In 2011, springtime exploded into a colorful extravaganza of tens of thousands of tulips and other bulbs when Atlanta Blooms debuted at the Garden. As the newest spring exhibition, Atlanta Blooms will ignite a kaleidoscopic spectacle every spring with tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, crocus, to name a few – for a Dutch spectacle unlike any other in the Southeast. The new bulbs will enhance existing displays to create electrified meadows of color. Call it Tulipmania, Southern style! More Information
In 2004, Mary Pat Matheson, executive director, secured the most prestigious exhibit in the Garden's history, Chihuly in the Garden. An exhibition of 50 original glass sculptures by internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly were on display at the Garden from May - October, with an extended run through December. The nine-month blockbuster exhibition, sponsored by Target Stores, brought the Garden to the forefront of cultural tourism in the Southeast. More Information
In 2007, the buzz began when enormous insects sculpted from wood thrilled visitors. David Rogers' Big Bugs popular exhibition provided a fun perspective on insect predators, pollinators and beneficial critters. More Information
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights debuted in 2011. As Atlanta's brightest in-town holiday tradition, every holiday season the Garden becomes a twinkling outdoor winter wonderland featuring nearly 1 million energy-efficient bulbs. More Information
In 2013, a menagerie of magical creatures cast an enchanting spell over the Garden with 19 monumental living sculptures of fantasy and delight.
The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – included a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden. Earth Goddess is now a permanent feature in the Garden, and new pieces arrive in 2014. More Information
All aboard for the Atlanta Botanical Garden! In 2005, "Locomotion in the Garden: Trains Across Georgia" presented by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. was a spectacular installation of enchanting views with recognizable Atlanta and Georgia landmarks sculpted from natural materials. Miniature garden railways set the scene for this enchanting exhibit of model trains riding through dramatic mountains and valleys, over bridges and into a bustling city.
Moore in America was the largest outdoor exhibition of Henry Moore's sculpture ever presented in the United States. In 2008, it was ranked by TIME magazine as one of the top 10 museum exhibits in the country. More Information
Niki in the Garden, presented by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., at the Atlanta Botanical Garden was the world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented. On the scale of Chihuly in the Garden in 2004, this spectacular exhibition featured Saint Phalle's imaginative, monumental artwork beautifully displayed throughout the Garden. More Information
A trip to the Fuqua Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden reveals a tropical paradise of beautiful, fragrant orchids. The Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the largest collection of species orchids in the United States. The Garden's annual orchid exhibition, Orchid Daze, highlights the rare orchid collection.
The annual Scarecrows in the Garden delights visitors every October with imaginative scarecrows on display throughout the Garden. Targeted toward children and families, a blend of activities such as storytelling and crafts occurs every weekend. Children also enjoy the annual celebration of Goblins in the Garden, a children's costume party.
In 2008, the Atlanta Botanical Garden once again showcased fine contemporary art in an extraordinary garden setting. Sculpture in Motion, Art Choreographed by Nature, was the most extensive survey of outdoor kinetic art thus far, and featured 32 medium and large scale outdoor kinetic sculptures. More Information
TREEmendous TREEhouses, a major regional outdoor exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, ran June 1-September 28, 2003. This blockbuster exhibit featured 12 custom-designed, interactive, fantasy tree houses that stretched the definition of the classic tree house and sparked the imagination of young and old alike. More Information