Boomers and Blooms: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Botanical GardensGuest Blog Writer Kathryn Romeyn brings us a great summer day trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Waking up in one of Windsong’s active adult communities means you see beautiful green landscaping and bright flowers every day. But whether or not your green thumb is quite honed, most of us enjoy a beautiful walk through a true garden oasis from time to time, which makes the Atlanta Botanical Garden the perfect 40-minute trip from Woodstock. And this season such bold, tropical flora as Rain Lily, Bromeliad and the exotic Calathea Crocata are blooming.

Each month there are new exotic blooms to see, and the gorgeous, perfectly manicured grounds are dotted with permanent sculptures and art objects, such as a swirling chartreuse glass Dale Chihuly chandelier. There is currently an ongoing glass exhibition in the Edible Garden featuring hand-blown glass sculptures of peaches, pears and apples, and there are seemingly constant interactive activities and classes tailored to kids of all ages, so a day at the garden isn’t complete without the grandchildren!

While there is plenty to do with the whole family, this summer there are a quite a few programs that are tailor made for active adults. First, every Thursday night of the summer is a “Cocktails in the Garden” event, with a theme each month such as June’s Hydrangeas & Highballs. These evenings are a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the beautiful gardens by moonlight.

And one of the most exciting draws at the Botanical Garden this summer is their concert series, the lineup for which any baby boomer would appreciate. The first Friday night concert by Emmylou Harris is already sold out, but you can still hear songwriter John Hiatt on Sunday, July 25, or the legendary Joan Baez in the stunning setting on Friday, July 30, if you buy your tickets now!

Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. 404.876.5859; atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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