The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden, Croak!

The next garden on our tour I called the Woodland Retreat Garden. It was situated in a neighborhood, where you could actually see the neighbors’ houses, versus the last two gardens we explored! This also turned out to be the only garden, where we got to meet one of the owners (the worker bee) and learned more about their garden from him, rather than from the helpers from the garden club. This garden was designed by the she-owner and all the work was done by the he-owner. Kinda like the work detail at my cottage. I point, hubby plants. This couple have turned every bit of available space into a beautiful, relaxing, garden, mostly in shade. I am convinced the trend in Atlanta follows one rule, “one must have more than one seating/relaxing/entertaining area or a garden ain’t a garden!” Let’s not hold up the group behind us, we’ll go around to this side.

If this is not a delightful entrance to a garden, I do not know what is!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

As soon as we turned the corner we were on a winding path that curved and dipped and followed a creek bed. The hosta, the ferns, the grasses, the trees, oh my!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and lots of different sized frogs! Should we begin counting?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

The trail weaves this way and that………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

around the armillary sphere………I just learned what those things were called from a fellow blogger!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and the up close and personal photo of it.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

around some playful frogs……lots of water features in this garden, which just oozes relaxation………  I liked all the different shades of green. Here we see the blue-greens……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and closer to the fence the variegated greens lighted the area…….along with the trellis lighting in a turn of the path……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

This gives you a really good look at the design of the creek bed. There’s another frog! Do you see him?  Aren’t those hosta lushhhhhhhhhhhhhh! And, one of my favorite trees is here, the Scaley Birch.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

You can see how the path meanders throughout this garden and the various heights make it flow…….it made the garden feel much bigger than it probably is……

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

A resting spot…….how many dwarf mondo grasses are in this garden? Thousands, I imagine and hundreds of hosta!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and here is another bench in this section of the garden……..it goes on and on!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

And then we come to this sitting area! Is that moss in the planter on the table?  Yep…….moss balls!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

This setting is perfect………..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and so are the pieces of driftwood in with the mosses………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and in this section at the end of the garden was another retreat. The rocks, moss, greenery, wood sculptures and planters blend, to make this area very appealing…….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

more paths and stone stacked walls……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

Let’s just listen to the wind rustling in the trees……..as she plays……..on the imaginary harp strings.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

And, finally we get to see the natural creek bed of Nancy Creek that supplies the water for their man-made creek, that meanders through their property. Just go with the flow!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

This tree looks like a sequoia compared to the others………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

We’re getting close to the back of the house and garden now! I love their light in the center of the trellises that highlights another focal point in the garden! Very clever and the placement of the trellis focuses your eye on the entertaining area……

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

Isn’t this sculpture just the best here?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

as well as this one? EVERYTHING is carefully placed and thought out in this garden!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

I had to get up close and see the artichoke table display!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and the little replica of their garden on this table top….. It has the paths, rocks, trellises, flowers, planters and the Atlanta Botanical Garden Logo. I bet there is a frog as well, if I look closely!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

And this photo is to give you an idea of the paved path in the upper Woodland Garden.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and now were are going to see the “B”  Garden. Can you spot it?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

How about now? Not quite yet?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

I have to check her out first and the curly-cue trees…………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

OK, we can see the facing “B’s” better up here from the terrace garden!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and then take a gander at more seating areas overlooking the”B’s.”

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and this one………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

These lilies look lovely here!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

as well as this planter…….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

I have seen more than one trike in the garden too…………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and not to lose any space under the terrace, add another path to another garden area! I like that tiny green chair and table in that corner…….You have to study this garden and it takes a while……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

How about this little guy?

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and the lily display>

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

and these hosta just pop!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

Here we are in another garden tableau!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

The little ducks are leading us out of the garden, for now, so we’ll say goodbye!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Woodland Retreat Garden

Was’t this garden just the best? We are seeing so many beautiful gardens on the garden tour! What will we see next? Be sure to look HERE to see all the events that the Atlanta Botanical Garden host! We’ll see you in the garden!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    What an amazing garden, a real labour of love. I noticed that their hostas were slug-free. How did they achieve that? Loved all the ornaments, statues, driftwood and planters.

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  2. Sheree, this garden and one other were my favorites of all nine gardens (more to come) We don’t have slugs in our gardens. I think it might be too hot and too dry for them. Deer are my hosta eating culprits!

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  3. I forgot to comment on this post yesterday. I LOVE this particular shade garden and can I can imagine myself sitting, prayerfully, in one of the wrought iron seats in your opening photograph — unless it’s still wet from an early morning shower! And those huge ferns in other areas! I had forgotten how large inground Boston or sword ferns can grow in the Deep South humidity. Not out here in Central Washington.

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