Explore the Stumpery: The Newest Garden Addition to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum

Trees Atlanta is showcasing the Stumpery, a new whimsical garden space within the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, as part of National Public Gardens Week from May 8 – 17, with a virtual tour. The Stumpery is located in Reynoldstown on the Eastside Trail between Kirkwood Avenue and Wylie Street, and is a unique collection of repurposed logs and tree roots from construction sites around Atlanta.



Hosted by the American Public Gardens Association, of which Trees Atlanta is a member organization, National Public Gardens Week is a celebration of botanical gardens, including the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The introduction of delightful garden spaces, such as the Stumpery, creates botanical learning places that also provide natural beauty and a source of resilience in our communities. As explained in a blog post by Rachel Bergman, one of Trees Atlanta staff dedicated to its Arboretum program:

“Stumperies provide a living space for nontraditional plants, such as mosses with their vibrant color and soft textures that thrive in shady stumperies. Stumperies are curated works of art. Smooth swooping roots contrast with soft mosses, craggy stumps hide shade in their cracks while frilly fern leaves poke out to shimmer in the light.”

Stumperies also provide habitat for an extensive diversity of wildlife and mushrooms.


Sections of logs on the ground


Over the next few months, Trees Atlanta will continue to bring new life to the Stumpery with the addition of over 80 species of woodland plants and mushrooms. In the meantime, you can virtually explore the Stumpery by joining Trees Atlanta in celebrating National Public Gardens Week with the following opportunities:

  • Take a virtual tour of the Longleaf Pine Savanna with Greg Levine, Trees Atlanta, Co-Executive Director on May 13 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Take a virtual tour of the Stumpery with Kelly Ridenhour, Trees Atlanta, Associate Director of Design on May 16 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Follow along Trees Atlanta’s social media channels @TreesAtlanta for a behind-the-scenes look at the building of the Stumpery
  • Engage children in the celebration with Trees Atlanta’s free virtual youth activities, including live and on-demand programs, as well as printable coloring pages designed by Rachel Bergman


Published May 6, 2020

Written by Audrey Pruitt