Here is a sneak peek into the 2017 gardens:
#1 Gracious Southern Living
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This glamorous phoenix rose from the ashes to showcase Southern living in grand style. Take time to enjoy the classic traditional landscape reflecting timeless elegance with a few touches of whimsy sprinkled here and there. Outdoor fireplace, seating areas along with multiple water features in both the front and back areas are sure to inspire. Imagine taking a dip in the pool during the
twilight hours looking at the stars and relaxing in the elegant surroundings.
#2 Charleston Style Garden
This charming Charleston style garden was designed by Tara Dillard using classic Southern plants. In the front yard, bed lines create a sense of enclosure and lead the eye to the front door in a welcoming manner. Classic plants such as boxwood, azaleas, many varieties of hydrangea, and both camellias sasanqua and japonica provide blooms almost year-round. Seating areas tucked in pockets of shade provide pleasant spots to stop and rest. Entering the backyard through a charming arbor, visitors will hear the soothing sound of water. A formal fountain provides a focal point in the backyard. A koi pond adds an element of movement. Winding paths created with slate found on the property, guide visitors through a more natural area away from the house. A retaining wall created by stacking unopened bags of concrete will be of interest to the DIY visitors.
#3 Whispering Stones Garden
This garden illustrates how to create useable space out of a shady wooded hillside. The cool shade created by the mature trees and the soothing sound from the garden fountain offers a welcome respite. By filling in the old swimming pool and regrading the property, the homeowners created a multi-level yard with a woodland path that leads past the creek and meanders to a collection of cozy seating nooks. Shade-loving evergreen shrubs such as Acuba japonica and perennials such as hydrangeas and daylilies and hostas lend structure to the garden.
#4 Botanical Wonderland
This garden is designed and maintained by Master Gardener Dianne Gay and her husband Michael, and it is dedicated to the collection,cultivation and display of a wide range of plants including a few specialist plant collections. You won’t know where to look first as you follow the undulating paths through this botanical wonderland. The plants are purposefully placed to appeal to all the senses and to provide the owners and guests with a year full of blooms.
#5 At Waters Edge
This Japanese-styled garden developed over the past 25 years, includes a pond and stream, Japanese-styled gazebo, bamboo fences, stone lanterns, 23 varieties of Japanese maples, and numerous other canopy and understory trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The main garden is behind several unique garden gates; one is a Japanese-styled wooden gate and fence, leading through a small grove of black bamboo. The other entrance from the woodland garden is through a “moon” arbor and gate, covered with two weeping Japanese maples and adjoining an antique iron and wood fence. This lovely and serene Japanese garden is a delight for all of your senses.
#6 Backyard Staycation
No need to ever leave this wonderful backyard Staycation spot complete with fully functioning outdoor Bar and Grill, a pool with split level decks and multiple seating areas, a fresh vegetable garden and a well-manicured flower garden right in the heart of Lilburn. Incorporating the beauty of nature with modern outdoor amenities to create a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway without ever leaving home.
#7 Knight Elementary Outdoor Learning Center
This garden was designed to reconnect students with nature, thereby improving the health and well-being of the children, their environment, and the school’s community. You won’t want to miss the Rainbow Garden, Vegetable and Pollinator Garden, Dragon Garden, Music Garden, Storybook Garden, Math Garden and more. It is Knight’s educational philosophy that students who take part in environmentally-themed outdoor learning activities perform better in core academic subjects such as math, reading, science and writing-as well as become better stewards of the environment.