Things To See & Do

Stop and Smell the Flora

“If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.”


I love this quote. However, it’s misleading. I’m not a gardener. I can’t keep anything but precut store bought flowers alive for a week. Which is why, I go to public gardens or in this post’s case: the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If you live in Atlanta and haven’t been, I want you to make time. They are absolutely stunning, it’s also super obvious that the gardens are loved dearly. They’re so well kept. My fellow Atlanta explorer and I only saw a small portion of it, but damn were we impressed. We started the day at 10th and Piedmont for brunch, of course. Had our weight in mimosas before walking down to the gardens. We didn’t have the right shoes. Don’t make that mistake, especially when you’ve lost count of your mimosas.

As usual, 10th and Piedmont delievered a picture perfect brunch. It’s so good y’all. Please try it. The atmosphere is definitely for those with brunch on the mind Saturdays and Sundays. They also have amazing mojito pitchers.

It does cost to get into the Botanical Gardens, BUT it’s one hundred percent worth it. The price of admissions goes into the different exhibits. Currently their seasonal exhibit is Alice in Wonderland. We caught glimpses because there was a wedding going on, but didn’t get to see the whole thing. I cringed at the thought of how expensive it must be to get married there. Invite me if you decide to…cause I gave you the idea. Obviously.

Like I mentioned earlier, we only saw a small portion of the gardens. My personal favorite was the ridiculously humid tropical exhibit. It was gorgeous, even though I felt like I was about to be mauled by a raptor around every corner. Seriously, it was a walk through Jurassic Park.

The other indoor exhibits were also pretty awesome. Partially because they had air conditioning.

The Botanical Gardens have a lot of neat events during the year, but one of the ones that I’m dying to get is the adults only nights. I’ve heard them described as the “best date night” in Atlanta. They’re hosted every Thursday and are referred to as “Cocktails in the Gardens.”

I hope gardeners, future gardeners, and people who can’t garden at all are inspired to take a trip to the city’s Botanical Gardens. Even if you aren’t in Atlanta, look up your local gardens and check them out! If you have a suggestion of what I should check out next in Atlanta, let me know in the comments. As usual, travel well and travel often!

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