August 16

Artichokes in the Park!!

artichoke1How many of you have visited the Gold Medal Garden at the Park? There’s a new plant that you may recognize in your favorite dip! That’s right- the Park artichokes are in full bloom!

Typically, the plantings in the Gold Medal Garden are reserved for only annual gold medal winners-however, the Central Fulton County Master Gardeners thought it would be fun to add the artichoke plants for a surprise element this summer. The Gold Medal Garden was the initial project of the Central Fulton Master Gardeners and was created in 2004.  Central Fulton Master Gardeners worked with Mark Banta, Former General Manager of Centennial Olympic Park, to design a large garden of plants that have been designated “Georgia Gold Medal Winners”.

The Gold Medal Plant Program promotes the use of superior ornamental plants in Georgia. It represents the combined effort of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia; the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension; University faculty members; and nurserymen, flower growers, garden retailers and landscape professionals across the state. These plants (a selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals) have proven high performance records in Georgia’s climate. 

The Garden is located at the northern end of Centennial Olympic Park, next to the playground and just across the street from the Georgia Aquarium.  Most of the winning plants are on display, and many are labeled with their common and Latin names. This dedicated group consistently maintains it throughout the year with volunteer work days every spring and fall.    

Is your mouth watering yet? Here’s a quick tutorial on how to peel and eat an artichoke! Stay healthy!