The basics are as follows: The artful garden tour is sponsored by the High Museum of Art and Art Partners each year. About 500 to 1500 people tour some of the finest gardens in all of the Atlanta area. I've participated in this event for the past 4 years and have always enjoyed the experience. The tour will take place in 6 different gardens this year in the north west side of the city. Most of the properties are large in scale and will afford each artist ample opportunities to show their work.
SCULPTORS / CERAMIC ARTISTS and OTHERS
The work displayed will be in the nature of sculpture, pottery and other 3 dimensional work that would be safe placing outside in the environment. Installation for the work can take place the morning of, or several days before the event and each artist will arrange time to un -install their work with the gardens owner. Once assigned to a specific garden I will be happy to give each artist contact information for the owners so they can arrange a time to view the site, or make arrangements to install their work. Please look over the following information and view the provided photos to get an idea of the types of locations available. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions. I'll be happy to assist you! You will be provided tickets to go on the tour and I'd encourage you to do so.
Please contact me and I'll be happy to assign you a garden. I'm trying to place at least 3 and up to 6 painters at each location. You should arrive about 9am if your painting in the morning or around 1pm if your painting in the afternoon. The event last from 10am till 5pm rain or shine! So please plan your day accordingly. You could paint all day if you wish or take the tour and just paint half a day. If you have a preference please let me know and I'll schedule you where and when you wish as best I can. This is a great opportunity to meet the art loving public, so bring up to four of your finished and framed works and lots of cards and promotional materials. For those of you who have participated before I feel this will be the best year yet as the gardens are fabulous and you'll be given the opportunity to get around and see the gardens and meet some of the other participating artists.
Locations: There are six wonderful locations on this tour, please see the attached brochure for a map and garden description!
1. The Garden of Dr. Joel and Toni Adler
2677 Ridge Valley Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
There is something blooming year-round in this appealing garden, which features remarkable outdoor sculptures and rare plantings throughout. The charming patio with pergola outside the rear door is the perfect setting for viewing the beautiful fountain and the small reflecting pool. Here visitors are also greeted by Art the scarecrow, who oversees the large fenced vegetable and herb garden. The lush lawn area is circled by abundant woodland plants such as hellebore,
hosta, and fragrant Daphne. A casual pathway leads along perennial beds to the back of the garden and a large, white marble contemporary sculpture. The rear garden also features charming trellises, arbors, and flowering containers. Not to be missed is the whimsical sculpture garden in the front of the home, where a giant wind chime hangs over the large central winter hazel plant.
2. The Garden of Edward and Claudia Leinss
2649 West Wesley Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
This garden is making its debut on this year’s tour. Alec Michaelides of Land Plus and Cla Allgood of Allgood Outdoors collaborated on this spectacular hardscape design that incorporates a terraced back yard employing a variety of stone patios, stairs, and walkways, and three waterfalls fed by more than 150 feet of flowing water. Marcia Weber of Gardens to Love was instrumental in selecting the plantings to enhance the architectural design. Numerous azaleas,
japonica, and rhododendrons and the sound of trickling water greet visitors to this expansive garden throughout which large planters and fabulous sculptures can be found. This peaceful setting can be best enjoyed from a bench placed midway along the gentle pathway to the top. A romantic, screened summer house occupies one of the top terraces, and a playground and basketball court can be found at the very top of the property. The large stone patio outside the back door is perfect for cocktails or brunch, while the large patio near the top of the property is an ideal spot for family cookouts. The latter space is the only garden element remaining from the original home and includes a large outdoor fireplace and grill.
