Secret Gardens of Johns Creek

Descriptions of the Gardens You'll See on May 4, 2019


Home Garden #1

Step into a Chartwell community family friendly back yard garden for kids of all ages. Developed and maintained by the homeowner, this yard consists of four unique sitting and play-areas scattered across three wonderful terraces.  From the vine-covered arbor porch and the “nestled in the woods” seating combination on the upper level, to the large stone patio-arbor on the mid-level, you will be enchanted by the creative use of space.  The lower level accommodates another sitting area overlooking yet another kid’s play area! Each terrace contains a wide variety of perennials mixed with colorful seasonal plants and lots of planters.  Come and enjoy a family-oriented, back yard garden!

Home Garden #2

Over the last 22 years, this backyard garden in the Chartwell community has evolved from a sunny landscape into one dominated by moderate to light shade.  Steps from the driveway, a rose arbor welcomes one into the backyard garden which features year-round color from perennials, annuals, and a host of flowering shrubs.  A small hillside still enjoys sufficient sunshine to support a small vegetable garden, herbs, and sun-loving plants.  Special elements in this garden include a waterfall and Koi pond, a moss lawn, Japanese lanterns, and a birdhouse attached to the stump of a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar reminiscent of the “Giving Tree.”  This National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat offers several places to rest and enjoy the terraced vistas and bird activity.

Home Garden #3

This Chartwell property is a unique oasis for this artistic and talented North Fulton Master Gardener and recently retired landscape designer.  She has created a beautiful landscape demonstrating how to maximize a small space and a steep site.  She shares her penchant for “going green” by creatively employing recycled materials.  Her multi-level garden displays her “love affair” with stonework which is featured in the meandering walkways, various terraces, and cascading falls.   Her rustic fireplace is the perfect focal point for the outdoor pavilion providing many opportunities for entertaining.  Every seat has a perfect view of this gorgeous garden.  Handpicked boulders are clustered to provide erosion free plant pockets.  The owner’s plant combinations ensure year-round interest with beautiful textures and colors.

Home Garden #4

This Falls of Autrey Mill backyard features 5 small perennial gardens all designed, planted, and maintained by the homeowner’s avid gardener.  As you step down a flight of stairs into the backyard, you will be taken by the beautiful displays of hostas, ferns, heuchera, Solomon seal, and other shade-loving perennials all against a backdrop of ivy-covered walls reminiscent of a classic English estate.  The yard is whimsical with statuary throughout. There is an infinity pool with a woodland backdrop behind it and a garden filled with hydrangeas, ferns, and gardenias. The home backs up to the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.

Home Garden #5

Stepping into this Falls of Autrey Mill homeowner’s backyard is like transporting yourself into a jungle paradise.  You will immediately be lured to sit down next to the beautiful pool surrounded by a tropical landscape.  The use of numerous large planters around the pool deck filled with a variety of seasonal plantings and utilizing elements of size, texture, and color blend perfectly with the flower beds of lush hardy tropical palms, banana trees, elephant ears, hibiscus, and other fun annuals. You will greatly appreciate this unique equatorial cocoon of serenity.

Home Garden #6

This magnificent 2-acre property in the Country Club of the South features an expansive backyard “bird sanctuary” and a delightfully unusual raised bed configuration that you will want to replicate in your own yard!  Enjoy the view near the pool and cabana before seeing what is planted in this year’s vegetable garden.  Then follow a path leading you through an arbor covered in sweet autumn clematis to the natural area where you will find magnolias, including our native sweet bay magnolia, many hardwoods, wonderful hemlocks, cryptomeria, arborvitae, deodar cedar, fruit trees, and plenty of berry shrubs and vines for birds to feast upon.      

Home Garden #7

This beautiful estate in The Country Club of the South is an amazingly intimate and lush Japanese inspired garden that will provide you with many ideas for your own home.  As you walk down the long side yard path toward the back, you will pass a multi-tiered water feature with a Buddha statue and small seating area all encased in ground covers and other small shrubs and grasses.  The quaint backyard is centered around a large Koi pond with numerous conifers, Japanese maples, ornamental grasses, elephant ears, and other unique plants overlooked by a welcoming covered outdoor seating area.  This garden will leave you feeling at peace!

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

This City owned 46-acre property features 3 miles of woodland trails, a butterfly garden, a Visitor Center containing 30 different animals and a learning lab, and many 19th and early 20th-century historic structures including the Folk Century styled Summerour House with its well-kempt perennial garden all set under a canopy of native hardwoods.  Take a leisurely stroll along Sal’s creek past wetlands anda grist mill, stopping at wildlife observation areas and searching for wildflowers including endangered Pink Lady Slippers, which should be blooming during the time of the Tour.  Take your time, relax, and enjoy the many sites the Preserve has to offer.