Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, a botanical garden covering 30 acres (12 ha), is located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The garden was established in 1976 and is dedicated to the preservation, education, conservation, research, and enjoyment of plant collections.

In 1976, Atlanta Botanical Garden Inc. was established as a private, non-profit corporation 501(c),(3) following a petition from citizens of Atlanta. The garden also included the Dr. A. Leslie Stephens Memorial Bonsai Garden. This garden is now known as the Japanese Garden. Bill Warner, who had previously worked at Holden Arboretum was appointed the first executive director within a year. Ann L. Crammond was soon to follow him in 1979. The city negotiated a 50-year lease in 1979, which secured the Garden's location for many years.

The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, which covers 16,000 square feet (1.500 m2), houses indoor exhibits of plants from both tropical rainforests as well as deserts. The Fuqua Conservatory's rain forest room is home to tropical birds, turtles and a variety of poison dart Frogs. This last exhibit is part of Zoo Atlanta's conservation efforts. The Fuqua Orchid Center is located adjacent to this building. It houses rare orchids from all over the globe in separate rooms that simulate the tropics and high altitudes.

The Fuqua Orchid Center houses the largest collection of orchid species on permanent display in the U.S., and hosts Orchid Daze in winter. The unique Tropical High Elevation House, which is located at elevations of 6,000-10,000 feet, provides the perfect habitat for montane and companion orchids. The Air Washer System, a technology that was developed from the textile industry, is combined with traditional greenhouse heating to create this environment. It allows rare orchids to thrive. The Tropical Display House is filled to the brim with fragrant orchids from all over the world.

The Canopy Walk was constructed for $55 million. It opened its doors in 2010. The original plan was to open it in 2009. However, during construction in 2008, the skywalk collapsed and killed one worker. The Canopy Walk's uniqueness is what city leaders consider an Atlanta icon.

The Botanical Garden consists of several smaller gardens. Each garden has a different layout to showcase a variety plants. The Japanese garden and rose garden are both located near the entrance. The 5 acres (20,000m2) Upper Woodland and 10 acres (40,000m2) Storza Woods have large trees, shade-loving plants and undergrowth. The Children's Garden has whimsical sculptures, fountains and interpretive exhibits about botany, ecology, nutrition.

The garden's former parking lot has been transformed into a beautiful Edible Garden with an outdoor kitchen. This new garden connects people to food and healthy eating. The garden's old entrance drive will be converted to a large cascades garden with tropical plants and gentle flowing waterfalls.

Atlanta Botanical Garden's Kendeda Canopy walk is 600 feet long (180m) and allows visitors to explore one of the city's last urban forests from 40 feet up through the trees of the Storza woods. The Skywalk runs from a Garden bluff into the branches of oaks and hickories, and then descends to the Garden. The structure provides an aerial view of below-ground woodland gardens.

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