly urgent, but there are conservation tactics that could help save a great majority of them. Join Dr. Peter Raven to explore special methods for plant conservation and how the role of institutions like botanical gardens is essential. Peter H. Raven, a leading botanist and advocate of conservation and biodiversity, is president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, Dr. Raven is a Trustee of the National Geographic Society and Chairman of the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Center for Plant Conservation, a national organization.

Free admission | No reservation required

Peter Raven

The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the families of Edwina and Tom Johnson & Duvall and Rex Fuqua.

Tuesday, October 6
7 p.m.

The Garden is stuffed with fall fun! Enjoy over 100 spooky, creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Come enjoy another season of fall family events.

More Fall Happenings:

Arts & Ales
Goblins in the Garden
Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest

Scarecrow Rules and Guidelines


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October 8 - 31

Congratulations to the 2014 Grand Prize winner! <em>Caffeine-IX by the Toole Family</em><em>Ghoul Scout by The Children's School Fourth Grade Girl Scouts</em> (Second Place)<em>AmeriCROW the BOOtiful! by Terry Metzler and Crew</em> (Third Place)

Celebrate artisan cheese and specialty food producers from across the globe. The festivities begin with a Grilled Cheese Meltdown and Macdown competition where attendees have a chance to vote for a champion after sampling grilled cheese sandwhich creations. Wander through the Garden and sample items from cheesemakers.

$37.50 General Admission
$75 VIP Admission

Proceeds Benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden
and The Giving Kitchen


Atlanta Cheese Festival

Friday, October 9
5:30 - 10 p.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.

Free with Garden Admission

Supported By
BNY Mellon

Saturdays & Sundays
May - October
noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Basil SauceGarden Gazpacho with Shrimp and AvocadoChive Yogurt Dip with Cucumbers and Long BeansRoasted Beets with an Almond Orange VinaigretteGrilled Figs Stuffed with Prosciutto and Goat Cheese

The Science Café is moving to Sundays with coffee, tea and a juice bar. This season's topic is the Science of Light in celebration of the International Year of Light and Light Technologies. Visit early and enjoy brunch at The Café at Linton's in the Garden, and come back at dusk to explore Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden.

Free with Garden Admission | Meet in Mershon Hall



Second Sundays
May - October
2 p.m.

Celebrate Columbus Day at the Garden!

Stroll the newly opened Gardens in Storza Woods, enjoy the amazing orchids in the Fuqua Orchid Center, get hungry with a feast for the eyes in the Edible Garden and dine at The Café at Linton's in the Garden from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The new Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville is also open to explore.

Monday, October 12
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Find pottery, wood working, jewelry and more by local and regional artists at the annual fall market. After shopping, enjoy a cold one at Fest-of-Ale!

Presenting a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping and meet artisians:

Robert Andersen
Handcrafted stationary and notecards

Lisandra Baez
Original jewelry

DD Garden Goods
Artistic, functional bird houses and garden décor

Denise Dolan
Hand poured soy candles and washi paper jewelry

Fairy Garden Mother
Lighted, living terrariums

Angela Kang
Fabric and beaded headbands and hats

Rozelle Morton-Bush
Hand blown glass, ornaments and sculpture

Phil Scales
Traditional German stollen
(Email to purchase)

Thursday, October 15
5 - 10 p.m.

Contributing level Garden members and above are invited to join Abby Gale, Public Programs Manager, for an engaging presentation highlighting Edible Garden happenings offered by the Garden. Enjoy a delicious meal compliments of Murphy's. Become a member or upgrade your membership to join!

Kindly RSVP by October 12
By Phone 404-585-2053
By Email

Monday, October 19
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual, Dual, and Contributing level and above members are invited to enjoy an evening in the Garden. Listen to live music, shop the local artist market, and enjoy food demos. Plus, take advantage of a double discount in the Garden Gift Shop. Children’s activities will not be available on this evening. Members with children are encouraged to attend Member Family Evening.

Kindly RSVP by October 19
RSVP by Phone 404-585-2051
RSVP by Email

Present current membership card or membership confirmation at Garden Admissions. Guest passes not accepted.


