Johns Creek Tour: May 4

Following its highly successful inaugural Secret Gardens of Johns Creek held last May, this annual fundraiser plans to raise the bar. Last year’s tour showcased homes in Thornhill, Prestwick, Oxford Mill, Cameron Forest and a Shakerag estate property.  The 2019 tour proudly features homes in The Country Club of the South, The Falls of Autrey Mill and Chartwell.  Additionally, the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve will be featured as the educational tour stop with many woodland trails.  All locations are conveniently located minutes from one another.

This year’s eight locations emphasize unique plant combinations, distinctive garden themes, stunning and unusual outdoor features and many natural areas friendly to birds and other wildlife.  Visitors will be visually transported to a tropical poolside terrace, a Japanese Zen garden fit for meditation, and a rainforest carpeted with a moss lawn surrounded by hydrangeas and mature azaleas.  They will be inspired by how a retired landscape designer artistically employed recycled materials and her love of stone to create a terraced pathway of garden exhibitions perfectly situated around a rustic outdoor fireplace and cascading falls. They will discover how raised beds can also serve as yard art!  They will be inspired by certified wildlife and bird habitats, quaint backyard seating areas, stunning perennial displays and plenty of woodlands, wildflowers and birds.  The homeowner’s passion for their gardens is proudly evident at every stop.

The inclusion of the nature Preserve brings another element of discovery to the tour.  This City owned 46-acre property features 3 miles of woodland trails, butterfly garden, Visitor Center with animals and learning lab, 19th and early 20th century historic structures including the Folk Century styled Summerour House with its well kempt perennial garden set under native hardwoods.  Visitors can stroll along Sal’s creek past wetlands, a grist mill, stop at wildlife observation areas and search for wildflowers including endangered Pink Lady Slippers, which should be in bloom.

 

To further enhance the visitor experience, local artists and musicians will be embedded in the lush landscapes. Last year, music delightfully filled the gardens as painters and sculptors demonstrated their skills.  This year we will be featuring many returning seasoned acrylic and watercolor artists from the Johns Creek Arts Center’s Artists Guild, a digital media painter, and a forged steel sculptor who is currently working on a sculpture for the City. The featured music will be the sweet sound of a local Harpist, a Flute Choir, a Brass Band, a String Quartet, an Acapella group, Singer Songwriters and others. The Nature Preserve will be offering a variety of educational presentations throughout the day.  And while there, they will be offering food and a variety of plants for sale!  Be sure it will be a lovely day filled with the smell of flowers, and the sights and sounds of art and live music!  

 

Proceeds from the Tour will benefit Johns Creek Beautification and be put towards the purchase of public art, citywide landscape beautification projects and the mass planting of daffodils at private and public locations in partnership with CanCare , a wonderful organization of volunteers providing emotional support for those suffering from cancer. 

 

We hope to see you on Saturday, May 4th!

 

Self-guided tour, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Tour Passes $25. Children under 13 free.

Limited number of passes available, go to JohnsCreekBeautification.org/garden_tour. Receipt will provide the locations of each garden. Passes non-refundable. 

Questions? Email info@johnscreekbeautification.org, or call 470-655-6559.

Johns Creek Beautification is a (501)(c)(3) Georgia nonprofit.