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Atlanta Botanical Gardens

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acre (121,000 m²) botanical garden located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden contains several different landscapes to display a variety of plants. Near the entrance are formal gardens, such as the Japanese garden, the herb garden, and the rose garden. Two woodland areas, the 5 acre Upper Woodland and the 10-acre Storza Woods feature large trees and shade-loving flowers and undergrowth. The Children's Garden features whimsical sculptures, fountains, and interpertive exhibits on botany, ecology, and nutrition. The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory contains indoor exhibits of plants from tropical rainforests and deserts. Adjoining this building, the Fuqua Orchid Center rare orchids from around the world.

History

The Atlanta Botanical Garden was incorporated in 1976. In 1985, the Garden built its first permanant structure, the Gardenhouse. The Fuqua Conservatory opened in 1989 and the Fuqua Orchid Center was added in 2002.

In 2004, the Garden hosted an extremely successful exhibition of glass art by Dale Chihuly which was extended twice; first through the end of October and then finally until December 31, 2004. Over the eight-month run, an estimated 360,000 attendees visited the exhibit. The peak per-day rates of 7500 were double the previous single-day attendance record at the Garden.

In May, 2004, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, along with the Peidmont Park Conservancy, unveiled a controversial proposal to build a parking deck in Piedmont Park to serve visitors to both. The plan has met with strong opposition from the public.

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