Behind the Scenes of Johns Creek’s Secret Garden Tour
Here’s your invitation to peek into your neighbor’s back yard.
The Secret Gardens of Johns Creek returns for it’s second year on May 4th, 2019 to take guests on a tour of seven home gardens in Johns Creek, Georgia.
From 9:00am to 4:00pm, take your tour pass (tap here to purchase!) to each stop along the Old Alabama Road corridor & visit each unique garden, highlighting unusual and themed plant combinations and hardscapes.
For the first time this year, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve will be a premiere tour stop. The park will have events happening throughout the day, including a tea lunch, guest speakers & plant sale! (While there, make sure to check-out the brand-new Farm Museum, woodland trails, historic buildings, butterfly garden, animal exhibits, and more!)
Spoiler alert – we’ve got the inside scoop on each stop along this terrific tour!
The Seven Secret Stops
This is a back yard garden for kids of all ages! This garden is made-up of four unique sitting & 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.
22 years in the making, this National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat garden offers several places to rest & enjoy terraced vistas & bird activity. A rose arbor welcomes guests to a garden full of color as they pass the hillside vegetable garden, and stroll over to the waterfall, Koi pond and moss lawn, decorated with Japanese lanterns.
Tour this unique oasis designed by a North Fulton Master Gardener and recently retired landscape designer, incorporating recycled materials. This multi-level garden displays her “love affair” with stonework, featured in meandering walkways, terraces, and cascading falls.
Hostas, ferns and heuchera – oh my! This lush garden is full of shade-loving perennials & features ivy-covered walls reminiscent of a classic English estate. The whimsical design includes an infinity pool, surrounded by gardens filled with hydrangeas, gardenias & Solomon seal. Beyond the garden, guests get a glimpse of the wooded Autrey Mill Nature Preserve property.
Stepping into garden is like transporting yourself into a jungle paradise. A tropical landscape surrounds a pool & numerous planters filled with a variety of plant sizes, textures & colors. Tropical palms, banana trees, elephant ears, hibiscus & other annuals fill this garden, creating a unique equatorial cocoon of serenity!
This magnificent 2-acre property features a backyard bird sanctuary & a delightfully unusual raised bed configuration that you will want to replicate in your own yard! Enjoy the view near the pool & cabana before seeing what is planted in this year’s vegetable garden. Follow the path through an arbor covered in sweet autumn clematis to the natural area where you will find native sweet bay magnolias, hemlocks, cryptomeria, arborvitae, deodar cedar and fruit trees- PLUS plenty of berry shrubs & vines for birds to feast upon.
The last garden stop features an intimate & lush Japanese inspired garden. Stroll along to see a multi-tiered water feature, complete with a Buddha statue. The main feature includes an expansive Koi pond surrounded by conifers, Japanese maples, ornamental grasses, elephant ears, & covered outdoor seating area. This garden will leave you feeling at peace!