Gardens For
Connoisseurs Tour

SOLD OUT: Join us Sept. 12-13 for a special end-of-summer edition of this beloved annual tradition.

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Important Ticket Update

For the best experience during the 2020 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, please note the following changes to our ticketing and admission procedure.

  • Hard copy tickets will not be mailed
  • Your ticket(s) will be emailed to the address you provided when purchasing by Thursday, September 3.
  • Please print your tickets and bring them with you. Tickets on phone screens do not allow for social distancing, and your compliance will help keep guests, volunteers and staff safe
  • Your tickets may be validated at any Garden you choose to see first.
  • If you do not receive your tickets via email by Thursday, Sept.3, please email Kaila Jackson.
  • The Tour is SOLD OUT, so there will be no onsite sales this year. Children under 12 receive complimentary admission and do not require a ticket.

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.

This year’s Tour is sold out. Thank you Atlanta!

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 receive complimentary admission

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. 


Tour Locations

The self-guided tour showcases the finest private gardens in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. Please note:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Patricia Terwilliger

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.

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Tour Tickets FAQ

What is the latest date to purchase tickets online?
This year’s tour is sold out.

How do I receive my tickets?
Important update:
Your individual Tour tickets will be emailed to the address you used at the time of purchase before Thursday, September 3. Please PRINT your tickets and bring them with you. Tickets on phone screens do not allow for social distancing, your compliance with print at home tickets will help to keep all guests, volunteers and staff safe. If you do not receive your tickets via email by Thursday, September 3 please contact Kaila Jackson at

Where is will-call & when is it open?
There is no will-call this year.

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.

May I receive a refund for my tickets if I am unable to attend the Tour?
All tickets are final sale. Refunds are not available for any unused tickets.

For any additional questions, email

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, click here 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. Masks required.

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.

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

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

Tour Patrons

Toni and Joel Adler
Elizabeth and Carl Allen
Bates Ace Hardware
Susan and Mike Brooks
Anne R. Carley
Jessica and John Dark
Vivian and Peter de Kok
Mary Wayne and Bill Dixon
Ginger and Jeff Fasy
Jack and Russell Huber
JAM’N Designs
Cynthia Jeness
Robin and Jo Keeler
Sandy and Bill Kellam
Jane and Bill Knapp
Nancy and Carl Knight
Jeannie Kostiuk
Rob S. Lamy
Jeff Messerall and Tom Oswald
Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, MD and Forrest Leef
Lisa and Bob Lepping


Barbara McArdle
Carole and Jim McWilliams
Anna and Hays Mershon
Mary O’Brien
Liza and Ed O’Hare
Karen and Richard Parker
William and Teresa Parrish
Robin and Marc Pollack
Ann Mertens and Sharon Remaly
Maria Richmond
Lucie Rivera-O’Ferrall
Beth and Jeff Rummel
Rod Rusyniak
Sharon and David Schachter
Dean DuBose Smith
Kim and Alex Smith
Margaret and Henry Staats
Linda and Mason Stephenson
Debbie and Don Swann
Tanner, Ballew, and Maloof, Inc
Titan Global Enterprises

Gardens for Connoisseurs 2020 Sponsors

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.

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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