May – October
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The wonder and magic of Imaginary Worlds returns, bigger and better than ever with 9 new characters joining a cast that sports a brand new look. Through October 31, a menagerie of magical creatures casts an enchanting spell over the Garden with 28 monumental living sculptures of fantasy and delight.
The new exhibition sculptures include four frolicking frogs, three gallivanting gorillas and a pair of ogling orangutans as the newest denizens of the enchanted gardens. Returning with new plantings are the grazing unicorn, friendly ogre, gigantic cobras, enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. Earth Goddess, the largest sculpture at 25-feet-tall, is a permanent piece greeting visitors in the Cascades Garden.
“This exhibition will be the largest ever presented in the U.S. and promises to be another ‘wildly’ successful one,” says Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s president and CEO.
Each sculpture is a living, sophisticated evolution of the traditional “stuffed topiary” technique. Thousands of meticulously groomed annuals are planted into soil-and-sphagnum moss filled netting covering the steel forms – hidden works of artisanship themselves – to carpet the skeletons in colorful patterns. Complex irrigation systems beneath the surface of the sculptures allow the plants to grow – and the creatures to flourish – in Atlanta’s summer heat. The larger than life sculptures are transported in climate-controlled trucks.
The exhibition of mosaiculture – the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands of annual bedding plants to carpet steel armature forms – is the creative genius of International Mosaiculture of Montreal. The nonprofit group has staged wildly successful exhibitions of its work around the world, and the Atlanta showing will be the first major exhibition of its kind in the U.S.
I hope that one million visitors come to see what a magical work of art this is. -Cesare Matrundola
Awesome fairy tale design! -Indie Underwood Bowman
Getting super excited for this exhibit. As we have come to appreciate, another lovely offering of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Thanks for bringing this to Atlanta. -Dennis R. Kemp
Do visit and enjoy this magical garden. I want to go back and enjoy this again and brings my friends that love gardens and creativity. -Marina Alden Bryant
Know Before You Go
- The figures in Imaginary Worlds are delicate works of art. Thank you for not touching the living sculptures.
- The Fuqua Orchid Center Art Gallery is the perfect place to cool off and learn more about the exhibition. Read about the history of mosaiculture and this exhibition, and see images of the design and installation process.
- Hidden treasure awaits youngsters! Plan to take part in an Imaginary Worlds Treasure Hunt on the last Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Suggested ages: 3 - 5
- Parents and caregivers are invited to take a Garden Stroller Strut every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Suggested ages: 1 - 2