A Breathtaking Garden From The “Gardens for Connoisseurs” Tour

This year on Mother’s Day weekend, a friend and I went on a garden tour that we’ve been going on together for years: the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s, Gardens for Connoisseurs tour. It’s always an amazing tour with around 12 gardens and some are absolutely spectacular!

During all the years I’ve been attending this tour, I’ve been through some absolutely amazing gardens, some belonging to folks whose names you would recognize. I wasn’t blogging back then so didn’t usually take pictures, but one garden I did take pics of and posted here at BNOTP was that of Arthur Blank, one of the founders of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons. (Take the tour here: Arthur Blank’s Garden)

There were so many amazing gardens on the tour this past year…so many! I took a gazillion pics of the garden I’m sharing today and managed to cull it down to the ones I’ve included in today’s post. That was no easy job because this garden is huge, covering 5 acres, and every inch of it is gorgeous!

The one thing I didn’t do was get a great shot of the front of the house, but as you can see in the one photo I did take, it’s beautiful!


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Almost immediately we came across a long meandering stream with numerous waterfalls. The stream went on for a long, long way, running downhill through much of the property.  It was really wonderful to see and hear! This property was so large, you could go on a nice meandering, thirty-minute walk every day through one stunning garden area after another, and never leave your property.

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I love this view looking back up at the house.

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There were several ponds and all were lovely with beautiful views.

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There was also a greenhouse. It was mostly empty but did contain a few plantings.

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A greenhouse, a beautiful birdhouse, an arbor and white picket fence covered in roses…is this not a dream?!

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The entrance to the greenhouse…

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There was also a large rose garden. Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up each morning and hike down to the rose garden to see what new flowers had opened up overnight. With a garden this size, you could have a fresh bouquet of roses in your home all summer long!

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We meandered all throughout the property and eventually wound up headed back toward the home.

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Would love to see the inside of this beautiful home. I bet it’s just as wonderful inside as it is out.

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I think these are Delphinium, does it look like that to you?  I love these and I love Hollyhocks. I have tried to grow them in my yard, but they never come back.

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Another view of the home…

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A gorgeous container garden…love the container as much as the garden that’s in it!

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A lovely place to have lunch or read while spending the day in the pool.

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More beautiful climbing roses…

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Just as we were about to leave, we came across this beautiful garden room.

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I loved all the different porches and spots there were for sitting and enjoying all the beauty of the gardens.

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Imagine having roses over your garage, cascading down between each door!  Do you see the little rose petals on the ground? I could deal with being showered in rose petals as I come and go in my car each day. How about you? πŸ™‚

Climbing Roses Over Garage


Hope you enjoyed this garden tour and it left you inspired to take on a project in your garden this weekend. πŸ™‚

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  1. How large was this property?

  2. Wow……love it!! I adore gardens with nooks and crannies everywhere. Susan, you just have to find a way to get into that house for us to view. If you are caught…don’t mention our names!!! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for subscribing to my lookey-loo habit!!! πŸ™‚

    • lol Yeah, I can see it now: “Local Blogger arrested for scaling fence and breaking into home to take photos after home appeared in a local garden tour. When questioned Blogger stated she couldn’t help herself!” πŸ˜‰

  3. Thanks for taking and sharing the garden tour, Susan. So many interesting nooks and crannies, as someone above said. I’ve “retaken” your tour more than once today! Your photography–love the compositions. I think I will bookmark for a future cold rainy/snowy day.

  4. That was wonderful!! What an enchanting afternoon you enjoyed!! franki

  5. How many gardeners do you suppose this garden requires? I need to know if I win the lottery. You will find me at the gazebo having morning coffee. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness, Susan this is gorgeous, breathtaking, and inspiring! I have always been a sucker for ivy covered anything! And all the roses *sigh*, babbling brooks *more sighs*…heaven. Um, those definitely look like delphiniums. I just bought some bluish-lavender ones only to find when I googled them, that my little microcosm of heavy heat, torturous sun and humidity is definitely not their fave environment. So, I potted them up on my porch where I can control how much sun and exposure they get. We’ll see how that experiment works. But those in the picture looks like they get plenty of sun and are doing well. Hmmm, maybe they’re a variety developed for the South? I’ve always loved the looks of hollyhocks too (cottage garden and all)but their biennial habits kinda scare me. Who wants to wait two years for them to bloom? I’m too impatient. Bad habit for a gardener wannabe, I know. : (

