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Imaginary Worlds

Once Upon a Time

Atlanta

May 5 – October 28

Larger than life plant sculptures are taking over the Garden!

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Imaginary Worlds Gainesville

Ogre and Friends

Gainesville

May 5 - October 28

Imaginary Worlds returns this spring to the Gainesville Garden with a collection of all new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey.

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Cocktails in the Garden

Atlanta

Every Thursday
May - September
5:30 ­ - 9:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city!

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Science Café

Atlanta

Select Thursdays
April - October
7 p.m.

Frogs, pollution, bees and more: learn from conservation experts covering a wide range of topics during Cocktails in the Garden.

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Garden Chef Demos

Atlanta

Saturday & Sunday
May - October
Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 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.

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Wine in the Woodlands

Gainesville

Last Thursdays
May - October
6 - 9 p.m.

Escape to the beauty of the 5-acre Garden, carefully designed with a detailed palette of plants including spring magnolias, billowing hydrangeas and brilliant maples.

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Lunchtime Culture

Tasty bite-sized portions of delicious culture. FREE.

Atlanta

July 12 - Oct. 11
12:00 p.m.

Each Lunchtime Culture event pairs two Midtown Atlanta sites for a conversation, performance, or tour experience from a fresh perspective.

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SWAPtember

Atlanta

September 1 - 30

The annual SWAPtember savings event for Garden members means receiving up to $10 off a membership or discounted admission at other cultural institutions and attractions in Atlanta throughout the month.

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Member Appreciation Month

Atlanta

September, 2018

Garden Members enjoy special activities, valuable discounts and the chance to win great prizes.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Atlanta

Sept. 5 - Oct. 21

In a setting that even Shakespeare himself couldn’t have imagined, the Alliance Theatre presents a whimsical, outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Skyline Garden.

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Light Bites & Garden Insights Gainesville

Contributing Members & Above

Gainesville

Friday, Sept. 21
10:30 a.m - 12 p.m.

Contributing Members & Above: Enjoy a light brunch and a presentation by our experts on one of Gainesville’s hidden gems – the Conservation Safeguarding Nursery.

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Melissa Etheridge

Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour

Gainesville

Saturday, Sept. 22
8 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Kick back at the Ivester Amphitheater and enjoy the amazing sounds of Melissa Etheridge during Concerts in the Garden! Purchase tickets online or in person at Garden Admissions.

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Garden of Eden Ball

Atlanta

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

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.

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Mark Weathington

Free Alston Lecture

Atlanta

Monday, Oct. 1
7:00 p.m.

As Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University, Mark Weathington is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. During this free presentation, he will cover plants, pests, soils, and climate -- everything needed to become a successful gardener in the Southeast.

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Fest-of-Ale

Atlanta

Every Thursday in October
5 - 9 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season with a selection of seasonal brews and live music, and bring a flashlight to explore Scarecrows in the Garden at night. A variety of fall-themed ales are available for purchase.

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Scarecrows in the Garden

Atlanta

Oct. 2 - 31, 2018

The Garden is stuffed with fall fun! Enjoy over 100 kooky, creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations.

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Scarecrows in the Gainesville Garden

Gainesville

October 2 - 31, 2018

The Gainesville Garden is stuffed with fall fun! Enjoy kooky, creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, or better yet, make your own!

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Fall Plant Sale

Gainesville

Saturday, Oct. 6
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come to the Gainesville Garden for rare, unusual and hard to find perennials for sun and shade, as well as pollinator plants.

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Fall Woodland Ramble

Arts & Crafts Market

Gainesville

Saturday, Oct. 6
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy the delightful autumn air of the woodlands and browse a selection of arts & crafts created by local artisans.

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The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey

The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey

Atlanta

Wednesday, Oct. 10
7 p.m.

Please join us for a special Garden screening of The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. in Day Hall.

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Member Fall Evening - Atlanta

Atlanta

Tuesday, Oct. 16
5 - 8 p.m.

Join us for a family friendly evening in the Garden with Scarecrows, live music, an artist market and complimentary treats.

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Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest

Atlanta

Thursday, October 25
7 - 8 p.m.

Watch as contestants compete for the most creative pumpkin heads in the Garden!

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Goblins in the Garden

Atlanta

Sunday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. - 4 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!

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Goblins in the Gainesville Garden

Gainesville

Sunday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Show off the kids’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin Runway, participate in fall-themed crafts, enjoy a storyteller, crafts and a magician.

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Light Bites & Garden Insights - Atlanta

Contributing members & above

Atlanta

Tuesday, October 30
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Contributing level members and above are invited to enjoy light bites and an educational presentation from Paul Blackmore on the medicinal plants housed in the Fuqua Conservatory’s Orangerie.

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Member Premiere

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Atlanta

Thursday, Nov. 15
5 - 10 p.m.

Be the first to experience Atlanta’s favorite holiday tradition at the eighth annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Member Premiere.

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Garden Lights

Holiday Nights

Atlanta

Nov. 17 - Jan. 6
5 - 11 p.m.

The eighth annual holiday lights extravaganza sets the Garden ablaze nightly with millions of colorful LED displays.

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Ride-On Train

The Botanical Express

Atlanta

Saturday - Sundays,
Nov. 17 - Jan. 6
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All aboard The Botanical Express! The popular children's Ride-on Train is set to depart on a journey around the Garden.

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Holiday Model Train Show

Atlanta

November 17 - January 6
9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Join kids and the Kids at heart for this holiday favorite! The trains depart at night during Garden Lights.

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Botanical Saint Nick

Atlanta

Saturdays,
Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8 and 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bring your camera and tell all your holiday wishes to Saint Nick!

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Vanilla Sunday

Atlanta

Sunday, March 3
1 - 4 p.m.

Enjoy the annual celebration of the vanilla orchid. Learn more about the process of turning vanilla beans into a key extract for desserts, and sample a mini vanilla ice cream sundae.

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