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The Lou Glenn Children’s Garden

The Lou Glenn Children’s Garden is open!

  • The Children’s Garden opens at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. on Member Mondays) and closes at dusk.
  • The Splash Pad and Build-A-Fort area will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Water Painting Wall will be open for finger-painting, but the brushes will be removed for the season.
  • Restrooms will be closed often for sanitation.

As always, Guests are asked to be mindful of social distancing. Children over 2 and adults are strongly encouraged to wear masks at all times, and they are required in restrooms and other indoor spaces throughout the Garden.

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First opened in 1999, the Children's Garden was built in partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to emphasize wellness and healing. Among the first of its kind in the country, the two-acre garden underwent extensive renovation in 2015-16 and reopened as the Lou Glenn Children's Garden, which honors a longtime supporter who was instrumental in developing the original space.

The Lou Glen Children's Garden is accessed by crossing the charming Flower Bridge, arched over what was previously the Garden's main entry road. When the kids aren’t having fun splashing, climbing and playing, there’s plenty to learn from the display collections. A stepped vegetable garden demonstrates the various stages of edible gardening. The conservation bog piques curiosity with Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants. In the spring, the entrance garden brims with colorful springtime flowers.

The Children's Garden is also home to living collections of a different sort: honeybees. During warm weather months, see the inside of a beehive as bees feverishly make honey behind the safety of a glass case.

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Blooms in the Children's Garden

Constellation® Dogwood

This stately hybrid in the Trustees Garden beckons with large white blooms in spring.
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Swamp Hibiscus

Discover this showy summer wonder near the pond in the Lou Glenn Children's Garden.
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Falling Waters Bald Cypress

Discover this weeping tree near the water "painting" wall in the Lou Glenn Children's Garden.
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