As temperatures heat up, you may be feeling inspired to spruce up your outdoor spaces, and a tour of some of Atlanta’s best gardens and homes is just what you need to get motivated.
From secret backyard spaces to opulently landscaped homes, you can take notes from some of the most unique and brilliant homes and gardens Atlantans have to offer.
Don’t miss these upcoming garden and home tours in Metro Atlanta:
When: April 20 through 22: Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lucky’s in Emory Village
Cost: $25 adv, $30 at the door
What to Expect: This tour includes six homes and six gardens that feature the work of master renovators and landscape designers. Pick up tickets at will call at Lucky’s in Emory Village and ride a trolley to each tour destination. Tickets are valid for all weekend, and the event is held rain or shine. Find where to park >
When: May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: East Cobb
Cost: $15 adv, $20 at the door
What to Expect: All located in East Cobb, this year’s tour lineup features four private gardens, the newly constructed Community Garden at Hyde Farm and the gardens at Murdock Elementary School. Visit the gardens in any order, and enjoy music, art, photography and food as you go. See a map of the tour >
When: May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 797 Springdale Road NE
Cost: $28 adv, $35 at the door
What to Expect: From tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban spaces, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour” showcases 10 spectacular private gardens. Tickets are valid for both days and can be purchased online to be mailed to visitors. If purchased after May 4, tickets can be picked up at will call or purchased with cash or check at any home on the day of the tour. If you wish to see only one garden on the map, single-location tickets can be purchased for $10 at the location you wish to see.
View a map of the tour >
When: May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Johns Creek
What to Expect: Tour eight private homes that have intriguing back yards in Johns Creek. See a peaceful sanctuary; a lush, inviting entertainment oasis, cascading waterfalls and even a yard that is certified as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat. Read more about the featured gardens >
When: May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Tucker
Cost: $15 adv, $20 at the door
What to Expect: This self guided tour keeps visitors close to the downtown Tucker area as they explore gardens ranging from a labor-of-love created by hard-working owners of ’60’s brick ranch house, to a showplace designed and maintained by a husband-and-wife landscaping team for their own home, to a glorious Japanese-inspired dreamworld of woods and water. Tickets are available at three local Tucker businesses.
When: May 19 and 20 from 12 to 5 p.m.
What to Expect: Held in conjunction with Kirkwood Spring Fling, this tour of homes takes you inside some of the unique neighborhood abodes. See the results of loving renovations and new additions, enjoy the tree-lined streets and home gardens, and get interior design ideas from classic to funky-chic. Tickets will be available online in late April and can be picked up at House #1 (2030 Delano Drive NE).
When: May 20 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Historic Midtown Garden District
What to Expect: This stroll is a self-guided tour, providing a rare opportunity to experience some of Midtown’s most impressive private gardens. Guests can expect to see formal gardens, casual gardens, backyard bee keeping, fountains, espalier, intricate brickwork, and inspiring ideas for beautiful, fully-functional family yards. Pick up a map on the day of the event at Garden Stroll Headquarters located at 771 Myrtle Street NE.