A couple of weeks ago I attended the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Tour, a free walking tour led by Trees Atlanta docents. The tour is a great way to see the Beltline’s latest progress and learn about the horticultural considerations of the project.
Our tour began on a Saturday at 10:00am directly behind Parish restaurant at N. Highland Steel. We were greeted by Kate Baltzell, education coordinator at Trees Atlanta, and Rich Sussman, Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent and Central Fulton Master Gardener, who led our tour. Roughly 20 people joined us on the tour which began on time.
Our tour headed north on a beautiful Atlanta day. The pace is relatively slow and included frequent stops during which our guide told us about the trees that had been planted and interesting facts about the species that led to the decision to include them on the BeltLine. Our particular guide (each tour is different) also sprinkled in facts about the BeltLine itself and the development happening around it. The tour ended around Paris on Ponce at which point my friend and I continued walking to the current start/end of the Eastside trail near Piedmont Park.
Arboretum tour dates open at 9:00am on the 20th of each month for the following month. It’s super easy to sign up. If you haven’t yet experienced the BeltLine, this is a great way to do it. Make a day of it and grab a bite before or after at Parish.
Below are some photos from our tour.