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New Orleans native Thais Kay Cuffy sticks to one simple rule: Live life like its golden. On a quest for all things unique, inspiring and beautiful, Thais explores her current city of Atlanta in search of delicious food, interesting art, happening music, boutique shopping, and eclectic neighborhoods. A graduate of Oglethorpe University with degrees in Communications and French, Thais is Marketing Manager for an international software company, and has been freelance writing since graduating college. With a special interest in language and culture, Thais travels as far and as frequently as her pocketbook allows.

Imaginary Worlds Delights At The Atlanta Botanical Garden

Cobra sculpture at Imaginary Worlds

(Photo credit: atlantabotanicalgarden.org)

Attending Imaginary Worlds is a bit like stepping into a fantasy-land.  You know the giant horticultural creatures aren’t real, yet they look as though they’ll come to life at any moment.

On display through October 2013, Imaginary Worlds is a collection of 19 towering mosaiculture works of art by the nonprofit International Mosaiculture of Montreal. Mosaiculture is “the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures” using thousands of annual plants that cover an intricate steel form and are fed by a complex irrigation system. The results are larger-than-life creatures that not only look alive, but actually are. Atlanta is the first U.S. city to host one of these exhibits.

Shaggy dog at Imaginary Worlds

(Photo credit: Thais Cuffy)

As guests stroll through the gardens, they are greeted by a giant, shaggy dog glancing over its shoulder, two elaborately patterned cobras with winding bodies, a pair of enormous fish dancing on water, and a 25-foot tall goddess emerging from the earth. Three bunnies playfully nibble grass and a massive unicorn complete with golden horn and hooves gracefully bows to passersby.

A particularly enchanting way to see the exhibit is to attend Cocktails in the Garden, which takes place each Thursday evening through September. Each month, there is a signature cocktail, along with a variety of drinks that guests can purchase and sip while they meander through the exhibit. There are also DJs and cooking demonstrations.  Since the entire garden is accessible during the exhibit, guests can visit other attractions like the Japanese, Rose and Rock Gardens.

Imaginary Worlds is a perfect outdoor activity for the entire family, while Cocktails in the Garden couldn’t be more romantic.

WHEN:  Now through October 2013.

WHERE: Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

TICKETS: Please purchase tickets here.



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