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6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Atlanta This Year

By Caroline Perrott & Lauren Finney Harden | April 7, 2021 | Lifestyle

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Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden

Home to 30 acres of outdoor gardens including the acclaimed Children’s Garden, the scenic Skyline Garden and the peaceful Storza Woods with a Canopy Walk, Atlanta Botanical Garden is the quintessential way to get the family outdoors. Check the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tours, an expedition featuring an expansive showcase of private gardens across metropolitan Atlanta held over Mother’s Day weekend. 1345 Piedmont Ave.

Explore Piedmont Park

Explore Piedmont Park’s fascinating journey from forest to farm to fairgrounds at the docent-led Piedmont Park History Walking Tours held every Saturday of the month. The park tours trace the historical and physical evolution of the cultural centerpiece that served as an exclusive racing ground, the home of Atlanta’s first baseball team, an exposition park and more. 1320 Monroe Drive NE

Drink Green

Forget an apple a day. Today’s wellness gurus swear by a new daily ritual—celery juice—for brighter skin, better digestion and less inflammation. Here’s where you can find the green elixir in Atlanta. Try Food for Balance (56 E. Andrews Drive NE) salty celery juice. Ayurvedic principles guide every aspect of her Buckhead cafe and meditation studio, including the organic Salty Juice, named for the vegetable’s saline and detoxifying properties. You could also pick up a celery juice from Serenbe-based Bamboo Juices (502 Toombs St., Palmetto), available by delivery or at six local farmers markets. The USDA-certified organic celery juice is one of the company’s top sellers. It also features heavily in the blended juices from dtox juice (multiple locations), such as the lean + mean, used to promote joint and bone support. Can’t stomach the idea of pure celery juice in the morning? Try it with a boozy twist at Restaurant Holmes’ (50 S. Main St., Alpharetta) Cell Your Soul: that’s gin, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, celery juice, honey, salt and pepper.

Buy a Plant

Visit The Victorian Atlanta, owned by husband-and-wife duo Libby Hockenberry and Cary Smith. The successful store has recently opened their standalone location at Ponce City Market after previously being housed in Citizen's Supply. The pair’s goals of helping people “find unique and interesting plants they can’t find elsewhere” and to educate “about plants and how to better care for them” are still the same, but now they live in a 1,438 square foot space. Inside clean, airy interiors by Alison Fandel, custom wood tables and a mural by Atlanta designer Alyssa Cassatto make the space feel like home. “I want people to walk away with a new vision of what houseplants can look like,” Sanders says. Along with this, their success comes at a very grateful time for all small scale operations, Sanders continues, “We know that to truly create sustainability for small businesses we have to be invested in each other's success." Expect plants both tropical, desert and otherwise; like philodendron Jungle Whispers, 6-foot long Ceropegia woodii String of Hearts Smith leans toward the desert, large Dioscorea elephantipes (“a caudex plant from South Africa,” Hockenberry explains). “We’re excited for this new chapter for our shop,” says Hockenberry. “We think the new store is beautiful and can’t wait for our customers and friends to experience everything we have in store. The last two and half years have been such an incredible journey, and we’re so grateful for the support we’ve seen from our Atlanta community and beyond. We can’t wait to continue growing our community, friendships and some cool plants.” 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Ste. W113

Visit Your Local Farmer's Market

Across Atlanta there are so many fabulous locations hawking the best locally grown products Georgia has to offer. From Peachtree Road Farmer's Market, where you can grab goodies from Heirloom Farms, Little Tart Bakeshop, Georgia Sourdough Co. and more, to Morningside Farmer's Market to Ponce City Famers Market—officially open for the season. Every Wednesday from 4-8pm explore a rotating roaster of fresh produce, artisan products, handmade goods vendors. Expect products from Cosmos Farm and Partnership Farm, Martha's Boy Bakeshop, Sweet Lola's, Cultured South, Squeaky Green Cleaning Co., and more. Goats are even rumored to make a couple apparences! Shopping local is beneficial to so many things at once, to the farmers, to the lands, to the buisness to the consumer—it is all a win-win.

Shop Green at These Boutiques

April 22, make sure to stop by Marine Layer and SustainAble Cleaning Collection! With the Re-Spun program, Marine Layer is asking cusomters all year to donate tees they no longer wear or use. They then are turning these threads into new products! Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate this very green inituative, and they will give you a $5 store credit per tee, up to $25 off per person! In the same fashion, SustainAble Home Goods is offering a 20% discount on their entire cleaning collection so you can do your spring cleaning the responsible way this Earth Day!



Photography by: courtesy of Holmes; carousel image by Alirad Zare via Unsplash