Canopy Walk

Tour one of the city's last remaining urban forests from 40 feet in the air on the Canopy Walk and enjoy a bird's-eye view of Storza Woods.

Extending 600 feet from a hillside into the branches of oaks, hickories and poplars, it is considered the only tree canopy-level walkway of its kind in the U.S. Strolling the 12-foot-wide concrete pathway, visitors feel like they are floating through the hardwoods as they take in aerial views of the woodland garden below where native azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, perennials and bulbs put on a seasonal show.

The 2010 opening of the Edible GardenCascades Garden, and Canopy Walk marked the completion an expansion project which nearly doubled the size of the Garden.

This summer, come out for Woodland Weekends and catch activities such as Art in the Woods and Tree Walks.

While exploring the Canopy Walk, discover some of the amazing flora and fauna in Storza Woods:


Champion Tulip Poplar

  • The largest tulip poplar (Liriodendron tilupifera) in Atlanta resides here. It is more than 130' tall, has a canopy more than 100' wide and a trunk circumference of more than 16'.
  • Tulip poplars are in the magnolia family and have beautiful chartreuse and orange flowers in spring.
  • Very fast growing when young, the largest tulip poplars in Storza most likely began their life soon after the Civil War.

Native Azaleas

  • Most of the 13 species of native azaleas in he Southeast are grown in the Garden.
  • Common species include the very fragrant, pink, spring-flowering Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens).
  • Other species such as the red, summer-flowering plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) are quite rare.
  • Future plans call for extensive plantings to supplement the current collection.

 

Cope's Gray Tree Frog

  • The raspy trilling call of this frog can be heard during spring and summer evenings in Storza Woods.
  • Bright yellow "flash colors" on the flanks of this well-camouflaged frog warn predators of its toxic secretions.
  • These frogs spend most of their time in Storza Woods but move to the Cascades Garden to breed and lay eggs.
  • Unlike the gray adults, the young are green and change color as they mature.

Flowering Trees

  • Many native flowering trees occur in Storza, such as redbuds (Cercis), sourwoods (Oxydendrum), buckeyes (Aesculus), dogwoods (Cornus), silverbells (Halesia) and deciduous magnolias (Magnolia).
  • These types of smalll trees form an important component of the native woodland in this region, occupying a middle level between the forest floor and the upper canopy of larger trees.
  • Horticulture staff often plant cultivars (named sections of a species) of flowering trees for better ornamental effects, such as flower and fall foliage color.

Red-Tailed Hawks

  • Several mating pair of red-tailed hawks have called Storza Woods home over the last few years.
  • With large trees, nearby streams and an abundance of food sources such as smaller birds, squirrels and reptiles, Storza is a perfect urban habitat for the hawks.
  • They can often be seen perching on low tree branches.

Trillium

  • The most significant wildflower population in Storza Woods is the Piedmont trillium (Trillium cuneatum) which has three-parted leaves with an individual maroon flower on top.
  • The Garden has an active conservation program with Trillium, propagating many rare species and conserving their native habitats.
  • Georgia is the center of diversity for Trilllium, with more species occuring here than anywhere else in the world.

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