Offering the best views of the city, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s (ABG) Skyline Garden transformed an underutilized and under-visited area into a new, vibrant destination. With its distinctive modern character, the Skyline Garden compliments the other ABG display gardens. The 1.5-acre garden extends from the southeastern side of the Great Lawn south to the rear of the Fuqua Orchid Center on a hillside overlooking Piedmont Park.
According to Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President and CEO:
“This is going to be one of the most spectacular venues in the city, whether you’re into exploring a unique palette of plants that can flourish in the Southeast or want to hold a romantic wedding with a skyline view or simply need a quiet escape – all in the center of the city”
Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein designed the contemporary Robinson Pavilion to serve as the Skyline Garden’s “front porch,” a place to pause and take-in spectacular views of the Skyline Garden and the park and city beyond. Lightweight in appearance, steel columns and beams support the thin horizontal roof plane. The contrasting mass of the stucco-clad archways create portals to the Skyline Garden when approaching from the Great Lawn, framing a cast-in-place concrete arch and plinth designed for the display of sculpture. Once under the roof, each of these elements serve to frame the dramatic views to the east.
Sized to accommodate a wide variety of year-round activities, the open-air pavilion’s deep roof overhangs provide a shady respite on hot days and its fireplace and hearth offers a chance to relax and warm-up during cooler weather. Planned events include weddings, lectures, and opera and theatrical performances.