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Gardens For
Connoisseurs Tour

The 38th Annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour will be held May 7-8, 2022. Tickets are available online only beginning April 1, with limited capacity. We hope that you'll join us for this beloved Mother’s Day tradition!

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Garden Details

About the Tour

Stroll through Atlanta’s most remarkable private gardens on the 38th 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.

All proceeds benefit the mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Tickets Available Beginning April 1

Tickets (online only, in advance of Tour weekend):

$35 Non-Member | $30 Member

Children under 12 receive complimentary admission

Tickets are valid both days of the tour (May 7-May 8). Gardens are viewable from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.

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Important Ticket Details

• Tickets are valid both days (May 7-May 8). This self-guided walking tour may include some uneven or steep terrain. No re-entry to gardens. Rain or shine. Information subject to change.

• Tickets are limited and available online only. Children under 12 receive complimentary admission and do not require a ticket. 

• Your ticket(s) will be emailed to the address you provide when purchasing. Hard copy tickets will not be mailed. 

• Please print your tickets and bring them with you to the Tour. 

• Your tickets will be validated at any Garden you choose to see first.

• If you do not receive your tickets via email, please email Kaila J. Biggio, kbiggio@atlantabg.org

• All tickets are final sale. Refunds are not available for any unused tickets.

 

Lisa Pinson

21 Lafayette Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

This charming cottage garden is a true extension of the main house with sculptural elements and formal parterre punctuated with traditional boxwoods and carefully maintained containers. Brick pathways guide guests through a variety of garden rooms to find loquat trees, peonies, Lions Head Japanese maple, and special iris brought from the South Carolina home of the owner’s grandmother.  Serving as a focal point in the back garden, the facade of the quaint guest cottage features fragrant, long-blooming ‘New Dawn’ roses climbing on distinctive trelliswork. The garden was renovated in 2020 to allow for a more open design by Tyne Martinez of Consilio Gardens.

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Russell and Jack Huber

1050 East Club Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

Tucked away in historic Brookhaven, a gravel driveway winds through native azaleas and rhododendron toward an inviting Arts and Crafts cottage and garden. Enter through an allee of Cherokee dogwoods to a quaint garden house, complete with luminous stained-glass windows. Wander along flagstone and pea gravel paths through bamboo groves, a sunken garden, koi pond, a hidden patio, and a whimsy white garden with arbors and benches. The Hubers are truly hands-on gardeners and have nurtured hellebores, hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias, phlox, iris, and David Austin roses. Delight in garden sculptures Fiddlehead Fern and Penny Farthing by renowned Atlanta artist Andrew Crawford. This lovely garden has appeared in Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Accent.

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Leslie Swain

700 Greenview Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

This half-acre English cottage garden was first featured on the Tour in 2013. Inspired by the owner’s mother-in-law’s home garden and visits to colonial Williamsburg, the front garden showcases organically-grown roses, peonies, rhubarb, clematis, and a wide variety of herbs. Guests will also find a large fruiting olive tree, a pear tree, raspberries, blueberries and elderberries! Follow the path along the side of the house to find a rustic staircase that steps down to a rain fed pond and dry streambed. The petite bridge in the rear garden leads to a wildlife sanctuary with native meadow wildflowers and two beehives.

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Friend of the Garden

2900 Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

True estate-style gardens combined with woodland elements create the most delightful setting to accompany this stunning Tudor home. Guests will be greeted by a fenced edible garden brimming with seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables. Winding footpaths guide a shaded stroll to a newly-renovated, covered outdoor living space complete with a stone fireplace, potted topiaries, and drifts of panicle hydrangeas framing an idyllic view of the pool and terrace. A formal parterre garden, featuring perfectly manicured boxwoods, sits at the top of hill complete with a centerpiece planter.

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Laura C. Martin
and Jack Burch

155 Lakeview Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Garden writer and botanical illustrator, Laura C. Martin, has spent the last 20 years transforming her yard into a magical organic landscape that welcomes wildlife and delights children of all ages.  The sunny front garden is traditional, complementing the 100-year-old house and features beds of colorful native pollinator plants. The shady back garden is home to Laura’s art studio and a large mossy “lawn” surrounded by a variety of native and ornamental plants.  A carved tree stump chair is on the patio near the fairy estate, which includes a miniature pizza oven, pool table and a formal garden.  Paths throughout this happy, exuberant garden make it a charming place to explore.

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Tour Tickets FAQ

How do I receive my tickets?

Your individual Tour tickets will be emailed to the address you used at the time of purchase. Please PRINT your tickets and bring them with you. 

I purchased tickets online, but I cannot find them in my inbox. How can I locate them?

Please search in your email folders (including trash and spam). If you still cannot locate your tickets, please contact Kaila J. Biggio at kbiggio@atlantabg.org

May I purchase tickets the weekend of the Tour directly at the gardens?

No. Tickets are only available online in advance of Tour weekend. Please note: tickets are limited and may sell out.

Are tickets refunded if it rains, or if I am unable to attend?

The Tour is rain or shine. All tickets are final sale. Refunds are not available for any unused tickets. 

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 featured 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.

For any additional questions, email Kaila J. Biggio at kbiggio@atlantabg.org

 

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.

Is there a Tour driving map available?

Yes, please click  2022 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Locations to access the map or click “Tour map” next to the address of any of the garden descriptions.

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. Please do not schedule bus tours or arrive in over-sized vehicles. We do not offer designated bus drop-offs close to each garden, and we can not guarantee that a bus will be able to safely access and exit each individual garden location. We designate street parking for individual cars, but it often gets very busy at peak times. 

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.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed on the Tour. Service animals are permitted.

For any additional questions, email Kaila J. Biggio kbiggio@atlantabg.org

 

2022 Tour Sponsor

2022 Tour Committee:

Jessica Dark

Sandy Kellam

Liza O’Hare

Beth Rummel

Paula White

Tour Patrons:

Toni and Joel Adler

Bates Ace Hardware

Susan and Mike Brooks

Brenda Broun

Frances and Bill Creekmuir

Drs. Ann and Frank Critz

Jessica and John Dark

Mary Wayne and Bill Dixon

Ginger and Jeff Fasy

JAM’n Designs

Jennifer and Marty Flanagan

Shearon and Taylor Glover

Cynthia Jeness

Sandy and Bill Kellam

Nancy and Carl Knight

Rob Lamy

Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, MD and Forrest Leef

Carole and Jim McWilliams

Anna and Hays Mershon

Ann Mertens and Sharon Remaly

Mary O’Brien

Liza and Ed O’Hare

Jeff Messerall and Tom Oswald

Teresa and William Parrish

Robin and Marc Pollack

Patricia Brandmeier Robinson

Beth and Jeff Rummel

Mary and Dan Schaefer

Margaret and Henry Staats

Linda and Mason Stephenson

Paula and Barry White

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.