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Botanical Garden to welcome Peachtree runners, then tempt with chocolate

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will welcome those who’ve sweated off a few pounds during the Peachtree Road Race on July 4, then will host an exhibit on chocolate starting Sept. 4 that no doubt will encourage Atlantans to, at least collectively, pack on some pounds.

Tricky!

>>After runners have conquered Cardiac Hill on Sunday, they’re invited to “Cool Down on the Canopy.” That’s what the garden is calling its offer of free admission to those with a valid 2010 race number. They can check out the new 40-foot-tall Canopy Walk and the rest of the garden’s recently completed $55 million expansion, plus attend chef demonstrations at noon and 1 p.m. in the Edible Garden’s Outdoor Kitchen.

>>”Chocolate: Seed to Sweet,” a traveling exhibit developed by six American botanical gardens, including Atlanta’s, will lead visitors on an interactive outdoor journey that explores the history and use of chocolate around the world. Running through December, the exhibit will take garden-goers through a 20-foot-tall cacao pod and inside a kid-sized chocolate factory. A 15-minute film will venture into tropical rainforests where machete-wielding farmers harvest the bright yellow seed pods.

On opening weekend, the exhibit, presented by Dove, will offer programs on chocolate carving, cake decorating and chocolate finger painting. On Thursday nights in September, Cocktails in the Garden will offer a themed drink of Mocha & Mudslides.

Information: 404-876-5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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