ATLANTA GARDEN TOUR  

Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

As a fund raiser, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens put on a Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour over Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 and 8. In exchange for a hefty ticket fee, you were allowed to politely tromp around the front and back yards of “Atlanta’s finest private gardens.” In the event you were to think that you could do anything more than a polite tromp, they had an off-duty policeman at each house which greatly surprised me.

Of the 10 gardens on the tour, Priss, her husband and I were able to visit 6 before my bad knee rebelled. I offer photos of the garden elements that caught my eye.

Russell & Jack Huber

Walking up to the house
Walking up to the house

 

Water feature
Water feature

 

Burro's Tail
Burro’s Tail

 

Iris
Iris

 

Unknown fern???Really liked it.
Fern??? Really liked it.

ABG Huber rusty bike-0128

 

Bamboo forest
Bamboo forest

Robin & Mark Pollack

ABG Pollack birdhouses-0130

Tony & Joel Adler

ABG Adler patio-0133

 

ABG Adler frog with violin-0139

 

ABG Adler gazing ball-0137

 

ABG Adler giant rose-0132

 

ABG Adler hammock-0136

 

Pink Iris
Pink Iris

 

Kitchen garden at back of house near patio
Kitchen garden at back of house near patio

 

Sign at entrance of kitchen garden
Sign at entrance of kitchen garden

 

Sign on compost pile although I don't like the spelling
Sign on compost pile although I don’t like the spelling

 

Front yard
Front yard

 

Other side of front yard
Other side of front yard

Ann & Trammell Newton

Ivy on steps
Ivy on steps

 

Foxglove
Foxglove

ABG Newton table planting-0152

 

Verrrrrry old cypress tree around the corner
Verrrrrry old cypress tree around the corner

Joan & Robert Gilbert

Greenhouse
Greenhouse

 

Thumbnail sized pine cones
Thumbnail sized pine cones

 

ABG Gilbert potted plants-0164

 

ABG Gilbert fountain-0163

 

Roots helping to hold slope
Roots helping to hold slope

 

Unknown plant I liked.
Unknown plant I liked.

Erica & Bart Fanelli

ABG Fanelli - pond -0157

 

ABG Fanelli - pond w angel-0158

20 thoughts on “ATLANTA GARDEN TOUR  ”

  1. These are beautiful. I love them all. I even scanned thru your older photos of probably a previous trip. AS for the moss on your sisters trees….I have it all over the back yard and don’t particularly find it decorative. I even have it growing on the side of the garage and the side porch. Its green where it should be brown. Someday I may power wash it. When I’m younger.

    1. Loysetta – Those “when I am younger” thoughts have started to creep into my gardening. The older I get, the less I can handle the upkeep on this place so I’ve started looking for some of those ilex schilling bushes (I have one in the Fern Bed) that I can plant where I’ve been putting flowers every year. It’s the WEEDING that’s getting to me. I can’t stay ahead of it.

  2. Thanks for the share. As always great shots. I’ll be back to check them in detail, meanwhile…I gotta git outside and see what I need to do “when I’m younger”. 🙂

    1. Duncan – Re: “when I’m younger.” You would really enjoy Loysetta. She doesn’t think like normal people and thus, indirectly taught me about creativity and how to look at things from the other side of the Crooked Moon. I knew she was special from the earliest days and I’ve been enjoying her for nigh on to 22 years now.

  3. Sis, you can always do like my better half and I – if it is green, we mow it and pretend it is grass, then you don’t have to weed. Was much fun to go on the garden tours with you and just as much fun to see what caught your eye as interesting.

  4. Nothing better than visiting other people’s gardens – shame there aren’t more tours or open days. Loved the amazing cypress tree, the foxgloves and the greenhouse. I still long for a greenhouse – which is completely ridiculous in Florida! Thanks for sharing these photos and sorry for being late getting over here and catching up – have been away on vacation and then catching up from being away!!

    1. Kate – Hope you had a great vacation. I haven’t been over to your blog to see where you went. I have a small greenhouse. Probably 8×8 but I am far enough north to NEED it for winter storage of plants.

      1. I did indeed – thank you! I was up in South Carolina and Charleston but no post about it yet…I was lazy and just flopped on the beach and ate a lot of deliciously bad food! (well what else would you eat in Charleston?!) ;-)) Well I am so envious of your greenhouse!!

  5. I enjoyed the tour! These gardens contain so many beautiful plants and great ideas! The ? fern in the first garden is Arborvitae Fern, Selaginella braunii. I grow it in my own garden. It needs plenty of water, but I love it.

  6. My knee gives out on tours. If it manages to hold up then my ankle will go. I used to go on my own but now I try to go with someone to lean on. Love the pictures-you took some interesting shots.

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