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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Voice: 404-876-5859

The equatorial regions of the world occupy around 10 percent of Earth's surface and contain more than half of the world's plant and animal species. Many of these regions are under threat from deforestation, climate change and development. The Tropical Rotunda has hundreds of species from these tropical regions. These collections are a valuable tool for education, research and conservation. They are arranged in communities that provide a living model of specific habitats from selected geographical regions. View the lowland tropical forest from the geographical regions of Central America, Central Africa, Southern Mexico, and Southeast Asia. See the islands of high endemics regions of Seychelles, Madagascar, Mascarene and the New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Comoros Islands.

The Hydrangea Collection, developed with the assistance of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Hydrangea Society, is one of the finest in the Southeast. It contains more than 160 cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla (both mophead and lacecap types), Hydrangea serrata cultivars (Mountain Hydrangea a lacecap type from Japan), and the Native Hydrangea arborescens. These peak in late May and June, with stunning blooms of pink, blue and white.At the same time, climbing hydrangeas (both native and Asian) can be seen in full bloom climbing the trees of the Woodland Shade Garden. July and August are filled with the blossoms of cultivars of Hydrangea paniculata, Hydrangea aspera and Hydrangea involucrata.

The Rose Garden offers a representative collection of old-fashioned and landscape roses to visitors. These varieties are managed organically and are interplanted with appropriate perennials. Peak bloom is in May and June, with a late summer/early fall re-blooming period. The stunning color and fragrance of the roses, combined with perennials, make the Rose Garden a favorite spot for late-spring visitors.

A hybrid of Asian styles, the Japanese Garden is designed on a small-scale and offers many ideas for urban gardeners. With its sheltered teahouse and small waterfall and pond, it is also a quiet spot to contemplate the beauty of the garden. Bermed areas are filled with rare cultivars of heavenly bamboo (Nandina), dwarf Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) and dwarf conifers.

The diversity of plants found in the Cloud Forest of the Andes Mountains in South America rivals that of any other area in the world.The centerpiece of the High Elevation House is a massive waterfall constructed of Georgia granite boulders mantled with brilliantly flowered Andean orchids like Odontoglossum, Masdevallia and Phragmipedium. Neotropical blueberries bearing bright clusters of tubular flowers and exotic bromeliads are prominently displayed. Fallen logs are laden with mosses, ferns and delicately flowered miniature orchids such as Stelis and Porroglossum.



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