Visiting The Botanical Gardens

Atlanta is a place. An ideal vacation location is provided by the weather combined to do and see.

One thing which should definitely make the to-do list is making a visit to Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens. You will begin in the lobby when you first enter the gardens.

The lobby always looks different depending on the time of year you go and according the flavor of the gardeners currently in control of that area. The display that you are greeted with is cheerful and always bright however. As there are a number of glass boxes that are full of things and poison arrow frogs in their natural habitat, this is fitting.

These frogs are part of the backyard objective and goal to help this species rebuild itself. The conservation program is the center of helping these poison arrow frogs. To be able to warn other animals that they are dangerous and should not be eaten, poison arrow frogs are very bright.

Once you leave the lobby, you will enter the Tropical Rotunda. This room contains various different plants the tropical areas of the world cover ten percent of the planet’s surface and is made of over half of those plants and creatures found in the world, since.

As this ten percent is becoming less and less because of deforestation, changes in climate, and development of various areas, the garden realizes how important it is for these tropical plants to be preserved. This area contains hundreds of species of plants.

Their collection is also used for research and education as well as conservation. These plants may be used for an assortment of things if study was conducted on them.

In order to help audiences see which plants are similar, the garden plants these plants in family groups and in arrangements that echo the character habitat from with they originated.

Once you leave one of the wettest habitats, you will enter one of the driest. The Desert House is the home of many plants in Madagascar and Southern Africa’s deserts.

The species found on Madagascar are currently threatened by invasive species and forest fires. The plants chosen to be shown at the Desert House come in the Spiny Forest area.

After loving the Desert House, you may enter the special displays. The special exhibit section includes plants like the Asian pitcher plants and carnivorous plants.

Young boys might particularly find this section interesting. These plants vary in an assortment of colours and sizes.

Next you will visit the Orangerie. The Orangerie is the house of subtropical and tropical plants that have economic or medicinal value for particular places.

A lot of research is done on the plants in this section. You can see the actual plants which are used in many of medicines and the products you use daily by visiting this room. Geckos, dart frogs saffron finches, turtles, tortoises and many other species can also be found in these chambers.

The presence of animals enables the design of plants feel as a whole ecosystem as opposed to simply a showcase. Lots of the creatures are tropical in origin.

The next area you will enter is the Fuqua Orchid Center. The High Elevation House at the Fuqua Orchid Center contains many of the plants that naturally grow in the Andes Mountains’ Cloud Forest.

These plants feature the brightly colored Andean orchid. Blueberries may be found in this home.

There are two chief areas of this home. They are called the Formal and the Naturalistic. Outside, you will have the ability to enjoy the Hydrangea collection.

The Hydrangea collection contains over 160 kinds of hydrangeas. When you’ve loved these flowers that are bright, you may go into the darkened and Rare Conifer garden.

This garden stay green throughout the whole year and they’re very beautiful. Then, you may continue to find the Hardy Palm collection.

This garden contains a number of other exhibits and beautiful plants also. It is a walk and something you must stop to find out while.

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Growing Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena (Aloysia Triphylla) is an attractive, fragrant herb plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors and can be used in a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. Also known as lemon beebrush or vervain, the sun-loving, compact-growing plant is easy to grow and well deserving of spot in an indoor or outdoor garden. Hardy in USDA growing zones 9-10, but can be grown in anywhere indoors on a warm sunny windowsill.

Growing Needs

Lemon verbena likes heat. A tropical outdoor location is a prime growing location for the plant. All southern U.S.states, Central and South America are regions in which the plant thrives. But cold climates can enjoy the lemony fragrance and flavor of this attractive herb plant by growing it indoors. Just provide the herb plant with plenty of direct sunlight and warmth, and it will thrive.

Growing Habits

The plant grows quickly in an upright manner and will reach an adult height of 3-6 feet and 2 feet in width. It can be pruned to any desired shape and height. If the plant does not receive enough sunlight, it will be spindly and leaves will not have the desired lemony flavor.

This plant also develops small, white flowers in the spring and shed its leaves in the winter.


Lemon verbena can be planted and grown in a container or in-ground. Use a container that is at least 12 inches deep and equally as wide, making sure the container has sufficient bottom drainage holes. Fill container with quality potting soil and plant lemon verbena in the center of the container. Container can placed outdoors in the summer time in direct sunlight and brought indoors in the fall prior to the first frost.

When planting outdoors, work 2 inches of organic matter into the soil and space plants 2 feet apart.

After Care

Keep soil moist and plant warm at all times. Prune in early spring if desired. The plant rarely has pests or disease problems.

Harvest leaves anytime, but wear gloves as the oils from the plant can cause a sensitivity to sunlight.

Dice leaves and sprinkle on top of seafood or other dishes for a touch of fresh lemon flavor. Add a leaf to fresh brewed tea or steep leaves in hot water to release a lemony air freshening aroma.

The oil in lemon verbena aids in digestion and eases stress.

Simple Container Garden Tips

Here are several tips for successful container garden…

container garden
A car as a container garden.

Start with good soil containing a mixture of perlite, peat, and compost. Use different particle sizes to keep the soil from compacting over time. Plant roots need air as much as they need water. Varied particle size helps to drain excess water. Container garden soil compacts and turns into hard mass under the pressure of regular watering and drying process. And when it does, plant roots stop growing.  Hard, compacted soils do not grow very good plants. Add the potting soil to the compost bin at the end of the year. Compost increases air spaces and gives plants a boost in healthy nutrition.


A container garden needs feeding often. Nitrogen, the building block of plant growth, come in several forms and not all can be readily taken up by plants. Urea nitrogen is the cheapest and most widely available form, but plants can not take it up in this form. Nitrogen is made available to plants through the process of nitrification. Phosphorus and potassium are also needed, but in much less quantity. Excessive amounts of these two elements can lock up trace elements, such as calcium and magnesium. Trace elements are also essential to plant health.


Thoroughly water all containers until water seeps from the bottom holes. Under-watering and over-watering can lead to root development problems, poor flowering and death of the plant.

Best Botanical Gardens in America

Best Botanical Gardens

What makes the best botanical gardens? People, the volunteers and staff at each botanical garden is what makes them the best. Gardens would be over run with weeds, flowers would never bloom, and grass never cut without these people. Visit a botanical garden if given the chance and thank the people there for a job well done.

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Gardening is more than just a job for the people at the botanical gardens, but a labor of love. Most of all each day brings joy in seeing visitors admiring the beauty and also the wildlife that live throughout a botanical garden. Hence the love for the garden.

While some gardens are free to the public, others may charge a small fee. Also, many of the gardens have facilities for events or even weddings. Therefore be sure to consider a local botanical garden for your next event.

History of Botanical Gardens

Gardens have been cultivated for thousands of years throughout the world. Many of the earliest gardens were grown for medicinal plants. Celebrations also used gardens for there beauty and flowers.

Botanic gardens evolved over the centuries as world exploration and trade expanded. This lead to gardens that cultivated non-native species. These new gardens promote and encourage more plant exploration. As a result more and more new plants were discovered.

Today, public gardens provide local communities with a flavor of the world. Many tropical gardens are created through specialized structures. Most noteworthy is the glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

Botanical Gardens of America