Summer is often full of outdoor adventures with the family -- the beach, parks, Lake Lanier. A full schedule keeps the kids entertained, but it also inevitably wears out the driver/tour guide/ lunch packer extraordinaire -- Mom.
A surprising way to recharge is to actually visit one of these outdoor attractions without your children. Flowers, music, some stimulating conversation - sound good? I have an escape for you.
On any given sunny day, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a visual splendor that invites you explore secret gardens and glorious orchids in a steamy greenhouse. Usually kids run rampant through the butterfly gardens and we take only a few minutes to marvel at the size of an elephant ear plant.
But, at night, the scene transforms into a backlight garden of romance. The scene is sweetly serene and allows for quiet appreciation of the beautiful fauna.
Every Thursday evening, from 6-10 p.m., the Botanical Gardens hosts a cocktail reception with light bites, music and a cash bar. Occasionally there are additional musical acts or education segments about food or science. June’s segment is called “Fountains and Flirtinis.”
Next Thursday, June 16, has a few fun and educational features that make the date one to set in your calendar. Atlanta's a capella group Sound Investment will perform live. I sense a bit of comedy behind this routine. Then, a new approach to education will have you Exploring Primate Behavior Through Science and Theater at 7pm. (Hey, maybe it will give us that desperately needed insight into our preschooler's behavior.)
Give yourself music and flowers this week.
Entry fee is $18.95, or free for members. Visit Atlanta Botanical Gardens's website for more information.