Thank you for attending Garden Tour 2017!
Ready for another round of amazing gardens!
Garden Tour 2018 will be May 5th and 6th 2018!
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Tickets are valid for both days of the Tour.
Early Bird pricing ends at midnight on May 5
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Therese and David May love bird watching and have planted a garden with several sources of food to attract them. Certified by the Atlanta Audubon as a Wildlife Sanctuary, the garden provides habitat and nesting areas in addition to plants that provide food. They have also learned how to co-exist with squirrels. In 2016, they built a 10’ x 23’ garden enclosure to house the fruits and vegetables that squirrels love best. This enclosure is not to be confused with the onsite chicken coop! In addition, they have a wildflower bed, an asparagus bed, fig trees, an Asian persimmon, and more! Finally, don’t miss the beginning of their meadow on the south side of their house. It’s hard to believe you aren’t visiting a house in the country, but rather a garden on a small Decatur lot.
Pollinators are the focus of this rustic yet gentle garden, attracting many species of bees and birds. Ms. Lynda Anderson has been living on this property since 1976 and has seen many changes in Decatur, GA. One being her amazing garden! Established in 2007 and a registered Atlanta Audubon Society member, she maintains a three area garden, some of which is incorporated in the original foundation of the house!
The front of the house is a pollinator garden. She has milkweed, a myriad of host plants, and nectus plants for the buzzing bees.
On the side of the house is an edible garden key hole bed. This garden has swiss chard, turnip greens, peas, lettuce, and herbs.
Travel around the backyard to see many native azaleas in her woodland garden. Stop and listen to the bubbling pond and watch for blue birds nesting as well as brown headed nuthatch.
We are excited to have this garden return for a second year in a row, but it won’t be the same garden you saw last year. Peter Helfrich and Angie Wynne have been working diligently to expand their wooded pathways and plant even more natives on this 2/3 of an acre in Decatur.
Seven years ago, this garden was a blank slate. Now it features honey beehives as well as habitat to support native bees. You will also find 400+ feet of wooded walking trails featuring ferns, azaleas, buckeyes, twig fences, benches, and numerous native plants underneath a canopy of hickory, oak, dogwood, cherry laurel, and pine. New this year, the owners added a small pond. A large pergola is surrounded by hydrangeas, yellow bell, and other shrubs along with two fountains. The garden is an Atlanta Audubon and National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat.
Dr. James Kennedy has spent many years transforming his hillside property into a garden that features many native plants including Virginia sweetspire, Clethra, beauty berry, and oak leaf hydrangea. The backyard has lovingly been transformed into an area that features seating areas and gardens that thrive in the shade. Using the stone steps, you will notice a composting area in the corner of the yard. Peak on over at the 1957 Bellair! In addition to planting native plants, Dr. Kennedy also maintains a beautiful edible garden full of salad and peas!
He will also provide an on site demonstration on soil biology complete with a microscope for viewing the little critters. Two soil biology experts will be present to explain about the soil food web.
Please explore the beautiful Parkwood Park right across the street (see Other Gardens of Interest)!
Established in 1990 and designed by Paula Refi, this native and heirloom garden features many unique plants. A dolphin fountain is complemented by several varieties of hydrangeas, native azaleas, a large hophornbeam tree, and a majestic Henry Lauder’s walking stick. The front garden was featured in Front Yard Idea Book (2002) and the back yard was featured in Country Living Gardener.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta (WSA) has spent several years transforming their school yard into unique gardens that not only benefit the children who learn and play there, but also the native animals that make this campus their home. The campus features gardens that focus on native pollinators, medicinal and edible plants such as beauty berry, echinacea, witch hazel, and hazelnuts. In the Woodland Garden, in front of the administrative building, they installed a rain catchment system that is used to irrigate all this whole garden. Edible gardening is also important to them which is why you will see several places where food is grown including the small Kindergarten veggie plot. Honeybees, natural playgrounds, and the May pole for the upcoming Mayfair are also on view for you to enjoy. Next thing you know, you will be enrolling!
Woodlands Garden is an eight-acre garden and native plant habitat near downtown Decatur. In 2003, the Morse family donated 7 acres of greenspace to become this public garden. Last year, Woodlands purchased the adjacent one- acre parcel on the corner of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue. At no charge, visitors can explore the historical Morse garden and an educational native plant garden which envelope visitors into the appealing, diverse plant world of the Georgia Piedmont. While in the Garden, visitors can expect to explore a winding network of mulched trails that meander through the woods. The majority of the plants surrounding these trails are native to the Georgia Piedmont region and feature some incredible Champion Trees like our Bigleaf and Cucumber Magnolias or the Devil’s Walking Stick. The core of the 8 acres surrounds the previous home site, which is now a grassy lawn where the Heritage Garden can be found. In the Heritage Garden, visitors will find Dr. Morse’s original camellia collection, ornamental Japanese maples, and the all ages Children’s Natural Play Area. The staff and volunteers provide educational opportunities to learn more about the importance of native plants through workshops and signage, while also maintaining a balance of focusing on the space as an urban sanctuary full of natural serenity.
The Garden’s mission is to preserve a woodland garden as an urban sanctuary for educating and engaging the community in the natural world.
Established in 1992, this urban oasis, hidden away in the “backyard” of the Decatur Recreation Center, features an organic community garden that brings residents together, keeps them active, and provides urban greenspace therapy.
Parking tip: Park in the Decatur Library parking deck and walk over to the garden.
Parkwood Park is a 3.2 acre garden that is the host to the Pevine Creek headwaters, which flow to the Gulf of Mexico through the Chatahoochee. Community partners, known as the Parkwood Garden Club, have been working on this native garden for 6 years!
The Decatur Cemetery-
The Decatur Cemetery is a beautiful place to walk and contemplate. One of the largest greenspaces in the city, the 58 acre cemetery dates back to 1823. The Friends of Decatur Cemetery have been diligently working on many plantings and improvements, and their Gardening among the Graves program continues to gain strength.