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!  

Hort Short: A Prickly Sight for Sore Eyes

This green, coral-esque tree has recently stirred up quite the buzz here at the garden. Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ is a very unique cactus not only because of it’s size, but it’s rare and breath-taking flowers that are not long after followed by delicious fruit. The flowers of this particular cactus are very shy, and bloom…

Hort Short: Beauty with a Bite

Tucked deep in the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden, carnivorous plants are attracting more than just insects! These attention-grabbing native pitcher plants and Venus fly-traps have eye-catching flowers hoisted high above the danger to pollinating insects. This strategy allows them to make seeds for the next generation of plants while ensuring that they don’t accidentally eat the pollinators…

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.