3. The Garden of John and Marty Gillin
4645 Harris Trail
Atlanta, GA 30327
These homeowners and designer Dan Cleveland have created a special “mountain retreat within the city” using native woodland plants, water features, wooden structures, and secluded spaces. A charming ivy garland draped across the brick wall and an elegant driveway created by Randall White of RTW Concrete greet visitors to the front of this French-style home. At the left rear corner of the home, a small parterre garden with a honeycomb boxwood maze creates a serene, private spot for guests. The central feature of the garden is a fabulous stone waterfall cascading from twenty-five feet above the expansive flagstone patio, just outside the sunroom. A large Japanese maple provides a natural canopy for dining. Rustic black-locust handrails, made by Buzz Stone of The Rustic Garden, lead visitors safely up the curving, moss-covered, stone trail to the top of the waterfall. A thoughtfully located bench provides the perfect spot for the homeowners to escape from city life and enjoy the wildlife and serenity of the upper garden. To the right side of the home, intricate wrought iron gates open toward the guest house and into another formal boxwood garden. The impressive arbor flanked by tall birch trees is just the spot to stop and admire the large urns exploding with trailing roses.
4. The Garden of Robin and Marc Pollack
5225 Long Island Drive
Atlanta, GA 30327
This expansive property covers three acres of natural topography and sits on a sixty-foot-deep private lake. Follow the eight different paths through the orchard, woodlands, vineyard, and terraced gardens and discover many delightful garden features. The orchard produces figs, apples, and pears in the summer. Primitive constructions made from trees cleared from the property create inviting outdoor rooms; bridges, paths, and old stone walls form an outdoor amphitheatre along the dry creek bed. Camellias and Japanese maples add to the Zen feeling of the koi pond created by Atlanta Water Gardens that is nestled in the center of the home. The outdoor sculpture garden contains many ceramic pieces created by the homeowner, a local artist and instructor, along with a brightly painted steel bench, a birdbath sculpture, a butterfly house, and a primitive scalemodel birdhouse of the home. A fifty-year-old grapevine swing and masses of white azaleas await the casual stroller in the vineyard. Rustic seating overlooks the lake and a mature ginko tree. Situated on the lake are a charming boathouse and a bird estuary that attracts many local species. A lakefed irrigation system is used throughout the property.
5. Garden of Ryan and Debbie Lieberman
3897 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30327
Behind their 1948 stucco home, the Liebermans and David McMullen of New Moon Gardens have created the ultimate playful garden, with a spot perfect for any season and any time of day. Never before on tour to the public, this exciting contemporary design incorporates flowering trees, masses of hydrangeas, and fatsia japonica along with interesting garden structures that maximize the flexibility and use of the space. Visitors to the home are greeted with an expanse of white hydrangeas. In the back of the home, a contemporary square firepit on the pea gravel patio provides a perfect vantage point for the entire garden space and provides an inviting setting for gatherings on chilly mornings and evenings. The side deck features a large year-round container garden overflowing with ferns and vines. The steps from the deck and patio lead down to a lush lawn and back up to a terraced garden, which includes a charming pergola, ideal for outdoor dining. On the right side of the property, an architecturally distinctive wooden bridge connects the patio with the back pergola and creates the support for swings constructed under the bridge. A pea gravel surface provides for soft landings in the children’s play area.
6. The Garden of William and Jean Astrop
205 Blackland Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
The 1938 English Regency home of the Astrops was designed by Philip Trammell Shutze, renowned classical architect who also designed the Swan House. These spectacular grounds have evolved over the years without a master plan.
The wandering trails, exceptional gardens, and structures came about as a result of footpaths linking neighboring homes, acts of nature, imaginative landscaping solutions, and inspired homeowners and their guests. Today the grounds include original plantings of large English boxwoods in the front of the home; a formal rear garden with a lovely urn fountain, designed by Charles Jones of Monroe Landscaping; and a small formal garden with a birdbath, designed by Ray Padgett around large lion-head urns as well as a charming garden house.
The vast lawn area in the rear provides room for fun and games or just strolling. One of the most spectacular elements is the abundant use of hydrangeas—185 are used throughout the garden. Masses of rhododendrons and azaleas, hostas, irises, tall magnolias, and colorful annual plantings complete the scene. This garden has a 6,000-gallon rainwater holding tank covered with a stamped concrete patio and arbor. The tank is part of an efficient water system designed and built by Ray Padgett and crew. Rainwater flows from gutters to the underground holding tank; from there it is recycled into the pond over multiple small waterfalls and under a bridge. The refreshed water finally enters drip lines for irrigating the garden area.