Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Atlanta Continued

My all time favorite book and movie has to be Gone With the Wind.  I am one of those "Windies" apparently.  What better place than Atlanta to revisit the wonderful memories of the book. 

Our walk started off when we asked the doorman at the hotel how far away the Botanical Gardens were.  He told us it was "just over a mile".  I had looked at the map and it looked further than that, but off we went.  After we had walked the first mile we stopped for lunch at the Georgian Terrace Hotel where the cast of GWTW stayed when they held the premiere of the movie.  It was delightful.  We asked there how much further the Margaret Mitchell museum house was.  ( I had figured we could stop there as it looked about halfway to the gardens.)  We were told it was "about a mile."  Hmm...interesting.

We walked the ten blocks and took a break while we toured the museum and Margaret Mitchell's apartment.  I really refrained myself from buying a mug.  How many mugs can I really use?

As we were leaving, we again asked how far it was to the gardens.  Again...."about a mile"!!!!!  I am now beginning to think that it must be the standard line in Atlanta.  So we walked, and walked, and walked.  According to the GPS on our phone we arrived at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens 4.2 miles from the hotel.  Mind you, if we had good walking shoes on it would have been no problem, but we did not.  We then WALKED for another hour through the gardens.  They were absolutely breathtaking and worth every moment.

Gorgeous hand blown glass light fixture in the entry.

I wanted to bring this guy home for my own garden.  LOVED him.

Lily pad pond.

What was interesting about this pot was......

this little guy sitting quietly on the leaf.

This was the vegetable garden. Notice the glass tomatoes hanging around the top.

What a wonderful pumpkin patch!

Beautiful glass pumpkins spilling out of a huge cornucopia.

I mean REALLY big!!!!  It was the size of my kitchen.

A wall of herb garden.

I love seeing the apple tree trellised like this.

An orchid inside the greenhouse.

Tree roots hanging down in the rain forest.

Hand blown glass in the fountain.  Isn't it pretty?

I thought this glass apple tree would look good in my yard too.

There was a Scarecrow in the Garden event going on which included over 100 scarecrows handcrafted by different businesses, individuals, schools and organizations in the Atlanta area.  Some of them were so clever, but I have included just a few of them.

On the way out there was a gift shop where they had the glass fruits and vegetables for sale.  I was thinking about how cute it would be to have a few in the garden.  When I saw the price of one pumpkin I thought better.  It was $1200!!!!  That cornucopia was suddenly much more impressive.  Since my glass gazing ball was just used as a throwing ball by one very cute grandson, I could picture what could happen to a very expensive pumpkin or apple.  No thanks.

Needless to say....we did not walk back.  We called a cab and it was worth every penny.


Terry said...

What a beautiful place to visit! We saw some of that glass at The Franklin Park Conservatory a couple of years ago. Love the glass vegetables too! :0)

Susan said...

I have the same problem with mugs, but I don't think I would have been able to pass up the Rhett Butler mug! What a hoot!

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Quilt Hollow said...

Serious walking and ouch on the toes!
Gorgeous you brought the camera to share with me! (

Karen said...

Long walk! I think you were very wise to get a cab on the return trip! LOL

Amazing pictures! The gardens are gorgeous, especially the glass pumpkins.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

What lovely gardens! I love the glass vegetables and sculptures! Too bad no one knew how far to the gardens before you started out. Hope you had a nice foot massage. :-)

Joanne said...

Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Claire said...

Great photos - love to see these places through your lenses!!

Dawn said...

Wow, what an amazing place to visit - I can't believe their "miles." Too bad you didn't have good walking shoes on!

Speaking of mugs, you should see my mom's mug wall.

Notjustnat said...

Thanks for a great tour of Atlanta. I love those glass sculptures. Those pumpkins, they look so real - Hugs Nat

Pat said...

WOW...I know your feet paid the price but we reaped the benefit by seeing all those wonderful photos. Thanks for is quite the place, isn't it?

Barbara said...

Glad to be able to take this tour with you Mary.
Herb walls are very interesting. More plant walls being shown over here too now.

PEA said...

