Spring flowers bloom in Atlanta

Hold on to your Zyrtec and break out the bug spray, and get ready to see some beautiful spring blooms in the ATL. I'd invite you to come see my yard full of roses, daffodils, lilies, purple hearts, anemones, tulips, crocus, flox and nameless others, but I don't want you traipsing through my garden. So here are some places that don't mind you hanging out and gawking at the scenery.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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It is very easy to get lost in this beautiful oasis of lush landscapes. It doesn't matter what time of year it is because the Garden has both indoor and outdoor displays, but in the Spring, it's the perfect time to take a stroll around outside and breathe in the sweet aroma of the stunning scenery. Don't try to eat from the Edible Garden (go to the highly rated restaurant instead), peruse the Japanese garden, and marvel at the enormous Victoria water lilies.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

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As Atlanta's nature destination, you'll find some of the most beautiful and diverse native flowers, shrubs, trees and ground covers. You can enjoy the beauty that Georgia offers if you hike along their Woodland trails. Soak in the striking color and sweet smells of violets, lilies, and my favorite, Wild Indigo, a gorgeous perennial plant with numerous medicinal qualities. And if you want to take some of those flowers home with you, try out their Spring Native Plant Sale in early spring. And just for kicks, check out the impressive collection of both native and non-native plants in the butterfly garden. If you're afraid of the elegant winged bugs, suck it up, buttercup, it has spectacular sunflowers, goldenrods and various other beautiful butterfly bloomage.

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

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Last year, nearly two million users of Atlanta's Beltline engaged in regular physical activity, staving off the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Yeah, whatever. Located in the historic Old Fourth Ward Park, it's also known to have some of the most beautiful foliage in the city. The cherry blossoms and fragrant Magnolias are in vibrant bloom, lining the trail as far as the eye can see. Luckily, the Eastside Trail treks right through some fine dining, so if you're tired of all that healthy walking in managing your weight, stop off at the Krog Street Market and have a glass of wine to applaud your efforts.

Woodruff Park

There are thousands of tender, yellow daffodils at Woodruff Park, thanks to Am Yisrael Chai, an organization that has orchestrated the Daffodil Project in memory of the estimated 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust as well as support for children suffering in humanitarian crises around the world. The yellow color represents remembrance and the flower's shape of a star is symbolic of the star Jews were forced to wear during Holocaust. As the daffodils return with a burst of color each spring, it reminds us of resilience and hope.

Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is to Atlanta as Central Park is to New York City, but not quite that big. There's tons of gorgeous flowers and blossoming trees, ducks at the lake, tennis courts, and so many other things you can do outside. Bring your pooch along with you as you gaze at the array pinks, reds, whites and greens dotting the Atlanta skyline. And when you're ready to come out of your Zen-like trance, head over to Park Tavern and wet your whistle with a glass of wine to congratulate yourself for getting out of the house for once.

Amy has been an Audio-Video Technology & Film instructor in the Atlanta area for the last 10 years. She has produced newscasts for an ABC affiliate in Memphis, TN and has contributed to several Atlanta publications.