Cocktails in the Garden: Atlanta Botanical Garden [Update + Imaginary Worlds]

Cocktails in the Garden
Adults-oriented evening outdoor social returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for 2018.

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 again for 2018.

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.

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Imaginary WorldsAtlanta Botanical Garden - Imaginary WorldsIn addition, guests may explore the Garden’s 2018 outdoor art exhibition, Imaginary Worlds.

Imaginary Worlds is a menagerie of all-new giant living plant sculptures throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden, both at the Midtown and Gainesville locations.

The exhibition, presented May 5 through October 28, recaptures the magic of the original blockbuster show from 2013 and 2014 with larger-than-life, topiary-like whimsical sculptures—this time even bigger and most never seen before.

Imaginary Worlds was just so incredibly popular with our guests that we just had to bring it back, but with an all-new twist,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s President & CEO.

This time, the sculptures—steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants—will be staged in 14 installations. At the Midtown garden, look for a giant Phoenix looming over the Alston Overlook, a Mermaid lounging beside Howell Fountain, a massive Dragon and Sleeping Princess near the Great Lawn, a prancing Peacock inside the Fuqua Orchid Center, and three towering Camels lumbering through the Skyline Garden, to name a few. At the Gainesville garden, the landscape will be adorned with a variety of characters, including a friendly Ogre, Panda ears and frolicking Frogs.

This all-new cast of characters joins the gardens’ permanent sculptures, Earth Goddess, Shaggy Dog and Frogs, which are legacies from the original exhibition.

The process for creating the sculptures takes nearly half a year. Enjoy the sculpture illuminated on Thursday evenings during Cocktails in the Garden.

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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

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