After much demand, Atlanta Botanical Garden launches its first flower show

The event revives a beloved Atlanta winter tradition
Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
In the “Animation” category, this display of red lilies spiraling out of rectangular blue vases was called “Superman.”

Photograph by Betsy Riley

For 25 years, Atlantans looked forward to a lavish indoor flower show that brightened up the dreary doldrums of February. The Southeastern Flower Show (which evolved from the Atlanta Flower Show, dating to the 1930s) was organized by the Southeastern Horticultural Society and included juried competitions that grew into a Disney-esque extravaganza. The landscape division especially became ever more elaborate with enough waterfalls, walled gardens, statuary, and beds of forced blooms to fill the Georgia World Congress Center. Though the event drew tens of thousands of visitors, it proved financially unviable and wilted in 2013.

After much demand, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has launched its own show, a smaller incarnation without the opulence of the past. This year’s show, dubbed “Ingenue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry,” includes four major divisions: floral design, horticulture, photography, and landscape. Come to see that perfect specimen of succulent or gesneriad—or to learn what those are. Check out four small but charming professional landscapes. Or pick out your favorite floral design. The Hollywood theme definitely sparked lots of creativity—from ball gowns in the “Leading Lady” division to quirky arrangements inspired by horror or sci-fi movies.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
One of the “Leading Ladies” dresses

Photograph by Betsy Riley

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
Another of the “Leading Ladies” dresses, inspired by Katniss Everdeen’s wedding dress from Georgia-filmed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Photograph by Betsy Riley

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
One of the “Leading Ladies” dresses

Photograph by Betsy Riley

The show will be on view this weekend, February 23 to 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For non-members, tickets are $21.95 adults, $15.95 ages 3-12, and under 3 free.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
This display of lilies and ferns was inspired by Shrek.

Photograph by Betsy Riley

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show
This tablescape was inspired by Shakespeare in Love.

Photograph by Betsy Riley

Additional reporting by Mary Logan Bikoff