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June 6, 2009

The Atlanta Botannical Gardens - A Sensory Experience

Having lived in HotLanta for more than 15 years, I am ashamed to say that I have never been to the Botanical Gardens before today. My dh tried to defend that major faux pas by saying that lots of people live in Atlanta all their lives and never go to the zoo or aquarium, but I always loved gardens as a child and I still do.

I have to say that I was absolutely amazed. I had no idea how extensive, beautiful and absolutely imaginative the gardens are. I was also unaware that the gardens are currently featuring the amazing Moore in America exhibition of bronze sculptures.

But more importantly, the gardens are the perfect sensory experience for my two autistic children, particularly my 7 year old, who happily wandered among the gardens, fountains and hands-on children's exhibits like an elf flitting about the woods. He was in heaven.

My 13yo was happy to hear that we plan to come back for a much longer, more leisurely visit later this summer, while her brother is visiting his cousin. Dd is like me, she wants to soak in the scenery a little bit at a time.

And there is nothing more calming that water features literally sprinkled throughout the beautiful gardens.

The best thing of course is that we can go back whenever we want. I can't wait to go to one of their evening exhibits. Sans children perhaps.