Gardens Under Glass

Explore the Garden's outdoor sculptures and featured exhibits

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Fuqua Conservatory from Great Lawn (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Gardens Under Glass

Explore the botanical richness and stunning biodiversity of several distinct environments housed in the Fuqua Conservatory, where a tropical rainforest meets the South African Desert. Visitors can learn how humans relate to the plant world in many complex ways.

Tropical Rotunda in the Fuqua Conservatory at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

In the Conservatory: Tropical Rotunda

The Fuqua Conservatory’s Tropical Rotunda contains hundreds of plant species from tropical regions around the world, including Central America’s lowland forests, central Africa, southern Mexico and Southeast Asia.

Desert House inside the Fuqua Conservatory at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

In the Conservatory: Desert House

The Fuqua Conservatory’s Desert House offers a glimpse into this harsh, beautiful world, and explores the unique ways that plants thrive in the desert. Surprisingly, there are no cacti here. These plants are mostly succulents, including Euphorbia, Aloe and many more.

Tropical High Elevation House inside the Fuqua Orchid Center at Altanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

In the Orchid Center: Tropical High Elevation House

The Tropical High Elevation House features orchids and other plants that grow in the tropics between 4,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, planted in a naturalistic setting.

Fuqua Orchid Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

In the Orchid Center: Orchid Display House

The Fuqua Orchid Center’s Orchid Display House highlights orchids that grow in the tropics from sea level to 6,000 feet elevation – some of the Garden’s core orchid collections

Stanhopea nicaraguensis in the Fuqua Orchid Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2019, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Dendrophylax lindenii or ghost orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Laelia purpurata var. werkhauseri orchid in the Tropical Display House in the Fuqua Orchid Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Coryanthes macrantha orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Coryanthes macrantha orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2019, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Cyrtopodium punctatum, or cigar orchid, in the Fuqua Orchid Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Gongora gratulabunda in the Fuqua Orchid Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2019, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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The Garden's orchid collection – considered the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States – includes two nationally recognized collections: Stanhopea nicaraguensis (top left) and Gongora gratulabunda. (bottom right)

Blooming Sarracenia leucophylla in the Conservation Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2019) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Outdoor Collections

From the hydrangeas in the Southern Seasons Garden to the world-class collection of carnivorous plants in the Conservation Garden, the Garden's outdoor collections offer new plant discoveries throughout the year.

Perennial Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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The Anne Cox Chambers Southern Seasons Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Lycoris squamigera, or electric surprise lilly, blooms in July in the Parterre at Atlanta Botanical Garden., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2019, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Dionaea muscipula, or venus flytrap, blooms in the Conservation Garden and Lou Glenn Children's Garden at Atalnta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2019, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Camellia japonica 'Betty Foy Sanders', Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2021, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Acer rufinerve at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Earth Goddess at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Art in the Garden

Permanent collections and noteworthy exhibitions gloriously combine art and nature throughout the Garden.

Earth Goddess at Atlanta Botanical Garden (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Earth Goddess

As the focal point of the Cascades Garden, Earth Goddess, now in the Garden's permanent collection, was the highlight of the 2013-14 Imaginary Worlds exhibitions.

Earth Goddess

There are 18,000 annuals in Earth Goddess alone. Created by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, the work requires constant attention from Garden horticulturists.

Fiori Boat at Earth Goddess during Chihuly in the Garden, 2016 (2016) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Earth Goddess

Earth Goddess has become an icon for the Garden. During 2016's Chihuly in the Garden, featuring works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, she presided over his beloved Fiori Boats installation in the Cascades Garden.

Nepenthes Chandelier by Dale Chihuly (2004) by Dale ChihulyAtlanta Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

Renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly mounted exhibitions in the Garden in 2004 and 2016. Nepenthes Chandelier was donated to the Garden's permanent collection by David Jost Tufts in memory of Jeff Lewis in 2004, and now hangs in the Hardin Visitor Center.

Parterre Fountain Installation (2004) by Dale ChihulyAtlanta Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

Created for the Garden in 2004, Dale Chihuly's Parterre Fountain Installation is a one-of-a-kind sculpture in blue and white, interpreting shapes and colors of water, ice and sky in Levy Parterre.

Saffron Tower (2008) by Dale ChihulyAtlanta Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

Chihuly's Saffron Tower and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Water Mirror are a match made in heaven.

Saffron Tower (2008) by Dale ChihulyAtlanta Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

In 2016, when an exhibition of Dale Chihuly's glass art returned to the Garden, the artist himself noted how perfectly the water feature could complement his 30-foot-tall, 3,660-watt Saffron Tower.

Chihuly drawings in Longleaf restaurant (1992/2014) by Dale ChihulyAtlanta Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

On the heels of the artist's 2016 exhibition, the Garden acquired six acrylic Chihuly Drawings which are presented along the back wall of Longleaf restaurant in the Garden.

Isobel in the Southern Seasons Garden by Teena Stern and Donald HaugenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Art in the Garden

Isobel, a charming young girl surrounded by flowers takes careful steps. Teena Stern and Donald Haugen collaborated on this work in bronze. Isobel is located in the Southern Seasons Garden. This is one of 30 displayed sculptures in the Garden's permanent collection.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville opened in 2015, celebrates years of planning and development of one of North Georgia’s most beautiful landscapes aimed at connecting visitors with both the natural world and cultural amenities. It is home to the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast. In 2020, the completion of the Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children's Garden offered Gainesville's little sprouts an exciting new ways to explore nature.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville Stream Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2018, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2018, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2018, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children's Garden in Gainesville, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2020, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children's Garden in Gainesville, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2020, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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There's so much more to explore.

See the Garden's current events, exhibitions and more about our collections at atlantabg.org.

Atlanta Botanical Garden from above, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2015, From the collection of: Atlanta Botanical Garden
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