I’m in Atlanta for the inaugural Garden Bloggers Conference and I came two days early to explore. Yesterday, visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden with friends and fellow landscape designers Kathy and Tom Carmichael. we were beset by monsters!
But seriously. The garden’s blockbuster installation of creatures was produced by the same team, the International Mosaiculture of Montreal, who have built fantastical creatures around the world since 1998. There is another group of them on view until September 29th at the Montreal Botanic Garden. These are huge. Some are 20′ tall and made of thousands of plants.
I suspect these creatures were the reason the garden was so crowded. There were long lines at the ticket booth as well as streams of cars entering the garden all day long. This is a very good thing for a public garden. Often they are quiet places with few visitors. My favorite creature was the Earth Goddess. She was beautiful and built in a way that she appeared to spring forth from the surrounding woods and water.