When my husband and I travel one of our favorite things is to start the day with a garden destination in mind and then let the rest of the day unfold spontaneously. Instead of going through a checklist of locations, this manner of exploration lets us discover the unexpected, meet local people, stumble onto visual surprises and delicious food. In this way, “garden tourism” is a wonderful way to discover new countries and regions.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to start a new series of blog posts under the title of The Garden Tourist. These are suggestions for places where you might want to visit to begin or add to your own wanderings. And since I’ve just returned from the GWA conference in Atlanta, I’ll do a few posts about the wonderful places we visited.
If you’re in Atlanta, be sure to go to the Atlanta History Center and their Goizueta Gardens. There are twenty-two acres of trails, woodlands and gardens that speak to the various ways Georgians have used plants, nature, farms and gardens throughout history. The areas I loved most were the peaceful, shady Quarry Garden and the Smith Family Farm Gardens.
But my one of my favorite places at The Atlanta History Center wasn’t a garden at all, but a library. It turns out that the library here houses the Cherokee Garden Library, with a lovely collection of garden books and seed catalogs. We were treated to a short talk and display by the Director, Staci Catron, a dynamic woman who made me want to move right in for some great reading or research. (Note: if you’re working on any historical or garden project that has to do with the southern USA, you should check out the resources in this library.)
If you’re anywhere near Atlanta, start your day at the Atlanta History Center and see where it takes you…