Beth Rummel doesn't mind the drive from the heart of Johns Creek to Midtown Atlanta every week when she helps out at the on Piedmont Avenue.
"It's just a beautiful place to be," she says. Rummel leads children's tours as well as helps out with special events, such as the garden's first-ever holiday light show.
Rummel recently treated Patch to a tour of the garden, where Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is open nightly (except for Dec. 24 and 31) from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 7. Tickets can be purchased here.
From the Atlanta Botanical Garden:
FUN LIGHT SHOW FACTS
- Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features more than three times as many lights as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
- Low-voltage lasers are used inside the Conservatory, streaming sprays of green dots among lollipop topiaries, to create an “Avatar” effect.
- There are more than 450,000 feet, or 85 miles, of light strings within the display – half the distance from Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala.
- Displays are created with more than 18,000 strings of LED lights with 50 bulbs, or “chips,” per string.
- Because of the show’s use of energy-efficient LED lights, the entire production runs on 300 watts of power.
- Up to 700 luminaries line pathways throughout the garden.
- The Great Lawn display uses a computer-controlled system designed to run complex theme park shows and is capable of presenting up to 16.7 million colored lights timed to a musical soundtrack.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Number of lights in display - 1 million
- Number of decorated trees and shrubs - 100
- Number of lighting zones - 10
- Numbers of acres in Atlanta Botanical Garden - 30
- Numbers of weeks of installation - 13