The 2018 Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show runs Feb. 23-25 with the theme Ingenue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry. It includes the exhibition, juried competitions, lectures, a preview party and classes. The event benefits the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program.
For Garden members, admission is $10. Members age 17 and under are free with a paid adult admission. For non-members, the show comes with your Garden admission — $21.95, $15.95 ages 3-13 and under 3 free. Details HERE.
If you need a pop of color a bit sooner, the Garden’s annual Orchid Daze begins Feb. 10 and continues through April 1. The exhibition celebrates thousands of blossoms inside the tropical warmth of the Fuqua Orchid Center, touted as the largest orchid center in the country. Entry comes with your regular Garden admission.
The Flower Show’s juried competitions include floral design, horticulture and photography, plus professional landscape design division. The landscape division will showcase small garden displays by Boxwoods, Ed Castro Landscape, Hamilton Land Services and Unique Environmental.
On Feb. 24, floral designers Bruno Duarte and James Farmer share their expertise. Tickets to hear both speakers are $50, available HERE or at 404.591.1730.
Duarte, an internationally known floral designer, grew up surrounded by flowers on his family’s farm in Madeira, an island off the coast of Morocco known as a floating garden and home to rare species of flowers. Duarte’s approach to floral design is described as sculptural and emotional. It blends organic materials and found objects to create works of art, so much so that his floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery.
Farmer, a Georgia floral designer, interior designer and lifestyle author, was born and raised in the South. He’s written a number of books, including A Time to Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths for All Seasons; A Time to Cook, Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate; and A Place to Call Home. Farmer is an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. You may have seen or heard him on any number of TV and radio shows.
The 30-acre Garden is at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown.