|The Atlanta Botanical Garden opened its Edible Garden Green Wall and Outdoor Kitchen on May 1, 2010 showcasing the farm-to-table concept of cultivating and consuming fresh local and sustainably-grown food. The $2 million project not only returned the former abandoned one acre asphalt parking lot to green space but also shows how fruits and vegetables make beautiful landscape plants. A variety of herbs, about 2,000 in total, is planted in the vertical garden and include sage, dianthus, dwarf, phlox, and boxwoods.|
|The design team "emphasized the vertical gardening concept and a series of three "crop circles," or garden rooms each with its own personality - brimming in between with colorful row crops of vegetables. From the Great Lawn's Vine Arbor, visitors first enter an orchard of crabapple trees complemented by grasses, perennials and bulbs. Turning a corner, they will find themselves surrounded by a Vegetable Amphitheatre, patterned with 1,000 square feet of vegetables and espaliered fruit trees rising above it. Next, they are greeted with a feast for the eyes - a 55 foot long herb wall," (ABG press release, see below).|
Saul Nurseries worked together closely with the designers to settle on a plant pallet that would be easy to maintain, thrive in the Atlanta climate, and be a stunning visual statement. Completed in April, 2010, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Edible Garden Green Wall measures 52'L x 8'H. The modules were grown for two months before installation in one of Saul Nurseries' greenhouses.
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|The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309 and is open 9 am-7 am Tuesday through Sunday from April through October and 9 am-5 pm Tuesday through Sunday from November through March. Admission is $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 3-17, free to children under three and Garden members. For information, call 404-876-5859 or visit their website. Read the April, 2010 Atlanta Botancial Garden Press Release here; Living Wall in the Edible Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden" by Chris Lyon of Tournesol Siteworks of April 27, 2010; and "Botanical Garden goes from asphalt to asparagus with new edible garden" by Meridith Ford Goldman of April 13, 2010 in accessAtlanta. For additional info about the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Edible Garden Green Wall, contact Robin Andrews at: firstname.lastname@example.org. |
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