The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Zen Wildlife Garden

This is the second garden we visited on the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Connoisseur’s Tour.”  I named it the Zen Wildlife Garden because you could hear the meditational music as soon as you got out of the car! The owners of this garden have been making additions to their gardens for over 25 years.  This is another garden set in the woodlands and even though it is in a large neighborhood setting, this garden is well over three acres! Let’s go in and see how they designed and planted it!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

This garden is designed in many layers. We’ll start at the pool and entertainment level. I soon realized I could spend a lot of time here because there was so much to see. Those folks in this picture are helpers, who are here to answer any questions you might have about the gardens. I wanted to look first and ask questions later………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

There were plenty of seating areas around the pool and several fountains, which added to the zen-like feel of the garden. It was very restful………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

There was a plant or ornament tucked in everywhere! So, I looked this way……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and that………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and this way……getting into the vibes of the music.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

There was even a little pagoda-style theme to the fountain at the end of the pool.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

I really liked the plants in the fountain….., especially that sedum-like plant in bright green. I did not know it would grow in the water like that. I have mine in the ground.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

The gardener was kind enough to label some of the plants here……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

I’m not sure what this plant is either, but it is very interesting! What does that label say? It’s a euphorbia! Stunning!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens:: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Here is a photo of the solarium, from this angle. It is one of the newest additions………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

There were many places to just relax……..and here are some of those speakers, simply breathing the zen music…….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

This gardener knows how to use large pots in her garden……..they were everywhere!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

This she-shed was at the long end of the pool area. I could see hot yoga being offered there! And don’t forget to ring your chime when you come out!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Now, how about this for an old pump/fountain tap?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

We’ve got the crane and bath and flowing fronds…………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Let’s head up the path and see what is up here……….it looks like a mini Stonehenge………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Definitely meant for meditation and mindfulness, I think. There is music up here too……coming from the trees…………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

It goes up and up………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

We passed the fairy garden ………….overlooked by an angel……….. we might need bread crumbs on this trail……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

passed the roses……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and looked back over our shoulders at the solarium from up here…… watch out for the bird chime!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

walking on, passed another raised bed…….  Is that fennel, or some exotic plant? I can’t see the tag!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and looking down at the pool area….. again. I don’t think I would ever get tired of this!   This view shows off all the hosta, ferns, grasses and the creek bed, doesn’t it? Just nature, water, wind chimes and zen here!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and a look this way……gives you an idea of the layout of the gardens.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

we’re going up higher……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

What do we have here? The tennis and basketball courts! What is that structure behind?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

The Chicken House! It’s too big to be a coop! I guess the meditation stops here and now we can be physical or economical……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Love the rooster door! It’s perfect…….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

And every tennis court needs a climbing rose……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

I think we’ve walked all the three plus acres…….. We can get a glimpse of the neighbor’s yard through here…..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Walking back down a different path we can rest at the gazebo,

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and study this piece…..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

When we get close to the bottom we can see that we are in another section of the garden. I’d call this the dance area. We’ve already got the music knowhow.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and look over in that corner……Is that a path to yet another garden? So far, the Chateau Garden and this Zen Wildlife Garden have been so big I need to hoof it, if I want to see all the gardens on the tour.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

I’ll just look back one more time!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and examine this sweet birdhouse……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

and check this little fellow out, as I say goodbye!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens: The Zen Wildlife Garden

Wow, what wonderful gardens we are seeing! I am sure with all the tranquil water features and soft restful music and the clucking of the chickens and the birds singing how happy they are, this is a great place to live! But, we must move on to the next garden! See you there!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Another fabulous garden! Thanks to all your lovely photos, I felt as if I were walking with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Interesting accents for the garden, such as the dove figure in the final frame and the chicken metallic sculpture on the chicken house screen door, give me ideas to borrow for my garden areas. And more doors!

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