As you stroll along the shaded path towards the Cascades Garden of the
Atlanta Botanical Garden, a glimpse of what's ahead stops you in your tracks! You
inhale in disbelief.
How...how...how did they do that?!
The shape, the colors, the immense size! WOW! Walking faster than my little legs can manage, I reach the display...still with mouth agape. (Be patient for the big reveal!)
This living artwork has become the signature exhibit at the ABG, since it's installation in 2013. The sculpture weighs nearly 29 tons and contains more than 18,000 individual plant!
started out as a pencil rendering transformed into a massive steel
framework. The steel structure is covered in fabric and stuffed with
soil-less planting medium.
Thousands upon thousands of plant 'plugs' are fitted into holes
punched in the fabric. And plant materials are swapped out for seasonal
During my visit mid-June, you can see the plant materials included
potato vines, coleus, duranta, lantana, and creeping Baby Tears. These
plants are trimmed by hand once a week to maintain shape and size. It is a sight to behold!
She is actually showcased across a pond fountain so all photos are from a distance. I would've loved to been able to walk around the frame and see her up close. At 20ft., the scale comparison would've been cool.
I have seen unusual topiaries but this is UNIQUE and INSPIRING! As you
can see, I spent quite a bit of time here...trying to capture her from every
So of you ever find yourself in Fulton Co., Georgia, with a free afternoon...go visit The Earth Goddess at The Atlanta Botanical Garden....tell them I sent you!
Married to Hubba Hubba, proud mom of 2 Darling Daughters, passionate gardener (is there any other kind?), especially daylilies! Addicted to nursery hopping...name any garden center in NJ/PA...I've been there...honest!