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The “Green” Scene:

April 11, 2012

Garden Glory

Outdoor Rooms of Blooms for Mother’s Day Weekend

By Nancy Staab

  • Photos courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden

From estate to jewel-box size, take a peek at some of Atlanta’s most exquisite private gardens with the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Connoisseur’s Tour May 12-13

An English knot garden at Bill and Mary Wayne Dixon's home. An English knot garden at Bill and Mary Wayne Dixon's home.

Yes, we know this mid-May weekend is rife with events from Mother’s Day to Atlanta’s Food & Wine Festival, but what better way to treat your mom and walk off a few  food fest indulgences than at this self-guided tour of Atlanta’s most prized private gardens? The Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, organized by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is also a great excuse to enjoy Atlanta’s gorgeous spring weather and vistas brimming with blooms, statuary, art and fragrant flowers.  

Both gardening enthusiasts and the “garden curious” will delight in exploring exquisite design and planting ideas by talented landscape architects, garden designers, and local green thumbs. Customize your own tour by choosing from among 11 hand-picked gardens, including an intimate English knot gardens a la Rosemary Verey  (at Bill and Mary Wayne Dixon’s garden) and a vast estates featuring formal parterres patterned after a famous French estate (at Livia and Scott Hostetler’s garden).  Ryan Gainey’s legendary, artistic green lair is also on the tour, as is a Japanese garden by Matthew Klyn for Susi and Sandy Smith and an expansive plot boasting more than 33 types of Japanese maples (at Lush Life boutique owner Bill Hugdins’ estate). LuxeCrush is the official sponsor for Hudgin’s garden, so look for our table and we will give you a free garden tour favor! You can ambitiously visit all 11 gardens over the two-day weekend or just select a few to leisurely enjoy. The tour is open from 10AM  to 5PM, Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13.

Advance tickets are $25 and available at atlantabotanicalgarden.org and local garden centers or $30 on-site, the day of the event. Individual garden admissions can be purchased for $10 each on-site on the tour days only. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For more info: call 404.591.1597 or for a complete description of all 11 gardens on the tour visit: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events-classes/events/gardens-connoisseurs

A Japanese vignette at the garden of Lush Life owner Bill Hudgins A Japanese vignette at the garden of Lush Life owner Bill Hudgins

A formal French parterre at Livia and Scott Hostetler's estate. A formal French parterre at Livia and Scott Hostetler's estate.