Day Trip to the Athens Botanical Gardens

Day trip to the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia (Athens Botanical Gardens)

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia  

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia
 

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I spent the day in Athens, GA and in addition to eating way too much and wandering the campus of our alma mater, we spent the morning visiting the Athens Botanical Gardens (technically it's called the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, but I rarely call it that so bear with me.) 

Side note- When I lived in Athens I spent a lot of time there, both as a visitor and a student. (I even worked with them while writing my thesis on utilizing art to educate children on complex scientific concepts and procedures.) So now that I only live an hour-ish away, I try to make it back at least once or twice a year. While it's not the largest or the fanciest, there is just something about it that draws me in everytime. 

It was still relatively early in the season, so aside from daffodils poking out, most everything was still pretty dormant outside. Inside though, their orchids were on full display. (And unexpected happy surprise.) I absolutely adore orchids (they're actually the focus on an upcoming series) so I was especially excited to see so many different varieties up close. Here's a peek at what we saw:

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia  

Courtney Khail | Athens Botanical Gardens | State Botanical Gardens of Georgia
 

Beautiful, right?

New Paintings Launch TODAY (The Cotillion Series)

"The Cotillion Series," new original watercolor and ink paintings by Atlanta Artist Courtney Khail, launch TODAY

Original watercolor and ink paintings by Atlanta artist Courtney Khail

Original watercolor and ink paintings by Atlanta artist Courtney Khail

I am SO excited to share my newest works with you all. These have been a long time coming and each piece means so very much to me. I'll go more in depth about the specific pieces over the next few days, but until then, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

Something I'm really stoked about? How large some of these are. over 3 feet by 3 feet. I wish you could see them in real life because they are pretty kick ass. 

And before I go celebrate (both the launch and St. Patrick's Day,) I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement and support. It means so much to me!