The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The French Chateau Garden

This is the first garden in a series of nine that we visited for the Connoisseurs Tour, sponsored by the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  We came to Atlanta just to see the Botanical Garden and to go on the Connoisseur Tour. This is just one event sponsored every year, there are many, many, more. To see what is being offered in the Atlanta Botanical Garden year round, look HERE. I wish I lived closer to Atlanta, because I would be an avid participant in all their great garden events! Not knowing what to expect from this tour we were in for quite a pleasant surprise. We quickly found out there were lots of people on this two-day tour. There were Atlanta police to direct the traffic and aid in parking at each home. For our first stop we chose the French Chateau, (that is the name I gave to this  first garden) We could visit the different gardens in any order we chose and since we were not familiar with Atlanta streets or neighborhoods we chose the garden that was the farthest away from our hotel, for our first one. After that we went to the closest garden on the map, nearest where we currently were. I must also say, it was a very enjoyable way to see the MANY neighborhoods of Atlanta and the surrounding vicinity. My what a beautiful city Atlanta is!

At our first stop we parked behind the line of cars that were already parked along the street. This was our first hint as to just how many folks were here to tour the garden. Once you were on the right street and saw the cars parked/squeezed head to tail, you knew you were close to a garden! Our parking spot was well over a  mile away from our first garden! Yikes! When we got to the address it was another hike down the perfectly graveled lane to the chateau. You could not see the chateau from the road. So, when they say wear comfortable shoes they mean it! It was worth every step of the way to get back to that home and garden as you will see from my photos. I would say that this first garden is a Landscapers delight and a garden meant for entertaining! Nestled in the deep woods of Atlanta is our first stop!

See you down the path! This was the entrance gate! Isn’t that gravel perfect? Not a dip to be had!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

The first garden area that we entered at the chateau was a garden behind a stone wall that was covered in ivy. It also had the very first seating area!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Come right on in!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Just the kind of tranquil retreat area that anyone would love! (I called it the Serenity garden)….. Notice the blue on the garden seat? That color was carried through out the garden and was also the trim color of the chateau too. Perfect!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

This was the opposite side and the path to another garden……………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

The paving stone and rock design in this serenity garden was awesome………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

One of the first entertaining areas, just a hint of what was to come. Simply, elegance everywhere!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

I loved the stone on the chateau, the table and the paving, where the grass was just allowed to peek through!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

That entertaining area led to another entertaining area, also just beyond the chateau! As you can see from the photo that area leads to another entertaining area, but first I had to peek over the edge to look at the view of the backyard…..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Oh, Wow! More stone, more giant pots of plants, more ivy and my favorite, those black cannon balls! OK, I’m coming! Now, back along the chateau entertaining area, I don’t want to miss out on anything!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Well, I did have to take another angle of that pool area! Is that a windmill back there?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Alright, if the first two entertaining areas were not sufficient, this one would be. This covered area was complete with eating area, sitting area, fireplace and TV. Just let me stay here!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

And this was the view from that spot! The Croquet Lawn perfectly edged in boxwood…………that led to other paths and gardens……

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

The boxwood Parterre Garden……..from this view…….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and this view………    Doesn’t it look like every tree and shrub is perfectly placed? They are.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Walking below that garden on a path to another garden, I liked the way the stone wall was designed with an opening to put stuff……..like pots and plants that needed additional care for now.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Here is the opposite end of the Parterre Garden……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Here we are at the Windmill Garden (I named all these gardens within a garden, a separate name! There were so many to keep track of!) The overstuffed stone planter was perfect here, don’t you think?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Here is the other side of the Windmill………..another entertaining area! This one has an espalier……..and lovely climbing roses….and more stone pots! The garden settee is fashioned in intertwining branch work.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Let’s get a look down on the glasshouse from the windmill level………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and then from the front……..which offered another seating area…….this one with the fire pit.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

The next garden was the Vineyard………as you can tell this garden is multi-tiered and multi-gardened, but all the gardens flow into each other and are perfect for this setting.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

with the Zebra Relaxing Station……in the mist of the Vineyard……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and from another angle……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and peeking through the vineyard……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and yet another area of the gardens!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

They were mindful of the birds in the woods, as well……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

and last, but not least, a long narrow flower garden along the second driveway……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

looking beautiful……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The French Chateau

Well this is stop number one! I can’t wait to see what they are all like! As I got over the shock of such opulence I began to ask more questions of the garden hosts that were stationed throughout the various gardens. What a variety of garden designs, we are about to see! The Atlanta Botanical Garden did good! See you in the next garden!

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  1. Sheree says:

    What an immaculate and beautiful garden attached to some serious property porn. If the gardens are all like this we’re in for a treat. Thanks for the fabulous photos.

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    1. Oh, yeah we were impressed! All the gardens were very different and had their own style.

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  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a glorious garden, so immaculately maintained. I wonder if Atlanta has quite a mild climate. Nothing looks dried out. But then, I guess there’s plenty of water put on that garden!

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    1. Atlanta has the climate that we do, hot and humid summers and very mild winters, if any. We all have to have the shade to keep our utility bills from being sky high! Atlanta is definitely keeping their trees! I don’t think this family had any woes with utility bills or water……..We were amazed at the wealth of Atlanta! There were neighborhoods and more neighborhoods of fine homes!

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  3. Mala Burt says:

    How many gardeners work there full time, do you suppose?

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    1. They had the team from a landscaping company! More on all that as the Connoisseur Tour progresses!

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  4. Joni says:

    It looks gorgeous…..and also peaceful and serene.

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  5. I was thrilled (really!) to see pine straw used as mulch, just as when I grew up in the Deep South. People out here in Washington state think I’m nuts when I mulch my gardens with pine straw.

    The first picture of an armillary reminds me it’s well nigh time I repaint mine, especially in that grey-verdigris color.

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    1. Oh, we have big pine straw discussions in our neighborhood! My hubby hates it and will not have it near the house! He says it attracts crickets and they get in the walls of the house and keep him awake! Now I’m rolling my eyes!

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    2. PS, I had to look up armillary and look back at my photo to see what that could possibly be! I learned something! I like that color too. They had it on parts of the chateau as well, and it looked good!

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  6. Sherry Felix says:

    A charming place. Love to visit it someday.

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    1. Oh Sherry, I need to win the lottery! I’d love a teeny, tiny, cottage there with a girl’s garden!

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