Both the young and young at heart won’t want to miss “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life,” opening May 4 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The exhibit features detailed sculptures made out of thousands of living plants, some as tall as 25 feet. Families can meander throughout the entire garden to enjoy all 19 sculptures.
Be on the lookout for awe-inspiring creations such as the “gazing unicorn,” the “friendly ogre” and a pair of “gigantic cobras.” Upon entering the Cascades Garden area, visitors will be greeted by the largest plant sculpture of them all, the “Earth Goddess,” a 25-foot rendering of a woman emerging from the earth that required more than 40,000 plants to create.
It took 15 refrigerated trucks to transport all the components of this exhibit, which hails from the International Mosaiculture of Montreal. “Imaginary Worlds” is the first exhibit of its kind anywhere in this country.
“Imaginary Worlds” is to remain through Oct. 31. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 10 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Exhibit is included with admission. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free. atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
– Kate Wallace