Special Events

Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5, 2013
An Intimate Tour of Atlanta Gardens

Presented by
The Board and Members of
The Georgia Perennial Plant Association

See beautiful gardens from Decatur to Virginia Highland, Ansley Park to Sandy Springs!

All Gardens Open
Saturday, May 4 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rain or Shine

Ticket Cost: $20 (Tour is free with a 2013 GPPA Membership)

Please click here for more information on membership
in the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.

More details about this annual GPPA event coming soon!

MAP! Click here for a detailed map to each of the tour gardens. MAP!

2013 Tour tickets will be available at those locations noted below, after April 1.

Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens on the days of the tour.

You may now also buy tickets online using either a credit card or your PayPal account. (There is a $1 convenience fee for each ticket purchased online.)

Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase online and click "Add to Cart". You will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction and then returned to the GPPA website.

2013 GPPA Garden Tour Tickets

Please print your receipt and bring it to the first garden you visit, where you will receive your ticket(s) for the rest of the tour.


A special thanks to these 2013 GPPA Garden Tour Sponsors!

2013 Tour tickets will be available at those locations noted below, after April 1.

Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens on the days of the tour.

Ashe-Simpson Garden Center
4961 Peachtree Ind. Blvd. ~ Chamblee

(Ticket Location)

Buck Jones Nursery
7470 Hickory Flat Rd ~ Woodstock
- and -
689 Grayson New Hope Rd ~ Grayson

(Ticket Locations)

347 Boulevard SE ~ Atlanta

(Ticket Location)

Glade Spring Nursery
in Jackson
(Wholesale to the trade only. Glade Spring plants
are available at Garden*Hood, Ashe-Simpson,
Habersham, and other local nurseries.)

Habersham Gardens
2067 Manchester St. ~ Atlanta

16 Forest Parkway ~ Forest Park
in the Atlanta State Farmers Market

The Schmieta Family

Tim Martin and Frank Wilson

Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens so you can simply
come to any of the gardens on the days of the tour and purchase your tickets!



- GARDEN 1 -

8050 Nesbit Ferry Road

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Garden owner Lee Dunn says that her life began in 1999 when she and her husband purchased Dunhaven, a garden composed entirely of meatball shrubbery, wild woodlands and railroad ties. They hit the ground running, and have created a garden which Lee now refers to as "a never-ending canvas of improvement and change."

As you begin the walk down the long driveway, you are immediately impressed with the sense of tranquility in this garden, created in part by the stacked Tennessee stone walls which were interplanted with ferns and moss to make them appear as though they’ve been in place for generations.

Over the past several years, Lee and Mike Dunn have worked to create a series of garden rooms, each with its own distinct personality, plantings, and exquisite art.

Of particular note to Atlanta area gardeners will be the Dunn’s solution to a large local deer population, which has made it possible to have such a beautiful space while sharing the neighborhood with what the Dunns call "the devil with four hooves."

- GARDEN 2 -

2105 Clay Drive

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The moment you enter this five acre property, it is clear that you are visiting the home of passionate gardeners. Carole and Jim McWilliams purchased this property a little over twenty years ago, when it was essentially "a house in the middle of the woods." Over the years, in collaboration with garden designer Tim Stoddard, they have created a garden lover’s fantasy.

The first garden created was the rose and perennial border which brings an explosion of color and fragrance to the front walkway leading to the house. From there, the gardens just kept expanding outward from the house.

The long driveway is edged with an extensive perennial border, filled with roses, herbs, and new blooms at every step. Crossing the driveway, there are numerous paths meandering through the woodland gardens, with large pieces of art punctuating the planting beds.

You won’t want to miss the greenhouse, potting shed or extensive collection of birdhouses, either!

*Please note that this garden is located on a very narrow street. Please park only on one side; additional parking is available beyond the house!

- GARDEN 3 -

165 17th Street, NE

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This garden showcases what is truly special about in town Atlanta gardens. This is one of those wonderful properties in which one can enjoy the pleasure and beauty of a lush garden, while still in view of the midtown Atlanta skyline.

