This is the year I get back to my favorite place: in a garden, any garden, anywhere.
Early in the year, I gathered my tribe of garden & travel writers, The Garden Trippers, and we crafted spreadsheets and plans to visit as many gardens as we could in 2022. Our first garden event was a favorite ~ the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Flower Show that coincided with the Orchid Daze exhibit.
Orchid Daze & Atlanta Flower Show
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to one of the world’s largest orchid collections at the Fuqua Orchid Center. Its everyday collection is spectacular; and each February, thousands more colorful blooms are brought in for the Orchid Daze exhibit.
I gotta be honest here: I’m not an orchid expert. In fact, I have yet to achieve a long-term relationship growing orchids. However, I’m completely happy to visit orchids in gardens and appreciate the hard work of world-class horticulturists.
The Atlanta Flower Show is a biennial juried competition for horticulture, photography and floral design. The entries are always high-quality and inspirational.
Here are a few pictures from the GardenTrippers’ day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
^^Two happy ladies in a garden on a cold, wet February day.^^
Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden is an oasis of botanical beauty in the heart of midtown Atlanta. Next time you’re in Atlanta, plan a few hours for the ABG. If your visit runs close to lunchtime, make reservations for Longleaf, the restaurant inside the garden. It’s a lovely, civilized place to relax and enjoy a meal and conversation with your companions.