There’s some exciting plans in place for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, who recently announced an exciting expansion project that will allow the Midtown attraction to stretch to the Atlanta BeltLine.
The expansion is all possible thanks to a $25 million gift from the James M. Cox Foundation, expanding a further 7 acres along Piedmont Avenue.
The new expansion will feature a visitor center, fantastic water features, display gardens, extra exhibition space, as well as a striking new 20-foot-tall planted bird sculpture of a phoenix, that represents Atlanta’s endurance.
This will make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the first cultural institution directly accessible from the 22-mile looping trail of the city, and another fantastic addition to the line-up of entertainment on the Atlanta BeltLine.
“The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a key destination in the Atlanta community,” said John Dyer, a James M. Cox Foundation Trustee and Garden board member.
“The garden helps people stay healthy and bring joy to the lives of so many. The Foundation was pleased to support the expansion, in addition to the many other ways it helps the city of Atlanta”
This $25 million gift will be combined with $10 million in other donations, including a $5 million gift from Garden Trustee and United Parcel Service CEO Carol Tomé. The garden will attempt to raise a further $17 million, in an attempt to increase the space at the 30-acre Garden by about 25 percent.
In other news rom the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, they currently have their annual orchid exhibit on display, combining fabulous floral displays with murals. The exhibit, Orchid Daze, takes an artform and puts it at the forefront of this stunning love-letter to the vibrant flower.
Also, larger-than-life troll sculptures have taken over the grounds for an all-new exhibit by a renowned recycle artist. Trolls: Save the Humans by Thomas Dambo features these magical creatures that are absolutely enormous, and inspired by ancient folklore, as well as the natural world. Click the link below for more information.