    • Denise, maybe that’s it…why my attempts have failed and they never come back. We have lots of heat and humidity! I haven’t tried to grow them in many years now since my failed attempt, maybe they’ve come out with a variety that can take the heat/humidity better now. I need to look into that. When I bought my Dharuma hydrangea recently, they told me at the nursery that all the hydrangeas that take full sun are white. So maybe the Delphinium in this garden is a white variety that does well in a southern garden. I love the bluish lavender ones like you have! I know what you mean, I love, love, love Foxgloves and they are biennial, too. But what is supposed to happen is they reseed and so you always have some blooming. It never seems to work that way when I plant them, I think the more aggressive plants choke them out. Maybe I should just do a whole bed of them…I’ve seen that on tours before. Ummm, you have me thinking…which is always dangerous. lol

  7. Thank you for the Garden tour. My sister’s and I go an a local garden tour every year. It is so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Just beautiful. I’m like Ms. Lemon above, though. After the second photo all I could think of was the work it must take to keep that property looking good. No doubt, it’s a crew, and not just a couple times a year, quarter or month. I would bet more than once weekly. $$$$$ Still, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Linda Page says

    Oh my goodness gracious!!! This house and gardens are beautiful. OK, I am just gonna have to come visit you and see this one for real! Your photos are magnificent and beautiful. I love the girl statue with the waterfall urns. I think that is one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen. I love the house and how it is covered in what looks like ivy. Is it ivy or could it be Virginia Creeper or something like that. I thought ivy was destructive because the vine puts out little runners that can burrow into the cement and cause damage. I would love to have ivy on my house but have been afraid to do it. Thanks so much for taking us on these wonderful tours. You brighten my day every day!

  10. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, that garage reminds me a bit of mine, sans the roses. What a beautiful display. I wonder just how they did it. I’ll have to enlarge the photo and look for tell tale signs. Not sure I could convince hubby it would be worthwhile, but I sure do love it.

    And remember, when you get arrested in the line of duty, we’ll bail you out. πŸ˜‰

  11. Oh. My. GOSH. I don’t even know what to say. Breathtaking….spectacular…..beyond dreams……oh my gosh if only I could……………….whew.

  12. bonnie schulte says

    In my dreams…..lovely…

  13. This was such a wonderful journey, I love flower gardens. Surprises around each bend. I’m afraid I would look like a nut…mouth wide open, and gasping at all the beauty. thank you so much for sharing with us.

  14. Kay Brodine says

    So gorgeous!! Love all the climbing roses. My favorite. Thank you for capturing all the beautiful homes that you visit. Would love to see them in person myself. I have toured many Victorian homes in Galveston, Texas. Again, thanks.

  15. Elaine in Laguna says

    Susan, This is so beautiful! Lucky you to experience it in person! I loved the girl with urns fountain and the roses spilling over the white picket fence. Many of the garden tours here are on Fridays but I managed to catch a rare Saturday tour recently. (I’m still in the workforce.) I plan to do more tours in a few years when I retire!

  16. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA says

    Normally I can’t envision myself living in a grand home, but I can in this one. It’s so serene, so tasteful, so beautiful. The pool is a perfect size and I love the water features. I have to have some element of water around, even if it’s a fountain. This took my breath away, thank you, Susan.

  17. So serene!

  18. So on this cold, gray, drizzly day, I searched your site for garden tour and chose this one. Something about that last photo grabbed my attention. Maybe because it’s atypical for a garden shot? Or because the roses have no competition and take center stage? But I stopped, and can just about smell the roses (get it?). So thanks for taking that last picture especially. Oh and just very quickly scanned the comments and saw mine. Said I would revisit on a future cold rainy day. Too funny!

    • Mia, I can’t wait until the outside looks like this again! One nice thing about winter is without it, we wouldn’t have the fun of anticipating all this beauty again! πŸ™‚ Glad you found this post again, Mia.

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