Six On Saturday: It’s All About the Pink

In the beginning there was green…………it’s the hibiscus……..named “Berry Awesome”………. Then a giant bud of pink came on the scene…….. pink, pink and more pink, ok and a touch of yellow……… Pink Makes the World Go Round Sometimes you just need a blush of pink……….. like on my “Café au Lait” dahlia………. And sometimes you…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: The Hilltop Garden

It’s our last garden of the day and I hope I can make it up to this hilltop retreat! We have toured six gardens……have you been counting? I didn’t realize how hilly Atlanta would be and many of these gardens have been up, down and around, many acres! But, I’m taking a deep breath, now…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: Let’s Grill!

This home featured the quiet elegance of a garden…….I could just imagine coming home from a long, long, long, day at work and wanting nothing more than the quiet, stillness of this garden. And hand me a beer or glass of wine, please! Let’s go up the drive and see my smile as I turn…

Six On Saturday: My Favorite Things in a Garden

I had a wonderful time visiting the gardens in Atlanta, Georgia! Today, I would like to show some of my favorite things (from this trip) that I think makes a garden……….. A fence with a gate…..rust gives it charm………….the older the better…… A stone design for a walkway or patio……. A tree trained to be…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: The White Garden

Another day and another garden to visit! We are seeing so many beautiful gardens in this year’s Atlanta Connoisseur Tour! This garden I named the White Garden and as we will see I think the name fits………I love white in the garden and I like garden rooms and this garden had both, so let’s go…

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…

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…

Thursday Doors in the Gardens of Atlanta

I realized this week, I’ve been neglecting my DOORS! We recently went to Atlanta, Georgia, expressly to take in the Botanical Gardens and attend the Connoisseurs Tour of Gardens. Well, as I was looking over the nine gardens we went through, I saw some doors! So, here we go, I present the “The Garden Doors…

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…

Oakland Cemetery: Life Goes On

Now, let’s see, where did we finish up….. We were in Oakland in the evening for the “Illumine.” See HERE for that adventure in case you missed it! We had such a good time and learned so much! The gardens were extraordinary and there were so many interesting architectural pieces, that we signed up for…

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia: A Victorian Garden

When we decided to go to Atlanta to explore gardens, Oakland Cemetery came up on the radar as 48 acres of garden splendor.  Hmm…… I was not so sure of this, but we decided to investigate.  Oakland Cemetery is named on the National Register of Historic Places, which made it very interesting for us, with…

Did Someone Say Orchids?

Today we are back in the Atlanta Botanical Garden to finish up my photos of the orchids in the Faqua Conservatory! I have never seen such a beautiful collection of exotics in one place! Check out the website for the Atlanta Botanical Garden HERE! There are many classes and events during the year starting with…

The Atlanta Botanical Garden: On to the Orchids!

We have been enjoying the Atlanta Botanical Garden and today’s tour is through the Orchid Conservatory, the largest in the United States! Now, I have to admit I know nothing about orchids…….and my experience with them stops at the counter to glance at the tiny, irrelevant groupings to be found at the grocery store……not to…

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens: There’s More to This Garden

Summer is the time to explore and the garden, any garden, is one of my favorite summer pastimes. We have spent a week in Atlanta and there is much to be explored of interest to the gardener! Our first stop before we had even checked into the hotel was the Botanical Garden. The Atlanta Botanical…