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“Quirky and Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden
Atlanta
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97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quirky and Fun”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

There is so much to look at! It is worth the trip! Make sure you have plenty of time and enjoy looking at everything unique!

Visited June 2013
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English first
Huntsville, Alabama
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91 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Fortunate to visit before Howard passed away”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

As an Art major, Paradise Garden is a "must see" especially if you appreciate "outsider/folk" art. Finster was an amazing artist who created this fantastic garden. Back when I visited, Mr. Finster's casket, which he painted, was open and on display, and those forunate enough to visit during that time were allowed to write a sentiment on a piece of paper to place in the casket, for when Mr. Finster departed this world to accompany him in burial. The grounds are fairly small and I recall that he lived next door. At least one day a week Mr. Finster would be there, visiting with guests and talking. His brother was there the day I went. They had a small gift shop where you could buy Howard's words, and thoe works of his family members. Signs of "family feuding" were abudant, with literal signs hand written by Howard indicating what family member would or would not obtain such and such after his death. It's a visually stimulating place, especially on a beautiful Georgia Spring day and is a must see for fans of of folk/self taught artists. You will enjoy the various buildings/structures and assemblages. Read the book about Howard the "Man of Vision" before going so you can appreciate it more. I'm seeing that it is in the restorative phase since Howard passed away. I hope they revive it to an even better state than it was in the mid 90s when I went. Go there, you won't be sorry.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Funky and interesting, even to a teenager”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I went here with my teenage daughter who is not crazy about my choices of trip destinations. She liked it and took lots of pictures, so I'd say it was a success. If you've seen Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, you have an idea of the interesting sights to see here. This is much more rudimentary, though they are bringing the garden back to life from years of neglect, and there is a variety of art that will make you smile. It's a very informal place. I don't recommend trying to find this place with your GPS, though the people we asked directions from were very friendly.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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138 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Campy, kitschy artsy goodness!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

This place is pretty amazing! Well worth going if you are in the area. It shows how much one person can do with other people's trinkets and waste.

Visited July 2013
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ATLANTA
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112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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“A unique experience”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Howard Finster was a phenomenen in his lifetime. A preacher with a 6th grade education, who found his calling when a drop of paint on his finger told him to use art to spread the Word. He spent the rest of his life making some 40,000 pieces of art that are found now in museums round the world. His masterpiece was his Paradise Garden, with multiple sculptures and buildings, made mostly of castoffs, and unique items, like balls that were used to distress bluejean material in a nearby factory. After his death, his place fell into disrepair, but it is now being lovingly restored by some devoted local people. They are so lovely and friendly, and really see their work as a calling. I guarantee you have never seen anything quite like this.
Definitely worth the trip to this very out of the way location.

Visited June 2013
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