I remember the day I went to see Gone With The Wind at the cinema when it was re-released back in the 70's...oh my, I fell hard for Rhett Butler:-) That's too funny about those people telling you it was "just a mile" to the gardens. It reminds me of the first time I went to visit my two older brothers in Vancouver, BC...Claude lived near the border and I had asked him how long it took to get there and he said "oh about 15 minutes" so I headed off for a walk. Well...over 1 1/2 hour later I got to the border...ends up he meant it would take 15 minutes by CAR!! lol

That garden looks simply amazing and I really love the glass ornaments. Ouch on the price though! lol I'd love to go to Atlanta one day, it looks to be a wonderful place to visit. xoxo

Alice Grace said...

Wow! I know you had a great time in Atlanta! You captured the Botanical Gardens perfectly! A great place to visit! I love GWTW best also. I have read the book three times over the years. It intrigues me every time I read it, and they captured it very well in the movie, altho books always give you more than the movies can portray.
I am finally getting the giveaway on my blog if you want to come over and visit.

Kim D. said...

How fun to walk through the botanical gardens. I recognized Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures as we have some in the botanical garden here. Loved the pumpkins and cornucopia.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Adore this post!! I love that movie as well. The photos are brilliant! recieved my pattern as well, thanks so much!!you're a dear! Tracey

Valerie said...

How fun this sounds! Even the walking sounds fun. I have been thinking of watching Gone with The wind. Haven't saw it in years.

Sharon said...

I sure did enjoy the trip and I hate to think how bad the feet must have felt when you got back.
Ouch on the price but it sure was cute where it is!!!
Have a great weekend.

Sandi said...

My feet were aching for you but glad you called a cab. That place is gorgeous. I've never been to Atlanta but my husband's niece lives there and I think we should visit her so we can go see those gardens. I would pass on a $1200 pumpkin, too. :-)

em's scrapbag said...

What great pictures. I love the frog and all the blown glass. The gardens are beautiful. The rain forest is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing.

Suzy said...

What a beautiful garden!
Our conservatory here in Pittsburgh always has a botanical glass display every year after the holidays but I've never seen've given me the push I need to go!

Micki said...

Love Atlanta..I have been there. I did adore the Gone with the Wind mugs...I would have bought that, and that frog was just adorable.
I would put him in our secret garden we have in the back.

Talin's Corner said...

Again, you have beautiful pics. It looks like you had a wonderful time, and how could you pass up the mug?

nancygrayce said...

I've never been to the botanical gardens but I'd love to! I absolutely love the blown glass stuff. I really loved the fountain blown glass....I have seen that stuff before and it is soooooo expensive!

I would have had to buy one of those mugs!

Annette said...

Gorgeous gardens! Thanks for fun to see.

Pat Winter said...

WOW! What an interesting mix of art. I would love to see that in person. Thanks for sharing.

Midlife Mom said...

Yikes NM, that was one long walk! Don't blame you a bit for taking a cab back to your hotel! That happened to us in Miami last year, we kept walking and walking and finally got to our destination but decided a cab back was in order. :o)

That garden is amazingly beautiful!! The pumpkins and especially that glass in the foyer are just gorgeous! No, they wouldn't last long around here either. Probably one of the horses would step on them or Mr. D would get his hands on it! ha! Ya gotta love 'em!

The boys are going back to the stable on Friday or Saturday. I am right down in the pits. Each year it gets harder to send them back even though I know they are well taken care of and I go see them often. I will miss riding out back especially with the new road to go on. Oh well, when it is -20* I will be glad I don't have to plow through the snow to get down to the barn.

We had a great Halloween party Saturday night. or I guess I should say the kids did as they did most of the work. I posted about it this morning. They have the perfect huge back yard to do things like that. Some lawn and some of it wooded. It was just a great time.

Mom and Dad leave on Monday. We are getting things packed up to mail ahead. My sister was here for the weekend and she got a lot done for Mom too. With them gone and the boys gone it's going to be very lonely around here! :o( And quiet!

Well my cleaning gal is coming so I am going to take off and do some errands. She doesn't like me under foot when she is doing floors. I wish I could have her for things other then bathrooms and floors but she is very busy so I take what I can get.

Glad you had such a great time in Atlanta! Love to you both! xoxox

Janet said...

Wow isnt that a really beautiful place to visit!! Wow. I think I live in the wrong place lol!!