The Magnificent Hercules Beetle

A new visitor to Storza Woods! Coming in at up to 60 mm (2.4 in) in length, the largest beetle in North America known as the eastern hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus) is a true sight to behold! Males sport large horns used to battle rivals competing for a mate and the size of the horn…

Clethra

Clethra is a genus of small flowering shrubs or trees, part of the family Clethraceae, which contains only one other genus, the closely related Purdiaea. The species in this genus are clustered in east and southeast Asia, as well as eastern North America, the Carribbean, Central America, and northern South America, with one outlying species…

What you missed in the Garden while you were sleeping

  Not all showy flowers are meant for the eyes (or antennae) of diurnal (or daytime) pollinators. Just after dawn Thursday, our Night-blooming Cereus (Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’, syn. Cereus repandus) could be seen in the last moments of an exciting and transient display: large, sweetly fragrant, white blossoms at the peak of anthesis (flowering period). This cactus is native to…

Digging In for Atlanta Blooms

By late March or April, a dizzying display of tulips, daffodils, and other cold-weather loving bulbs burst onto scene. The best place to see these beauties this year will be the Flower Walk, whose display alone contains over a third of the some 82,000 bulbs going in the ground across the Garden. Many marvel at…

Snow Problem at All

When snow blankets the Garden, our team of horticulturists spring into action! In addition to checking for damage to plants, team members help physically remove snow and ice before guests arrive to ensure everyone is surefooted while they visit.

Fall Descends on the Garden

Gourd-geous fall decorations have popped up all around the Garden! More than 1700 pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes are sprinkled throughout but none more dramatically than on the Flower Walk. This transformation, not complete without cornstalks and hundreds of mums, takes only three days to complete.

Hort Short: A gem of a shrub

Rhododendron ‘Conlee’ also known as Autumn Amethyst(TM) Encore (R) Azalea is an eye-catching broadleaf evergreen shrub. It tolerates partial shade to partial sun and reaches a height of 4-5 feet with a spread about the same. Like most azaleas it prefers acidic, well drained soil. Its showy, fuchsia flowers bloom first in the spring and…

Riding along in our Bakfiets!!

If you’ve been to the garden recently, you may have spotted our new “bakfiets “or cargo bikes rolling around. The cargo bike is very popular in the Netherlands and is generally utilized as a child transport, errand bike, utility bike, and more. These bikes are able to haul tools, plants, weeds, mulch, and other materials around….

Happy Birthday Earth Goddess

It’s been 5 years since the summer exhibit, “Imaginary Worlds,” first came to the Garden. Its centerpiece, Earth Goddess, has drawn a lot of attention since then.  Here are a few behind the scenes photos. Watch her come together and the horticulture team grooming her beauty!