In 2011, major renovations transformed Myriad Botanical Gardens, adding a new children’s garden, architectural features, and event plazas. Upon entering, visitors have a tough first choice to make as 17 acres of rolling hills expand before the eyes. Massive sculptures dot the landscape alongside native and non-native trees, including a sycamore-tree-lined path designed in the image of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Visitors can often be seen relaxing in the shade of these sheltering plants, taking in music at the band shell, or walking around the gardens' 2-acre lake that houses 20-pound goldfish and Japanese koi that show off by bench-pressing them.
Near the lake, the spherical, elevated Crystal Bridge catches the sun with its more than 3,000 translucent windows stretching 224 feet across and 17 feet in diameter. The architectural marvel holds more than 2,000 species of dry and wet tropical plants that cavort with visitors wandering through the lush space. As they walk through the recreated vista, it slowly morphs from a tropical dry zone that imitates a drought to a tropical wet zone that replicates native tropical rain. Realistic rock walls add texture to the indoor environment, and a tropical waterfall pushes gushes of water over the towering Wet Mountain while simultaneously denying visitors the opportunity to kayak down its face.