When one first thinks of the Garden, there's likely a mental picture the Levy Parterre. I's freshly manicured hedges overflowing with seasonal color and wild glass tendrils of blue and white in the center – a sort of exclamation mark in an idyllic courtyard bustling with people and plants.
The Levy Parterre is the most formal design of any garden on site, rooted in the medieval knot gardens of 17th-century France, with Korean boxwoods bordering four central beds.
While stunning year round, be sure to see Parterre while it's bursting with countless spring bulbs in early spring during the annual Atlanta Blooms! exhibition.
At the hub of the Parterre, named in honor of Garden supporters Barbara and Bert Levy upon completion in 2003, is an Italian limestone fountain anchored by Dale Chihuly's Parterre Fountain Installation, one of several Chihuly works in the Garden's permanent collection – a prominent tribute to the artist's 2004 exhibition and, with its backdrop of the midtown skyline, the Garden's most popular icon.
The Parterre, designed by Tunnell and Tunnell Landscape Architecture, won the Atlanta Urban Design Commission's 2003 Award for Excellence for Urban Design.
Unforgettable events start with unforgettable locations, and the view from Alston Overlook is exactly that.
This large indoor meeting space is primarily used for private rentals and large Garden-sponsored events. At its entrance, enjoy views of the Levy Parterre from Lanier Terrace.