Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tiptoe through the Treetops

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Last Thursday night, we were able to attend the Member Preview of the new Canopy Walk at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The unique structure allows you to walk through the treetops.
The walkway is wide, with benches every so often so you can sit and drink in the quiet, calm atmosphere.
Most of the walkway is "hanging", so as not to disturb the trees. We got to talk to one of the consultants that helped protect the tree roots (as well as the trees themselves). They were constantly making the contractors move drainage and electrical lines, dig more shallow holes for new plantings, and go under tree roots rather than over (or through!) so that the old trees--most are around 80 years old--would survive construction. The support system for the walk is amazing.
They chose really great colors for the walk, so that it begins to disappear into the forest itself, and you think about it less and less.
But the Canopy Walk was not the only new feature of the Gardens that we got to explore that night. There is also a new Edible Garden, complete with a swanky outdoor kitchen.
They were serving a spicy, chunky gazpacho that was out of this world! I'm not usually a fan of gazpacho, but this stuff was great. One of the herb gardens there is grown vertically and watered with a drip system.
We have been getting art installations in the gardens for the past couple years. Currently, we have blown glass fruit adorning the beds of "real" food.

And until the real water lilies are fully in bloom...
...we have glass ones instead.

All kinds of things were in bloom around the rest of the Garden...

The delphinium were my favorites.
This is only one of the varieties they had...but it was the one that photographed with the truest colors. The kids had plenty to do with jumpropes and hula hoops in the field in front of the greenhouses.

We ended our evening at the Cascade Gardens, just off the Canopy Walk. This is sure to be a popular spot for receptions.

If you're ever in Atlanta, don't miss the Botanical Gardens. And be sure to visit the Day Orchid Center. I'll have to post some pictures from Orchid Daze soon!


Jean in Georgia said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. Beautiful pictures!

Lene Andersen said...

Wow. Breathtaking.

Jeanne said...

It looks like a great place! Thanks for sharing all the great photos with us. Someday I'll get there. :)

Jackie's Stitches said...

What a cool idea! I love the vertical herb garden. Great use of space.

Erin (moviemuse) said...

Pretty! We still haven't been, but it's on the list of things to do (soon-ish). BTW, when did you get a new header graphic? Love it!

Katri said...

Great pictures, and a very lovely place. The canopy walk sounds and looks awesome!

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