Six on Saturday: I’m Already Ready

This week I got an exciting email…………The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour tickets would be available in April………..This very popular tour has been postponed the last two years due to Covid. Usually, there have been nine distinct gardens to meander over the two days of Mother’s Day weekend.  I can hardly wait!

As I write this, we are due for our third snow of the winter.  In the South, where I live, we usually have no snow. As little as two inches, completely shuts everything down. But, you just wait out the weather, because the next day will likely be in the high 60’s. So, I’m pouring over my Atlanta garden photos dreaming of Spring!

My selection for today’s SOS, will be from one of the Atlanta Connoisseurs Gardens from 2019. I related to this garden, because like mine, it was mostly a forest! The owner designed the garden himself, and helped with the labor under his direction. He did not hire a professional landscaper to do the design or work. He told me that his wife kept buying more and more plants for the forested back yard and finally he was compelled to do something about it! My hubby has also felt the pressure to DO SOMETHING out there!

This garden, I called the “Woodland Retreat Garden” because that it what it was turned into, with a lot of work (and money) The backyards of this neighborhood had a rather large stream to deal with, so one of the first things he did, was add a smaller stream in his garden to drain into the larger one………….There was nothing, but scrub and trees when he started this project. Now look!

The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour

There are different paths, taking you in many directions in this garden…………

The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour

You cross the new creek several times!

The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour

This is the larger creek behind all the neighborhood homes……..   He has landscaped right down to it!

The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour

In addition, to all the lovey plantings, a good garden also has visual interest and height. This garden did not fail!

The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour
The Woodland Retreat Garden on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour

I hope you have enjoyed the six photos from this garden today! Are you looking forward to garden shows in your area? If you would like to see more photos from all of the nine gardens on this tour, look at the TAG section of the blog, and then  select Atlanta!

If you are new to Six On Saturday, the instructions are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you soon in the gardens! Cady

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    What a fabulous garden!

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  2. Wow, what a lovely garden. I’m sure the owner must find really peace here when walking around in something so amazing that he created. Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. A very lovely garden indeed.

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  4. maristravels says:

    What a lovely place to wander and what a lovely place to call your own. It looks wild and woody but I can see the work involved in both making it and keeping it looking this way.

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  5. Rosie Amber says:

    Thank you for the garden tour.

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  6. restlessjo says:

    It looks wonderful, Cady. There are very few garden shows here, but lots of Portugal’s beautiful buildings have an accompanying garden to admire.

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  7. Only six? Of, it’s SOS, but I could have lingered forever in this post, Cady. It inspires me to restore my own little secret woodland garden — although I’ve become too incapacitated for physical work. Fortunately, I do have a faithful garden guy whom I can employ in this project, so long as it’s before his mowing season beginning in May.

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    1. I am way, way, way too old to maintain a garden like this! But, I really enjoy visiting them! If I come away with one new idea I am happy! Cady

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  8. I didn’t know about this garden tour, but now I’m very interested. We live only about 3 hours away from Atlanta, and the gardens you have shown are stunning. Thanks for pretty photos and the enticement to see gardens up close and personal.

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    1. Oh, you should definitely try to go to this Garden Tour! They are different every year and absolutely fabulous in every way! No two gardens are the same and they are located in many different neighborhoods of Atlanta. We always tour both days and take our time, but I’m not sure we could have even toured all of them in one day! They send a map along with the tickets and we always start off with the furthest garden from where we are staying and then make our way back. We have stayed at different hotels every time to try different ones. Here is the site to get the tickets. Sign up so you are on their list to give you notification when the tickets go on sale! They sell out fast! http://www.atlantabg.org
      It is called the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour
      PS These tours are sponsored by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, you will want to go there too if you haven’t already!

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      1. So much great info!! I’m on it!!!

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    2. Here is the direct link for the tickets, but I would still get on their mailing list! https://atlantabg.org/events-exhibitions/gardens-for-connoisseurs-tour/

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      1. Thanks so much for this link!!!! I’m headed to the site later on today!

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  9. What a gorgeous garden! It is stunning, and he can be proud of all his hard work! I love it!

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  10. What an amazing garden and what an achievement creating it. Thank you for sharing

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