Looking for a beautiful, serene space to spend an afternoon, or even one where you can plan a momentous event? This guide to Atlanta’s gardens offers some good options for both.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30309
(404) 876-5859

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the largest collection of species orchids in the United States, and carefully-integrated waterfalls make the experience especially unique. The garden also features a Tropical Rotunda with plants from equatorial regions around the world, a Desert House containing succulent collections native to Madagascar and Southern Africa and a Japanese Garden designed to be an inspiration to urban gardeners. For a unique date night idea, check out Thursday night cocktails in the garden.

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Cator Woolford Gardens

1815 Ponce De Leon NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30307
(404) 377-3836

Cator Woolford Gardens is spectacular and grand. Mature hardwoods surround pristine green lawns and ornate classically southern-styled indoor spaces lend themselves to weddings and other formal occasions. Even better, revenue from the Gardens support The Frazer Center, a non-profit organization helps developmentally-disabled adults become more independent, and provides support to developmentally-disabled children and their families. So plan your next event at Cator Woolford and do something good for your community as well as yourself.

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Smith-Gilbert Gardens

2382 Pine Mountain Road
Kennesaw, Ga. 30152
(770) 919-0248

More than 150 years ago, a Confederate Railroad man named Hiram Butler built a house on 13 acres in Kennewsaw, Ga. It was not fully developed until 1970, however, when Dr. Robert Gilbert purchased the house and turned it into a bird sanctuary. Today, the garden is open to the public and it is a true gem of Georgia, housing 30 contemporary sculptures, a tea house, camellia garden, waterfall and conifer display. The Atlanta Audubon Society has designated Smith-Gilbert Gardena wildlife habitat.

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Atlanta Community Gardens

Various locations around Atlanta
Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW
Atlanta, Ga. 30318
(404) 892-3333 Ext 1216

Community gardens help provided much-needed green space to urban areas of Atlanta, and grow food for needy families. Gardens can be built and maintained by groups of neighbors, agencies, faith-based groups or schools, and are located anywhere there is available space. There are currently 175 active community gardens in Atlanta. Contact Fred Conrad with the Community Food Bank if you are interested in starting a garden in your neighborhood.