Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour
Health and Safety Guidelines
All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, and visitors are required to do the same while enjoying the Tour. Guests are also expected to practice social distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet apart). Wherever possible, pathways will be designated one-way.
Capacity will be monitored at each garden throughout the weekend to encourage social distancing. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping all of our guests, homeowners, volunteers, and staff safe and healthy.
Warning: Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.
Stroll through Atlanta’s most remarkable private gardens on the 36th annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour. This time-honored, self-guided walking tour allows guests to explore the creativity of talented landscape architects, designers and local gardeners within the city’s most admired neighborhoods.
Usually slated for Mother’s Day weekend, this year’s Tour has been rescheduled for the safety of guests and homeowners.
All proceeds benefit the mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Following our temporary closure for the safety of our guests and staff, your support is more important than ever.
Get tickets today!
Advance Tickets (online only):
$28 Non-Member | $22 Member
Children under 12 are admitted without fee.
Tickets are valid both days of the tour. Gardens on the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour are viewable from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Tickets will be available for purchase only online. Advance Ticket sales end at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 10. Tickets purchased between May 1 – Sept. 3 will be mailed. Tickets purchased Sept. 4 – 10 will be held at will-call.
The self-guided tour showcases the finest private gardens in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. Please note:
Friends of the Garden
605 Old Cobblestone Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350: This four-acre property is quietly tucked away on a private street backing up to a forested edge of the Dunwoody Country Club Golf Course. Spectacular woodland views offer privacy, creating a remote escape for the homeowners. Land Plus Associates, the landscape architects on the project, worked closely with T.S. Adams Studio, to develop the perfect plan for this site. Key elements of the design include a formal entry garden, elevated pool area, vegetable and cutting gardens, and an imported Hartley Botanic greenhouse. At the back of the property, a custom bridge spans a meandering woodland creek lined with weathered boulders and riparian plantings.
April and Philip Nagel
649 Tuxedo Place NW Atlanta, GA 30342: To welcome a more relaxed lifestyle, the Nagels recently remodeled their outdoor living space from a full-bloom flower garden to a lower maintenance landscape. A distinct cutting garden makes its debut, along with a more established English boxwood garden inside the stone courtyard walls at the home’s front entrance. Adjacent to the main living area, an upper terrace, complete with topiary accents and an inviting fireplace, overlooks the pool and gazebo. Stone steps lead guests along a river rock creek bed running through the property to the bocce court and play lawn in the lower entertaining yard.
Dorothy Mitchell-Leef and Forrest Leef
1123 Garmon Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30327: Gardencourt is a large, established English-style garden lovingly developed over twenty years by owners, Dorothy and Forrest. The entryway to the garden leads guests along a fifteen-foot brick wall, covered in creeping fig, featuring three inset arches decorated with antique verdigris ironwork. Two twenty-foot hollies flank the pergola leading to a brick parterre filled with roses and that includes an herb garden designed by Mary Palmer and Hugh Dargan. The expanse of the garden is filled with more than one hundred and twenty feet of perennials of varied colors, boxwoods, and a lovely waterfall and pond. Antique statuary and urns surround the perimeter of the garden.
Bert Russo and
100 Jett Forest Court NW Atlanta, GA 30327: Revisiting a 2009 Tour favorite, Bert Russo and Deborah Levy share a truly remarkable sculpture garden, spotlighting significant works by Tom Otterness and Dale Chihuly. The home’s bold architecture and meticulously manicured shrubs provide unrivaled curb appeal and welcoming energy. The private, enclosed garden features boxwoods, Japanese maples and a linear water lily pond, with beautifully designed sculptural vignettes situated along the flagstone pathways, creating a seamless canvas for open-air entertaining or an early morning stroll.
6020 Winterthur Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30328: Described by the owner as whimsical, tropical and Mediterranean in style, this garden spans two and a half acres nestled next to the Chattahoochee River. The stone pathways that guide guests through the garden mimic the favorite routes discovered by Patricia’s grandchildren while they played and explored all of the secrets the garden holds. There are delightful surprises found around every corner—from a creatively concealed vegetable garden bathing in the bright sun of the front yard to a shimmering koi pond featuring aquatic plants and a triple waterfall. Statues are set among the Chinese windmill palms, banana trees, agave, cactus and bog planters, accenting unique garden rooms that all have their own special names.
Tour Tickets FAQ
What is the latest date to purchase tickets online?
Tickets are available online until Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m.
If I purchase tickets online, how do I receive my tickets?
Tickets purchased online by Sept. 3 will be mailed. Online tickets purchased between Sept. 4 – 10 will be held for pick-up at the Tour’s will-call locations.
Where is will-call & when is it open?
If you purchase tickets online Sept. 4 – 10, you may pick up your tickets on either day of the tour at will-call, located at any of the tour locations between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets held at will-call are available for pick-up on Tour Days anytime from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May I purchase tickets the weekend of the Tour directly at the gardens?
Not this year. For the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we’re only selling Tour tickets online.
Are tickets refunded if it rains?
The Tour occurs rain or shine, and tickets are non-refundable.
Does “tickets are valid both days” mean I can visit a single garden multiple times?
Tickets are valid both days, so you may choose to visit all the gardens on a single day or visit them over the course of two days. However, once a garden has been visited, there is no re-entry. Gardens on the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour are viewable from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.
How do I receive my member discount online?
You will need to enter your Member Number online to receive the member discount. Your Member Number is located on your membership card, as well as above your name and address on Garden mailings. For more info, please call Membership at 404-591-1539.
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Know Before You Go
The Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour is a self-guided walking tour which may include uneven or steep terrain. The Tour occurs rain or shine and there is no re-entry to gardens.
Are the gardens wheelchair accessible?
Since these are private gardens, wheelchair accessibility is not guaranteed and may often be limited.
What should I wear?
We recommend dressing comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Hats, sunscreen and walking shoes are encouraged.
Is there a shuttle between the gardens?
No, this is a self-guided tour.
Is it possible to walk or bike between the gardens?
Due to the distance between gardens, we recommend driving or carpooling.
Is there a Tour driving map available?
Yes, click here to access the map or click “Tour map” next to the address of any of the garden descriptions.
Where do I park?
Street parking is available at or near each of the gardens. No shuttle is provided.
What happens if it rains?
The Tour occurs rain or shine. If it looks like rain, please plan accordingly.
Are bathrooms available?
Since these are private gardens, bathrooms are not available. Please plan accordingly.
May I take photographs of the gardens?
Yes, photography for personal use and enjoyment is permitted. For commercial photography, please contact the Marketing Department at 404-591-1550.
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Garden Associates Board
- Mary Wayne Dixon, Advisory Chair, Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Co-Founder
- Beth Rummel, President
- Susan Brooks, Membership
- Jessica Dark, Recording Secretary
- Sandy Kellam, Education
- Forrest Leef, Treasurer
- Liza O’Hare, Corresponding Secretary
- Debbie Swann, Fundraising
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About the Garden Associates
In 1984 Garden Associates Founder, Peggy Martin, saw a need to gather an enthusiastic group of individuals to help grow the Garden. This collective developed into a vibrant service organization offering leadership, creative energy and support for Garden events and fundraisers like the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour.
The benefits of Associate membership include exclusive insider tours, educational programs, special events, networking and the opportunity to work with others who share a strong commitment to the Garden.
Benefiting the Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization. Tour proceeds benefit the Garden’s mission to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. To learn more about the Garden’s stunning displays, exciting events, critical conservation work and engaging educational programs, visit atlantabg.org.