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Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Opens






May – October, 2015

A swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan built with LEGOs.

A swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan built with LEGOs.

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

September 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016

What more can you possibly build with LEGOs? If you love pollinators, how about a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan? There’s inspiration galore to be found when the Nature Connects LEGO exhibition comes to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, September 19, 2015  – January 3, 2016.

The traveling exhibition made entirely of LEGO bricks was designed and built by New York artist Sean Kenney. Gainesville’s new woodland garden will feature 14 nature-themed installations comprised of 27 individual sculptures.

What’s Special? A 6-foot-tall praying mantis (built with more than 42,000 LEGO bricks) and a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan. There are also duck and ducklings next to the pond, and a hummingbird with a trumpet flower (more than 31,500 bricks) off the Woodland Promenade.

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Gainesville location opens

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Gainesville location is now open! Considered a second campus, it’s on land donated in 2002 by the late Charles Smithgall and his widow Lessie in 2002. Also known as the ‘Smithgall Woodland Legacy,’ there’s approximately 168 acres, with a five-acre garden as part of the first phase of development.

Located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. The entrance is located on Cleveland Highway a 1/4 mile north of Limestone Parkway on what was formerly Lakehill Drive. Google Maps is the only accurate online map to find the new address. Do not rely on other GPS navigation.


Visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville  

The Gainesville Garden is located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, 30501 and open from April through October, Tuesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from November through March, Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children 3-12, and free to children under 3 and Garden members. For information, visit www.atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.


Atlanta: Atlanta Botanical Garden: Chihuly in the Garden

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Chihuly in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden April 30 – October 30, 2016.

Glass artist Dale Chihuly returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with 20 sculptural installations displayed throughout the 30-acre Garden, including in the Fuqua Conservatory and Fuqua Orchid Center.

Chihuly is regarded as a catalyst within the Studio Glass movement, using glass as an artistic medium. Why glass? “There are only a few translucent materials light can go through and glass is one of those. Imagine entering Chartres Cathedral and looking up at the Rose Window, where one can see a one-inch square of ruby red glass from 300 feet away. I have always been attracted to the way light passes through glass,” noted Chihuly on his website.



Fun fact: Eleven members of Team Chihuly installed the exhibition over approximately two weeks. The studio shipped five 53-foot containers from Tacoma, Washington, to Atlanta.

What’s Special

Chihuly Nights: “The magic is in the light.” The Midtown Garden’s extended hours allow visitors to appreciate the dramatic lighting installations in the evening.

About the Atlanta Botanic Garden. The Garden’s 30 acres features the five-acre Woodland Shade Garden (pictured) with Hydrangea, Clethra, Arisaema, Epimedium, Helleborus, Tricyrtis, along with groundcovers, wildflowers and bulbs. The 15-acre Storza Woods is one of the few remaining mature hardwood forests in Atlanta. The two-acre Children’s Garden features a three-story treehouse that teaches visitors about woodland habitats. The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory houses rare and endangered plants from tropical rainforests and desert regions. The unique Fuqua Orchid Center houses a High Elevation House, a Tropical Display House and specialized facilities for a new collection of montane orchids that grow at high elevations.
Website: Atlanta Botanical Garden


Daytime hours during Chihuly in the Garden are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Hours for Chihuly Nights are 6 – 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Located at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Parking deck with paid parking.

Phone: 404.876.5859