There was a time when the idea of hanging out with plants and flowers for a couple of hours might have been the most boring thing I could imagine. Ah the benefits of maturing.
During my time in Atlanta staying at Stonehurst Place B&B, I met a wonderful couple at breakfast one morning. Carol and Tom. I seem to recall they were from Savannah but I can’t quite remember. As so often happens as a British girl traveling alone in the US, following some early morning chit-chat and bonding over our mutual travels and their grown-up children, they invited me along with them to take a wander up to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, about a mile and a half from the B&B.
Being my first day in the city, I hadn’t really decided what I was going to do first, nor were the Gardens on my list to see. But given that the weather was fine out (though getting chillier in mid-November) and I took an immediate liking to my new surrogate parents, I happily took them up on their kind offer.
A brisk walk up and down a few hills and past Piedmont Park and we were there. The gardens house various exhibits and collections of which I didn’t get all the descriptions in the pictures below. Sadly my knowledge of plant life isn’t what it could be and I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to what some of them are. So if there are any experienced or budding botanists who want to let me know more about my pictures, please feel free to do so in the comments.
For a general flavour of the scenery up at the gardens, keep reading below.