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Tucked in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis overflowing with lush greenery, exotic wildlife and tropical blooms. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia
[/media-credit] Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Ga.

“Groups should expect to learn much more about our garden through the tours given by our docents and be immersed in nature and art,” said Danny Flanders, public relations & marketing manager at the garden. “Adult tours can be customized by the guide’s expertise and the group’s interests — there is always something new to learn.”

The Rose Garden, Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, Hydrangea Collection, Japanese Garden, Fuqua Conservatory, and Conservation Gardens are just a few of the displays groups can stroll through and explore when visiting. 

Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia
[/media-credit] Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Ga.

“Groups seem to enjoy the conservatory and the giant Earth Goddess sculpture, as well as learning about our Edible Garden and the chef cooking demonstrations that we offer there,” Flanders said. “Tour groups seems to bring a different perspective and insight on the garden and what it means to them.”

The Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen showcases how fruits and vegetables make vibrant landscape plants. Top chefs host cooking classes each weekend May through October in the outdoor kitchen, and the garden chef offers seasonal recipes using ingredients from the Edible Garden.

With an additional location in Gainesville, Georgia, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has developed the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast.

Guided tours in Atlanta should be booked at least four weeks in advance, and self-guided tours at least two weeks in advance, Flanders suggested. Discounted group rates are offered and on-site motorcoach parking is available.

For more information, call 404-876-5859 or visit atlantabg.org.