Adults-oriented evening outdoor social at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Explore Atlanta, Georgia’s lush urban oasis in the cool of the evening on Thursdays from May through September as Cocktails in the Garden returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
As an after-hours social for professionals age 21 and older, a romantic date night for couples, or a fun outing for any group of grownups, the event—originally dubbed “social irrigation”—offers specialty drinks from full cash bars, deejays and live entertainment, plus games and other activities.
Set for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Cocktails in the Garden also is the only opportunity for experiencing the Garden in the evening, when the cooler temperatures of twilight cast the Garden’s thousands of beautiful flowers in a whole different light while drawing out their fragrance.
On November 13, 2019, Atlanta Botanical Garden announced it’s been named one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” during the recent North American Garden Tourism Conference where the 2019 Garden Tourism Awards were announced. The awards are presented by the Canadian Garden Council, the American Public Gardens Association, and the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens to individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourist attractions and motivators.
“We are thrilled to be singled out for this prestigious honor and to be in the company of other fantastic garden destinations,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s president and CEO.
More than 25 million people travel annually in North America to see public gardens, and the global market of garden visitors exceeds 250 million, the council said. Research shows that 46 percent of garden visits result in an overnight stay, and the demographic of garden visitors includes all ages. Gardens not only have a significant economic impact on communities but also enhance the tourism experience of a destination while providing social and health benefits.
In addition to Atlanta, the top 10 gardens include The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia; Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA; Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanic Garden, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; Ganna Walska Lotusland, Monticeto, CA; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA; Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal, Canada; Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta; Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Vallarta Botanical Garden, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Admission for Cocktails in the Garden is $21.95 per person; Garden members are admitted for free.
You might also enjoy dinner at the Garden’s Longleaf restaurant. Reservations are recommended.
Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but lower than daytime hours of operation. We’ve attended Cocktails in the Garden three times and never spotted a youngster.
– Text & image courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden