- GARDEN 1 -
THE GARDEN OF LEE & MIKE DUNN
8050 Nesbit Ferry Road
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
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 -
THE GARDEN OF CAROLE & JIM McWILLIAMS
2105 Clay Drive
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,
*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 -
THE GARDEN OF SYLVIA & JERRY ATTKISSON
165 17th Street, NE
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
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 -
THE GARDEN OF MARK REAVES
1414 North Morningside Drive
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.
only complaint is there isn’t enough room but demands of owning his own
business works out to just the right size for enjoyment.
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THE GARDEN OF RYAN GAINEY
129 Emerson Avenue
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.
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
- GARDEN 6 -
THE GARDEN OF CHRIS FICHTEL & LIAM SIMMONS
Rose Hill Decatur ~ 620 Pinetree Drive
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
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THE GARDEN OF DAVID SMITH
734 Willivee Drive
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