This past weekend at BlogHer Food 2011 in Atlanta was a whirlwind. There were so many wonderful people all talking about what we love—food, cooking, gardening, restaurants, and anything related—that I found myself wishing there was more time, maybe an additional day with no sessions planned just set aside to hang out with everyone and have fun. I lucked out this time and Michael and I didn’t have to meet early at the airport to do the kid handoff because he didn’t have to travel, so I booked my flights to allow some time to see Atlanta and spend time with friends old and new that I hardly ever get to see.
After Sunday morning breakfast with Susan and Sean, they headed to the airport (or tried to as you may have seen in their tweets) and I set off to spend the afternoon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I heard they have an edible garden and were doing cooking demonstrations that day, so as soon as I arrived I made a beeline for their outdoor kitchen, which is right next to the edible garden. Megan McCarthy was leading the demonstration using fresh chard grown just a few steps away from the kitchen. After the demo I took a leisurely stroll through the gardens, taking notes of plants we could add to our garden and creative ways to prop plants that need support. The afternoon was hot but not too humid, and I sat for a while under the shade of enormous magnolia trees in bloom. In spite of the heat, I felt refreshed and relaxed when it was time to leave and promised myself that I would set aside time to do this more often.
If you are thinking about visiting the garden, check out their Thursday evening Cocktails in the Garden events, which run May through September.
How to Get There
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309