Wednesday, October 21
6 - 9 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season with a selection of seasonal brews and live music. Bring a flashlight to explore Scarecrows in the Garden.

A variety of fall-themed ales are available for purchase:

Ace Pumpkin Cider
Bell's Best Brown Ale
Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale
Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter
Punkin Ale
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Adults $18.95 | Members FREE
Guest Passes Accepted | Cash Bars

Thursdays, October 8 - 29
5 - 10 p.m.

Bring young goblins dressed in their Halloween best to show off on the Goblin Runway, participate in fall-themed crafts, listen to stories, ride a pony or hop on board the Ride-on-Train!

Battina the Friendly Witch will tell stories at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Day Hall. Show off your costume on the runway at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. 

Train Rides: $3 per passenger, children only
(Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
The Ride-on-Train does not run during inclement weather. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

Pony Rides: $4
Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

Plus, explore Scarecrows in the Garden. The Garden is stuffed with more than 100 wacky creations.

Rain or shine. Food and beverage available for purchase.

Regular Daily Admission | Members FREE

Sunday, October 25
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Goblins dressed in their Halloween best!Chug along with the Ride-on-Train.Pony rides!Participate in fall-themed crafts.

Explore the roots of modern horticulture with a visual journey of plants from the Mediterranean and how they spice up today’s gardens and kitchens with Greek food writer Aglaia Kremezi and Greek-American cook and herbalist Patricia Kyritsi Howell.

Free admission | No reservation required

Alston Lecture

The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Wednesday, October 28
7 p.m.

Cheer on the slicing and dicing as contestants carve the most impressive gourd. Local chefs and designers square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The participants have 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin and audience applause declares the winner. May the most ghoulish gourd win!

Contestants to be announced soon!

Following the competition, the carved pumpkins are sold in a silent auction benefiting the Garden. Also, don't miss the wacky Scarecrows in the Garden.


Thursday, October 29
7 - 8 p.m.

Family and Family Plus level and above members are invited to enjoy an evening in the Garden. Bring the kids for children's activities, listen to live music, shop the local artist market, and enjoy food demos. Plus, take advantage of a double discount in the Garden Gift Shop.

Kindly RSVP by October 26
RSVP by Phone 404-585-2054
RSVP by Email

Two adults plus children or grandchildren under 18 allowed per membership. Present current membership card or membership confirmation at Garden Admissions. Guest passes not accepted.

Friday, October 30
6 - 9 p.m.

We live in a post-wild world, increasingly surrounded by urbanization, but a new way of thinking is emerging. It does not seek nature in remote mountain tops, but fi nds it instead in the midst of cities and suburbs. Join writer and landscape architect Thomas Rainer to learn how naturally occurring plant communities hold the secrets for gardeners to create resilient, diverse and beautiful plantings.

Free admission | No reservation required

The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Thursday, November 5
7 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 21 - 22
Saturday - Sunday, November 28 - 29
Saturday - Sunday, December 5 - 6
Saturday - Sunday, December 12 - 13
Saturday - Tuesday, December 19 - 20
Daily, December 21 - 24, 26 - 27

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 21 - December 27
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 28 - December 19
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join the once-a-year fun of dogs in the Garden. Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges or to just show off.

Enjoy Pup Tent refreshments, Photos with Saint Nick, and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the Doggie Expo. The first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special Wag-Bag of gifts. Don't have a dog? Come enjoy the show!

Registration Opens November 2!

Questions About the Parade?

Registration opens November 2. The cost is $15 per dog. Regular Garden admission applies for humans and handlers. Guest passes and membership cards are accepted for human entry. The walk-up cost, in addition to regular human entry, is $18 per dog at the door. Walk-up dogs may not compete for prizes or participate in the parade.

December 5
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dog Pack CategoryPuppy CategoryBotanical CategoryDog-Owner Dress-a-Like CategoryAdult Category


Garden Lights encores for a fifth season!

The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. In 2015, explore new features like the massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

Tickets On Sale Now!


November 14, 2015
- January 9, 2016

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 - Thursdays
1:30 p.m.