Featured Gardens

1. Ann and Frank Critz

797 Springdale Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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Forty-two years in the making, the English-style garden of Drs. Ann and Frank Critz is a mix of sun and shade sitting on an acre of land. In the early 2000s, the garden underwent a major renovation by New Moon Gardens and is now curated by their son John, owner of Tilting Windmill Landscape Design. The landscape is comprised of a number of different gardens; most notable are the White Garden, with variegated Japanese maples and Annabelle hydrangeas, and Julianna’s Secret Garden, a tropical space named after their daughter. Sweeping annual beds are this garden’s signature, with over 16,000 bulbs planted annually. The spring garden has been featured in Southern Living.

2. Kathryn and Brad Denson

833 Springdale Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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The Densons’ naturalistic garden celebrates the beauty of nature with winding garden pathways, hundreds of ferns and native plants, boulder walls and stone bridges, and a cascading recirculating waterfall that spills over a stonewall into a serene pond. Taking advantage of the high water table, shade, and dramatic elevation change, this landscape revels in the benefits of abundant moisture with thriving wet condition plants, including live oaks, holly fern, golden sweet flag, native ferns and astilbe, wax myrtle and Florida anise. Designed by Eric King, this timeless southern woodland features southern magnolia, Camellia sasanqua, and several varieties of hydrangea.

3. Chantel and Rob Taylor

916 Springdale Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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Upon arrival at the Taylors’ hilltop Italian style home, guests are greeted by vibrant Mediterranean perennials including Centaurea dealbata, Glaucium flavum, Silphium perfoliatum, Iris ‘Gerald Darby’, Cistus x Chelsea Bonnet, and Eryngium yuccafolium. Boxwoods flank the perennials with Impreunetta Italian terracotta pots accenting the landscape. The backyard evokes an Italian Riviera getaway: a border of Italian Cypress canopies the pool while an array of roses, lavender, palms and olive trees create visual interest. A giant strawberry pot turned stunning water feature and natural shade garden complete this elegant setting designed by John Critz of Tilting Windmill Landscape Design.

4. Dick Bunn and Ken Felts

994 Williams Mill Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Inspired by his father’s love of the outdoors, architect Richard Bunn has transformed this garden over 30 years to showcase white flowers, varying textures, and unique shapes while juxtaposing contemporary elements with classical plantings. A goldfish pond invites guests into the water garden, bluestone pavers leading to an outdoor fire pit and ample seating designed by Bunn. This urban oasis features various edibles, specimen Japanese and Trident maples, native Magnolia macrophylla, a striking Cupressus arizonica, azaleas, camellias, Southern Shield ferns, climbing roses, hostas, Lenten roses, and an array of hydrangeas. This garden has been designed by the owner, in collaboration with McGill & Fleming Landsapes.

5. Meredith Langston and Zach Pressley

2372 Glenwood Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Nestled in Peachtree Hills, the garden of homeowner and interior designer Meredith Langston mixes traditional and modern styles. Comprised of parterre and knot gardens, this exquisite landscape is almost entirely organic, bursting with boxwoods, hornbeams, snowball viburnum, and edgeworthia. Unique features include a Belgium fence with apple trees, a living succulent wall, and a large willow. Langston collaborated with Gardenology to design and install this shade garden early last spring, and it was featured in the October issue of Intown Living.

6. Penelope Smith

611 Norfleet Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Inspired by her dear garden friend, the late Ryan Gainey, Penelope Smith’s intimate “no rhyme but lots of reason” garden blends English summer with woodland shade. Robinia, dogwood, maple, smokebush, and native azaleas greet visitors upon arrival to this artist’s garden. In the rear, discover various rooms: a fountain garden with tea olives and irises, Japanese and grotto gardens with poppies, larkspur and roses. Admire the koi pond and glass house studio for painting and retreating in the summertime. A peaceful sanctuary and homage to Smith’s home, the English garden showcases collections of azaleas and camellias.

7. Anonymous

944 Nawench Drive
Atlanta, GA 30327

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This hidden woodland retreat, located on over an acre in the center of the city, establishes a peaceful connection to the past. Using relocated plants from a family farm in North Georgia to create a rustic, livable atmosphere, the garden invites meditative solitude while providing purposeful space for family events. Standing at over 100 feet, the Dawn Redwood provides shade and beauty in every season. Discover multiple garden rooms of sun and shade featuring mature boxwoods, redbud, indigofera, stokesia, crinkle root, salvia, peonies, and baptista. A passionate gardener herself, the owner gardens year-round with the support of Passiflora Garden Design.

8. Wendy and Peter Petersen

1285 W. Garmon Road
Atlanta, GA 30327

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Designed by landscape architect Alec Michaelides, this expansive landscape sits on 3 rolling acres in Buckhead. Upon arrival, a gated entry opens to a gravel court with a center parterre garden of Korean and American boxwoods. Meander through a covered breezeway leading to the rear yard beneath a majestic Yoshino cherry. Discover the terraced boxwood garden with stone steps leading to an elevated mixed perennial garden and a rustic arbor brimming with New Dawn roses. Lush annuals surround the central yard and large terrace for entertainment. Follow the stone path to the pool and open air pavilion bordered by a stone retaining wall with white Bobo hydrangeas above.

9. Donna DeLuca and Joe Wilber

4735 Woodvale Drive
Atlanta, GA 30327

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This two-acre garden begins with a drive flanked by dogwoods, winter jasmine and holly that gives way to a bamboo glade. A low stone wall emerging with compositions of boxwoods, lamb’s ear, and acorus complement bronze dancing ballerinas showcasing unique plantings of Blue Shadow fothergilla and itea. A rose-covered loggia invites guests into an oversized private terrace complete with a fairy fountain spirting water into a stone walled trickling pond. This garden is maintained by Tim Gartland of Hamilton Land Services.

10. Rod Rusyniak

5505 Claire Rose Lane
Atlanta, GA 30327

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Drawing from the hill town aesthetic of European noble estates, this garden naturally includes winding inclined paths bordered with specimen conifers, topiaries, seasonal embellishments and natural rock outcroppings. Meander along walking paths brimming with perennials punctuated by imported statuary, water features, varietal cutting beds, architectural follies and outdoor games. A pool, waterfall, outdoor kitchen, and fireplace flanked hot tub provide a dazzling space for entertaining. A glimpse into the intricacies of hillside design, the landscape celebrates the endless possibilities and passion of a dedicated plant connoisseur.