The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

This garden was once a wild and untamed forest. The home and garden were designed by Philip Shutze. Who is he, you ask? Born in Georgia and educated in Georgia, Shutze spent a few years in Europe designing great villas before returning to Atlanta to become one of America’s finest classical architects and for over 40 years designed some of Atlanta’s most elegant homes and buildings. Many of his homes are featured on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. We will be touring one of his most famous houses in Atlanta, so be sure to follow up with that post coming soon! But, today we are walking through this lovely secluded garden on the property of another stately home! This setting is a private park for the family! Isn’t the oak leaf hydrangea huge? Let’s walk down that way!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

The owner of this fabulous garden had the most unique plant markers, I’ve seen to date. She photographed the plant or tree or shrub in bloom and then posted the photo by the particular specimen, so you could see how it looked in full bloom! So, in bloom now or not, we knew what they looked like!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

The trees have been here for many, many years……compare it to the man in size. The top of the tree is not even in the photo!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

Here you get the feel of the paths through the woods.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

There were also several ponds……….with lush ferns, huge hosta and very tall grasses.

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

I love the color combination of the plants here……….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

There were places to sit and watch the world go by………

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

and woodland faces to look for……

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

and small retreat spaces……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back
The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

There were several different paths to follow……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

And then through the arbor, we came to the open spaces……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

where we could measure the rain……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

and look at these beauties in bloom……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

In 2013, there was a devastating fire on this estate. The garden was moved back 15 feet, and took over the field where the cow pasture had been! Now, I think this is the dog park for the family, wouldn’t you agree?  215 plants were moved to the back of the garden……..while the burnt section of the garden tried to recover……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

Now, you would never know there had been a fire here!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

A beautiful fountain rests where the fire started………….

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

and you can look out to the back of the garden and see it has filled in nicely!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

This is one of my favorite spots in this garden……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

as is this setting……..

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

Well, it’s time to move on, but we don’t have to go far to the next garden……….it’s right next door! We’ll meet you there!

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Really enjoying your garden tours.

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    1. Thank you Sheree! It is one of my favorite things to do!

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      1. Sheree says:

        We recently visited a lovely garden in Germany and the post will appear soon.

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      2. I’ll be sure to look for it!

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  2. As a lush shade garden, this one is just right. I especially like the pond scene (the first view) and the curved bed edging in the top photo. The owner’s house reminds me very much of a neighbor’s antebellum-style house where I grew up, built c. 1920s, I think. They used to smoke their own hams with a sweet, succulent aroma wafting through the pine trees.

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    1. Let me tell you all these gardens had the homes to go with them! They were EXPENSIVE! This was probably one of the oldest and the most historic as far as the design of the house. If this house is 1/10 of the mansion that was designed and built by Phillip Shutze, that we toured, it is AWESOME!

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  3. Wow ~ my computer blipped, and your full post came up with ALL the photographs! I like all the pond scenes, on this second viewing. And it’s only the porte cochere area of the house that resembles the neighbor’s house.

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  4. I am sorry I have had soooooooooooo many photos in these garden posts………..but the gardens are sooooooooooo beautiful it is hard to pick just a few and get the feel of the garden……..

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