Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour:
Every year during Mother’s Day weekend, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens hosts the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. What a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day! Last year I went with my mom and some friends on this incredible tour of 10 private gardens. This year my mom came earlier in the year to visit so I went on the tour alone. However, I knew I would be able to share my experience with her through my photos, so I was with her in spirit. You can pay to visit one garden or visit all 10 in the order that works for you. So, I strolled through these lush and serene gardens this past weekend along with many other garden enthusiasts – and many Mothers.
On the garden tour expect to see an array of exquisite flowers including- roses, rhododendrons, magnolias, hydrangeas, foxgloves, water lilies, and delphiniums to name a few.
Many of the homes had inviting pools and splendid entertaining areas. Several of us on the tour were entranced with the backyard at this home and lingered awhile in the lush oasis. Gardeners are a friendly bunch, and like to ooh and ahh over the beauty of a place together.
The gardens were alive with interesting and unique features including ornamental greenhouses, tranquil labyrinths, imaginative fairy gardens, colorful and textured wreaths, and memorable ornaments and statues.
Many of the gardens showed an alluring variety of shades of green and texture with ferns, hostas, hydrangeas and other shade loving plants.
I love paths and the symbolism they have. “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau. Walking these elegant paths through charming gardens on Mother’s Day – what a pleasant way to experience love and reverence.
The owner of this garden told me the story about the whimsical artwork on this garden shed. He painted the door as a gift to his partner…. I will give you the sun and the moon and the stars and will love you forever.
This lovely garden had a colorful potting shed, captivating treehouse, tranquil labyrinth, and graceful waterfall. A few of us walked the labyrinth which can be used for meditation and calming your body and mind. Walking the meandering path takes much longer than you would expect, and I can see how it can sooth the mind.
I love the country and animals so my favorite garden was the 8 acre equestrian estate. The ornamental farm included an old wagon, lovely barn, friendly pot belly pig, incredible chicken coop filled with unique chickens and a lively rooster, an adorable miniature horse, and magnificent flowers and statues.
I will mention that parking can sometimes be an issue. There are police at each home to help direct you, so a bit of patience is required. Also, since Atlanta can be so hilly, you do need stamina to navigate some of the gardens.
If you enjoy gardens and homes, the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour is a must do. Exploring the gardens with your Mother, friends or alone, is an inspired way to celebrate Mother’s Day. It is so generous of the owners of these sensational homes and gardens to share them with the public.
If you are feeling artsy and adventurous changing the colors in your photos can be quite fun. When my son showed me the music video by Russ called What They Want, I thought it was so cool the way they changed the colors and just had to try it. In the video almost everything is brown – his shirt, a cabin, the tree trunks and the pine straw, but they have used a filter to change the green leaves on the trees to pink and red. It just memorizes me – I love that look! So to change the color of the plant below I just added a hue/saturation layer in Photoshop and changed the hue for some dazzling effects. The first is the real color. Which do you like the best?