Photograph by Jennifer Rainey Marquez
Nearly a year after breaking ground last fall, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has opened phase one of its new and improved Children’s Garden, part of a $7 million renovation. (Phase two will open later this summer.) The garden also has a new name honoring longtime supporter Lou Glenn, who was a key figure in developing the original garden when it opened in 1999. Here’s what visiting families can look forward to:
The colorful-but-dated caterpillar and butterfly sculptures have been removed. Now a shiny metal butterfly stands guard near the entrance of the Children’s Garden.
Parents should be legit excited for the new bathroom pavilion, conveniently located near the splash pad.
An edible garden provides learning opportunities for young visitors—and a place to give a nod to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.
Get an close-up look at how honey is made at the glass-enclosed beehive.
Stop by the slate wall, where you can “paint” using nothing but water.
Kids can test their balance crossing over a bouncy bridge or a swaying rope bridge.
The outdoor stage has also received a facelift.
Little builders can construct their own playhouse using balsa wood.
Wind your way along the new serpentine path.
The new splashpad—still located near the entrance—is double the size of the old one.
Phase two is slated to open later this summer, and will include an expanded tree house, as well as some of families’ favorite original features, like the garden gnomes.