Last night, we mixed and mingled at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city and attended Cocktails in the Garden at at 1345 Piedmont Avenue. Every Thursday through September from 6 to 10 p.m., @AtlBotanical hosts a cocktail party with a live DJ, a chef demo in the Edible Garden, and surprise cultural performances. Tickets for adults are $18.95 and includes a complimentary cocktail, but click here and find a way to get discounted tickets for $10. That is what Ryan and I did and used the savings to enjoy an alcoholic beverage (mixed drinks, wine, and beer available) and later a light dinner at MetroFresh without the date getting too pricey.
As soon as I entered the gardens, I completely forgot I was in the busy city of Atlanta. The atmosphere was instantly calming. Although we had a map, we just decided to follow the paths and other patrons and see where it led us. It was extremely easy to navigate and the well-placed signs made it easy to know where we were and what we were looking at. I’ll let you get a sense of the park through the pictures – but we saw it all – Cascade Gardens, Orchid Center, Fuqua Conservatory. etc.
There are plenty of places to sit, reflect, and take pictures. There are two swing benches that overlook the Great Lawn where there is a beautiful fountain and you can see the skyscrapers of Atlanta in the background. Both are glowing once the sun sets.
The staff was immensely helpful – we received great service from the bartenders and also the staff at MetroFresh. The cocktail stations are conveniently located – one is right when you enter, and the other conveniently placed to get a refresher before the edible gardens.
For all the Atlanta Fashionistas, Lilly Pulitzer (@Lillypulitzer) has been sponsoring the month of June at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Throughout the Great Lawn were beautifully decorated Lilly tables for those to gather on and promotional material being passed out. The public relations supervisor, Heather Jansen, indicated that this was a perfect venue to promote the Lilly Pulitzer brand. I couldn't agree more as the Lilly sundresses and colors really popped in such a beautiful atmosphere.
We also enjoyed meeting some of the other patrons – they were all there for different reasons (date night, family time, Garden Clubs), but all truly enjoying their time together and walking through the gardens. This is definitely a place I will suggest to my family and friends, and an event I will probably attend before it ends in September.
Please look through some of the pictures I’ve taken, and as always, feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions regarding Cocktails in the Garden. Thanks for reading!