Events

Swap the savings during the 7th annual SWAPtember savings event for members! Garden members receive up to $10 off a membership or discounted 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:

Atlanta History Center
Booth Western Art Museum
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Center for Puppetry Arts
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
High Museum of Art
Historic Oakland Foundation
Margaret Mitchell House
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Museum of Design Atlanta
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Tellus Science Museum
The Breman Museum
Zoo Atlanta

September 1 - 30

September is Member Appreciation Month!

Garden Members enjoy special offers and the chance to win great prizes.

Thank you for supporting the Garden.

September 2015

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

Saturdays & Sundays
May - September
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 Garden is open for Labor Day!

Come enjoy a day strolling the Canopy Walk and the gorgeous Fuqua Orchid Center!

Monday, September 7
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Indulge in a delicious weekend of cooking demos, chocolate samples and fun activities. Learn about the chocolate-making process and discover the tree where it all begins. Stop by the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen to see local chocolatiers and pastry chefs whip up chocolaty treats.

Free with Admission

Saturday - Sunday
September 12 - 13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Discover how beautiful landscaping in any size garden can produce lots of food for eating and drinking. Author Nan Chase shares some of her favorite and most productive plants, including flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs.

Free admission | No reservation required

Nan Chase

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

Tuesday, September 15
7 p.m.

Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden features unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber by Munro, a British artist internationally acclaimed for his use of light as an artistic medium. The Garden transforms at dusk with imaginative, luminous works of art. Arrive early to enjoy the daylight beauty of the Garden and stroll the newly developed Gardens of Storza Woods.

Light is a site-specific exhibition and the largest by the artist in the Southeast. “This show will be something unlike any other that Atlantans have experienced,” says Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson. “At dusk, the Garden will become this enchanting landscape that visitors just have to see to believe.”

Preview Video

Exhibition Guide & Map

Wednesday - Sunday
May 2 - October 3
6 - 11 p.m.

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The Garden of Eden Ball is the largest annual fundraiser in support of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The black-tie gala features a spectacular evening of dinner and dancing on the Great Lawn. The Tom Glenn family is being honored for their long-term philanthropic support of the Garden and its mission.

This year's theme Eden in Bloom celebrates the summer art exhibition Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden.

Honoring
The Glenn Family
Lou and Tom Glenn
Louisa and Michael D'Antignac
Rand and Seth Hagen

Ball Chairs
Audra Dial and Matthew Ford

Ball Advisor
Dean DuBose Smith

Saturday, September 26
6:30 p.m.

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.

Every October the Garden is stuffed with nearly 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Come enjoy another season of fall family fun.

Register Now

Rules and Guidelines

Registration deadline is Friday, September 11.
Space is limited.

 

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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

FAQs

Atlanta Cheese Festival

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

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

CCHF

 

Second Sundays
May - October
2 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:

Coleccion Luna
Fair trade Guatemalan textile purses, clothing and bead work

Angela Kang
Fabric and beaded headbands and hats

Lora Rust
Original pottery

Robert Andersen
Handcrafted stationary and notecards

Rozelle Morton-Bush
Hand blown glass, ornaments and sculpture

Thursday, October 15
5 - 10 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
Oktoberfest
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.

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?
reindog@atlantabg.org

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 October 1!

 

November 14, 2015
- January 9, 2016
The Orchestral Orbs light up the night!Glow in the Radiant Rainforest.Roast s'mores over a toasty fire.