Plants Get Cold Too

When freezing temperatures threaten our plants we take measures to protect them.  Tropical plants for summer had already begun to arrive when a deep freeze hit! Known to the staff as “tent city” we covered tender marginal plants.  These will all make an appearance in mid April as part of our annual displays. Coverings allow…

Berries and Bark

January provides a satisfying display here at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  We see beautyberry, winterberry and the red berries of the strawberry tree.  Bark from trees such as the paperbark maple or the Japanese Stewartia prove that trees are interesting with or without their show of foliage. Callicarpa acuminata ‘Woodlanders’ – one of our beautyberries…

Video: Annuals Switch-out

Switching out our annual flower beds can take H-O-U-R-S!  And a lot of work goes into it.  Here is a speedy video that will sum up what we do in a mere 43 seconds.

Hort Short: Hearts-a-Bustin

Take a quick look.  Could this strange pink thing in the photograph be some sort of sea creature?  Although reminiscent of a sea urchin, it is actually the pink seed capsule and neon orange seeds of a shrub native to Georgia.  Surprised?  Botanically this shrub is called Euonymus americanus but also goes by the name ‘hearts-a-bustin’….

Color Abounds in Gainesville

Just an hour north of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in midtown, the fall tones are beginning to dapple the landscape at our Gainesville location.   Two eye-catching and unusual trees can be found just outside the back doors of our Visitor Center. The first is Pseudolarix kaempferi, also known as golden larch–for obvious reasons!  This tree…

An Experiment with Mini-Clover

Senior Horticulturist over Edible Garden, Raleigh Saperstein, did an experiment this year with mini-clover.  She was curious to see if she could grow it atop burlap for the purpose of using this plant as a cover crop in our rows.

Awful Ambrosia Beetle

There are some years when you can’t win over the onslaught of certain pests, despite your best efforts.  Some of our Hydrangeas, as well as other woody plants, have suffered from ambrosia beetle this year. If the foliage on your trees or shrubs suddenly looks wilted, and you’re sure it’s not from lack of water, then…

Dawn Redwood

In the early dawn here at the Atlanta Botanical Garden there is no sight as beautiful as Metasequoia glyptostroboides, also called dawn redwood.  Of all our trees here at the Garden, this one probably elicits the most questions.  No, we don’t trim it to make it have that shape.  Yes, it is a deciduous conifer…


This is a lily.  It’s shaped like a pineapple, sort of.  Actually it’s not a real lily, or Lilium.  This is Eucomis and pineapple lily is its common name.  The Eucomis are almost all in bloom this week at the Garden.