Bonnie Helander began her love of gardening while living and working in San Diego. After retirement, she moved back home to Georgia with husband, Dan, and now resides and gardens in Peachtree City (Zone 8a) where she is a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club. Bonnie is the gardening writer and blogger for Fayette Woman magazine and also blogs and writes for Georgia Gardening Magazine. Besides gardening, Bonnie loves nature and hiking and is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and avid supporter of the Bulldog nation.


Get in the Holiday Spirit at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Light Festival
by Bonnie Helander - posted 11/27/12

Gardeners in the Atlanta area will want to start a new holiday tradition and bring the whole family to Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights – Holiday Nights. Here you can wander through a 30-acre wonderland of over a million lights. The light show runs through January 5th and will get more crowded as we get closer to Christmas.

Recently my daughter and I enjoyed the light show on an off-peak Monday evening. We arrived right at 5:00 p.m. when the gates opened so we could view the garden at dusk and watch as the light display grew in brilliance as dark settled on the city. Bring your camera for some amazing shots of the Atlanta skyline framing the light display.

Atlanta skyline seen from the garden.

Along the winding pathways, you’ll enjoy small groups of holiday carolers, fire pits where you can roast marshmallows and model trains that will delight the kids. The Great Lawn is a focal point featuring “Orchestral Orbs” – a light show choreographed to music. Don’t miss the stunning poinsettia tree in the conservatory. When it’s time for a hot chocolate or a light meal, stop at the café for a nice selection of soup and sandwiches. For more information, go to Atlanta Botanical Garden .

Orchestral Orbs on the Great Lawn

Cheerful flowers at the edible garden

Topiary Display in the conservatory

Stunning Poinsettia Tree with Orchids




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