I am a member of our neighborhood's garden club - as much a social group as a group of women who are interested and knowledgeable about gardening - although we do have several certified master gardeners in the group. This weekend was the annual Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour held in a wonderful old area of Atlanta. I attended with a small cadre from our club! The day was overcast and a little damp but it did not rain and we saw all but one garden. We also spent time (and money) in the great artists gallery that is held during the event.
Druid Hills is an area about 7-9 miles from downtown Atlanta. When my husband and I moved to Atlanta 25 years ago, this was the area we checked out first. Unfortunately, the prices were high then and probably higher now.
The following information came from wikipedia - link
Druid Hills is a community which includes both a census-designated place (CDP) in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, as well as a neighborhood of the city of Atlanta. The CDP's population was 14,568 at the 2010 census. The CDP contains the main campus of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The planned community was initially conceived by Joel Hurt, and developed with the effort of Atlanta's leading families, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. It contains some of Atlanta's historic mansions from the late 19th and early 20th century. Druid Hills includes the main campus of Emory University, which relocated to Atlanta in 1914.
Druid Hills was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was one of his last commissions. A showpiece of the design was the string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue, which was designated as Druid Hills Parks and Parkways and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1975. The remainder of the development was listed on the Register as the Druid Hills Historic District on October 25, 1979. Later the Park and Parkways district was consolidated into the Druid Hills Historic District.Most of the homes on the tour are owned by doctors associated either with Emory University or Hospital or the Centers for Disease Control.
Here, in photos, are some of the highlights of this year's tour.
|This house on Springdale Road is called Boxwood and was once part of a much larger estate built for a Coca-Cola executive in 1912|
|These were some of the backyard elements at a home on Springdale - the owner-doctor was very involved in all elements of design and planting.|
|This was the group's favorite home and garden - a Tutor style home on Oakdale Road - both inside and out!|