Gardens For
Connoisseurs Tour

Join us May 8-9, 2021 for this beloved Mother’s Day tradition.

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Important Ticket Details

For the best experience during the 2021 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, please note the following details regarding ticketing and admission procedure.

  • Tickets are available online only.
  • 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. 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, please email Kaila J. Biggio, kbiggio@atlantabg.org
  • Children under 12 receive complimentary admission and do not require a ticket. 
  • Tickets are limited and available online only.

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). 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 37th 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.

Get tickets Beginning April 1!

Tickets (online only):

$35 Non-Member | $30 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.

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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Kathy Powell

630 Tuxedo Place NW Atlanta, GA 30342:
This garden was thoughtfully transformed by homeowner and renowned floral designer, Kathy Powell, from an “ode to ivy” into a natural woodland setting. The space delightfully features meandering foot pathways and exquisite works by artist-blacksmith, Greg Leavitt, including a remarkable dragon and bamboo gateway, a Japanese moon gate, a rotating sculpture, and an additional piece inspired by Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze”. Kathy often finds inspiration and materials for her Sogetsu floral designs within her own garden, and especially enjoys selecting from the varieties of aspidistra and lichen laden branches. Fallen leaves remain as woodland mulch, and a host of bulbs and perennials emerge throughout the seasons to inspire the soul with the natural beauty of the property. 

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Geri and David Laufer

2520 Lavista Road Decatur, GA 30033: 
Created, curated and maintained by horticulturist Geri Laufer and her husband David, Windfall Garden highlights their understated mid-century ranch with unexpected and thoughtful plant collections. A circular drive invites visitors into the public front garden with a broad, welcoming entrance plaza. Behind the home is a delightful “secret garden” and kitchen garden, as well as stone steps that lead to flagstone walkways surrounding profusely planted raised beds. A unique, architect-designed rempotage cleverly doubles as both an entertainment center and potting shed. Notable plant collections include native azaleas, camellias, daylilies, herbs, ferns, bulbs, perennials, and woody ornamentals, complemented by imaginative focal points such as a porcelain tub water garden and a container bog.

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Ron Aldana and
Herman Lee

37 South Prado NE Atlanta, GA 30309: 
While touring Europe, the homeowners sought unique design inspiration to further complement their Mediterranean-style Ansley Park garden. This pursuit led them to the sophistication and extravagance found within 17th and 18th century estates in England, France, and Spain. Many grand gardens of that time would include ruins, or architectural elements to depict ‘times past,’ known as garden follies. This newly renovated space now features an imported gothic-inspired folly, with ruins procured from Somerset, England—a small village between Stonehenge and Bath. Each element was shipped to Atlanta, carefully rebuilt by a local stonemason, piece by piece, and set into the landscape to create stunning focal points on the property’s terraced hillside.

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Cynthia Jeness

329 Robin Hood Road NE Atlanta, GA 30309: 
This stunning, owner-designed and maintained shade garden in Sherwood Forest surrounds a 1950s ranch-style home. Sherwood Forest, adjacent to Ansley Park, is famous for its remarkable tree canopy. While some neighbors opted to remove trees and expand their lawns, Cynthia and her family chose to nurture their existing trees (and even planted a few more!) to create a shady woodland in the city highlighting a variety of plantings such as Japanese maples, hellebores, camellias, a Golden Charm thread-branch cypress, and an established Summer Chocolate mimosa tree. Along with caring for their home garden, the owners also design, plant and maintain the seven “planting islands” in Sherwood Forest using environmentally sustainable practices. A family favorite is the Magnolia island (at the intersection of Friar Tuck Road and Little John Trail), featuring many unique plantings and a large magnolia.

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2021 Tour Sponsors

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. 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 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?
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 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.

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 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, 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?
Masks are required. We also 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.

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

 

Tour Patrons

Toni and Joel Adler
Mopsy and Doug Aldridge
Bates Ace Hardware
Susan and Mike Brooks
Brenda and Buddy Broun
Frances and Bill Creekmuir
Dr. Ann and Dr. Frank Critz
Julia and John Cromartie
Jessica and John Dark
Vivian and Peter de Kok
Mary Wayne and Bill Dixon
Katharine and Alan Elsas
Ginger and Jeff Fasy
Jack and Russell Huber
Pamela Isdell
Andrea and Mark Kauffman
Sandy and Bill Kellam
Nancy and Carl Knight
Jeanne and Gabrielle Kostiuk
Rob Lamy
Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, MD and Forrest Leef

Barbara McArdle
Carole and Jim McWilliams
Anna and Hays Mershon
Mary O’Brien
Liza and Ed O’Hare
Teresa and William Parrish
Sara and Cody Partin
Robin and Marc Pollack
Diane N. Quintana
Ann Mertens and Sharon Remaly
Maria Richmond
Patricia Brandmeier Robinson
Beth and Jeff Rummel
Rod Rusyniak and Tom Bat, MD
Sharon and David Schachter
Kim and Alex Smith
Margaret and Henry Staats
Linda and Mason Stephenson
Debbie and Don Swann
Laura Wellington
Ginger B. Wheeler
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.