RH and I recently went to Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We’ve been members of the Garden for a couple of years, and we’ve enjoyed Cocktails in the Garden many times. It’s a wonderful way to wind down after work. And the Edible Garden is one of my favorite places in the entire city.
I’ve been trying to take my camera around more often, so I snapped a few photos of pretty flowers. It’s not as spectacular a display as it is in the spring, but there is still a lot of color to enjoy these days.
The backside of the Garden is also a great place to snap the Atlanta skyline.
The only disappointment in our most recent visit was that the Garden was PACKED with peopleway more than usual. When we arrived, traffic was backed up and parking in the deck was running low. The lines to enter were ridiculous! Then we learned that most of the people there had Groupons and had waited until the last minute to redeem their entry deal. Fortunately, it didn’t feel overcrowded for the most part. The drink lines were really long, but we didn’t stand in them so it didn’t really bother us.
The extra time we spent getting in meant that we didn’t have much daylight in the Garden. We walked through the Canopy Walk in near darkness and realized that it’s a lot more enjoyable when you can actually see that you’re 40 feet in the air, in the midst of beautiful trees.
So we didn’t stay very long, and after we left, we headed to Holeman & Finch, where we had a great meal, topped off with a legendary Holeman & Finch burger. I am not a huge burger fan, but let me tell you that their burger is legendary for a reason! It’s perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, and there are only 24 availableonly at 10 p.m.unless you go for Sunday brunch. Their website has an entire page dedicated to the burger…it’s that big of a deal.
Despite the recent less-than-stellar experience, I’m looking forward to heading back to the Atlanta Botanical Garden again soon. We’ll definitely go back for the annual Scarecrows in the Garden event they host, when the Garden is filled with more than 100 scarecrows decorated by local businesses, schools and civic organizations. If you haven’t been before, I recommend checking it out!