It's prime time for flower blooms in Georgia. The spring and summer seasons at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens make for a colorful floral adventure, and you may have been missing its whimsical displays during pandemic closures. But get ready to lace up your kicks again, because the gardens are finally reopening next week for you to go enjoy the beauty.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has decided to take the leap and follow in the footsteps of other businesses' to open after a long two months of being closed due to COVID-19.

To keep guests and staff safe from the spread of the virus, on March 14 the gardens announced they were going to close, but anticipated to reopen on March 30.

Due to Governor Brian Kemp's shelter-in-place extension back in April, they have remained closed — until now. Starting Saturday, May 23, the gardens will reopen their doors to all visitors looking to spend their days frolicking the flowers.

Those who are members get a little bit of a headstart though. Starting on Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22, members will have exclusive first access to the park's many exhibits.

A new season also means new exhibits.

In the past, the Gardens have debuted an Alice in Wonderland theme, but this summer, Alice is getting a revamp. The new theme is, "Alice's Wonderland Reimagined."

The difference with this theme will be even bigger plant-sculptures. The Red Queen will stand about 16-feet tall and Alice herself will be 14-feet tall in the middle of the Howell Fountain, falling down the rabbit hole

For members, timed tickets go on sale today, May 14. This will give visitors a confirmed reservation and admission during their preferred time slot.

For the general public, timed tickets go on sale on May 21.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens will be open with new extended hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting on Monday for the Summer of 2020.


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