|Cocktails in the Garden|
The cocktail social also frequently features special events, music via DJ, cooking demonstrations in the outdoor kitchen, and specialty cocktails that visitors can carry with them while exploring the Garden's splendor and mingling with other garden enthusiasts.
Tonight wasn't my first time visiting the Garden, but it was my first time attending the Cocktails in the Garden event. I was amazed at the number of bars set up throughout the Garden…no lines to wait in! The variety of beverages (cash bars) was also impressive. They offer wine, cocktails, beer and currently is offering frozen "mudslides" in celebration of their current exhibit "Chocolate: Seed to Sweet," as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
|Goin' Coastal Cooking Demonstration|
The Garden had considerably more guests than I expected for cocktails, but not so many that it was crowded. Navigating the sunset soaked gardens was pleasant, relaxing and vibrant, depending on which part of the Garden one found oneself in. The largest gatherings were on the Canopy Walk and the Levy Parterre Garden.
|Glass Art Pumpkins|
Will I have another round of Cocktails in the Garden? Absolutely. With so many attractions during the month, every Thursday in September is now blocked on my calendar. I was also told that October is the Garden's busiest month of the year and that they have quite a few special events lined up, including the popular "Scarecrows in the Garden." One learns very quickly that there's no excuse for being bored in this city!
Visiting Cocktails in the Garden
Date toured: Thursday, September 9, 2010
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursdays in September (returns in spring 2011)
Location: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE (map and directions)
Cost: Members free, Guests $15 (cash bars)
- Drop-off (0-15 minutes) free
- 16-30 minutes ($0.75)
- Each additional 30 minutes ($1.00)
- Multi-visit parking passes available at the Gift Shop
|Sunset at the Garden|