Yesterday, I described the beautiful art that is on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There is no denying that the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit is the big draw right now but the place is actually a BOTANICAL GARDEN so, maybe I should talk about the plants?
One of my favorite parts of the garden is the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory which I usually refer to as the Orchid Center. The conservatory is beautiful on the outside with a broad lawn and a lily pond out front and the city skyline behind. What’s on the inside is totally amazing. The center focuses on tropical and desert environments, with special emphasis on plants that are rare, threatened or endangered.
Lily Pond garden
This is a great place to see examples of nature’s bounty which you are not likely to find at many other places. One thing to be aware of is that since the Summer temperatures can get very high and this is one of the few places on the grounds that are air-conditioned, it attracts lots of people.
When things are quiet, I could spend hours just admiring each plant and flower and looking to get a good image. On Father’s Day, when there is a major special event running, this place became a mob scene mid-morning. Baby strollers and kids running about with other groups bunching up and milling around made it hard to find a peaceful spot to focus. You can forget about setting up a tripod in this crowd but, it is amazingly beautiful none the less.
Here are just a few samples of the wide variety of plants in the conservatory:
Asian pitcher plants (Nepenthes)
Other Rare and Unusual plants
Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
All images taken with:
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
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