After more than thirty years of living with an underused shady back yard, owners Sylvia and Jerry Attkisson found that runoff from intense construction uphill was quickly turning their property into a sunny spot, killing several mature trees and depositing loads of gravel in their garden. Confronted with a lemon, Sylvia decided to try to make lemonade. The addition of a dry stream bed and a bit more sun has turned unused woodland into a much enjoyed garden. It has taken several years to puzzle out the sun because of mature trees to the south. But every addition to the garden has been a pleasure--which increases as it grows! Beyond lemonade--champagne!

Sylvia is a professional garden designer whose approach to her own garden is much less disciplined than her approach to clients’ gardens.

- GARDEN 4 -

 1414 North Morningside Drive

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The 1930's Morningside bungalow is a perfect backdrop for this relaxing intown garden. Mark Reaves, landscape designer and owner of a specialty nursery has spent 14 years designing and working on his garden. With constant challenges from development and loss of trees, this garden has transformed to handle all aspects of sun and shade.

One of the many highlights of his garden are several water features that the homeowner installed for relaxation to help drown out the noise of intown living. Upon arrival the first impression is a well kept garden edged with hedges and topiaries. The small pond in the front entices you to explore further before heading to the back area. A quaint seating area in the back garden welcomes visitors to sit and stay while enjoying Mark's collection of fun containers with unusual plants including ?? and a variety of maples.

The homeowner’s only complaint is there isn’t enough room but demands of owning his own business works out to just the right size for enjoyment.

- GARDEN 5 -

129 Emerson Avenue

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Plantsman Ryan Gainey has spent several years developing and refining the garden surrounding his 105-year-old cottage, and visitors to this special place will certainly understand why this garden has been featured in several books, articles, and films.

This exquisite Southern cottage garden is filled with antique and heirloom plants, punctuated with classic boxwood topiary, roses and an abundance of color throughout the year. The circa 1917 greenhouses and the unique tree house are a particular delight to visitors. This garden was the inspiration for Ryan Gainey’s latest book, The Fragrance Garden.

For the past fourteen years, Ryan Gainey has worked with architect Marc Mosley creating estate homes, gardens and interiors together in a unique design collaborative.

- GARDEN 6 -

Rose Hill Decatur ~ 620 Pinetree Drive

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The property affectionately known as "Rose Hill" for its 300+ rose bushes, was built in 2002 to emulate the stately homes along the historic Olmstead Park system connecting Atlanta with downtown Decatur. Liam Simmons and Chris Fichtel purchased the just-completed house and began developing gardens on the austere half-acre lot. They strove to combine the naturalistic sensibilities of Olmstead with a sense of "lost" formality appropriate to the antebellum-style home.

The division of the relatively small property into several intimate garden spaces gives the sense that the grounds are much larger than they actually are and urge the visitor to continue moving through the garden. A variety of materials and a careful layering of styles suggest that the gardens have evolved for generations rather than a few years.

Liam and Chris flanked the wide stairs leading to the front of the house with terraced brick planters that maximize usable space on the steeply sloping hillside and anchor the house, which previously seemed "perched" on the hilltop. The back yard is "enclosed" by the house, a columned pergola and over-scaled "Blenheim Benches" (designed and built by Liam to screen the pool equipment).
And, of course, there are the omnipresent rose bushes which are the signature element of the home and garden. There are new surprises and delights at every turn in this garden that you’ll want to visit again and again.

- GARDEN 7 -

734 Willivee Drive

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This delightful oasis is a new garden with old bones. Beginning in 2006, with the creative assistance of designer Michelle Hammer, David began transforming the barren front garden from “the home to a few lonely azaleas” into a lush space filled with Japanese maples, a Gingko, an abundance of ferns, gardenias and Tardiva hydrangeas.

The back garden is accessible from a new series of decks and a screened porch. Previously the home of two towering camellias, overgrown azaleas, liriope and ivy, the garden now features hydrangeas, a big leaf magnolia, dogwoods, Edgeworthia, cobra lilies, hostas, Japanese maples and many other shade lovers. David continues to created new beds each year and the back gardens are always evolving. A relatively new convert to gardening, David feels that it is in his blood. His father used to comb the woods near his home in Vidalia for native azaleas and other shrubs and amassed quite a collection – David is now proudly following in his father’s gardening footsteps.