The Curious Garden


The Curious Garden features 11 site-specific installations created to highlight the Garden’s plant collections and plant conservation work by prompting visitors to make discoveries, ask questions and engage in conversations. Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature. In some cases, art objects are suspended, piquing the curiosity even more when forced to look up at the magnificence of tree canopies and brillant skies.

Design execution for this exhibition was provided by Hunt Professional Consulting, 3.fromme DESIGN and Alex Smith Garden Design Ltd.

May 6 - October 29
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

About the Artist

Adam Schwerner grew up with parents who were both artists, so from an early age he was surrounded by visual and performing arts. His personal affinity toward nature led him to study horticulture, and since then his 30-plus year career has successfully blended both worlds, combining art and nature through his work with public parks and gardens.

Schwerner was director of the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, where he spearheaded initiatives to forge bold, inclusive connections between the arts and neighborhoods by increasing arts presence throughout city parks. “The Atlanta project continues this exploration,” Schwerner says. “Through the interventions here, I ask similar questions, but, to the core, this work is also about what is beautiful. Sometimes what is natural is beautiful, but sometimes nature becomes more interesting when we add to it.”
Learn more about Adam here.

Curious at Night

Eat, drink and be curious! Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city while enjoying The Curious Garden at night.

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Various green chains hang among the roots in the Conservatory. Chandeliers dripping with orchids and various plants. Large, colorful cylinders bring a science-theme into the Orchid Center Large red disks hover the Canopy Walk drawing attention to the trees. Multi-colored trees fill the Garden