Mother’s Day should be filled with beautiful flowers and family fun together.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown has the answer for both. It will host the 35th annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour May 11 and 12 at nine different home gardens throughout metro Atlanta.

Benefiting the botanical garden, the tour includes seven gardens combined in Sandy Springs and Buckhead and one each in Decatur and Midtown.

Featuring a range of styles and sizes – some professionally designed, others the work of the homeowner – the event will delight both green thumbs and the “garden curious” alike.

“Each one of the gardens is just absolutely spectacular,” Liza O’Hare, who is co-chairing this year’s tour with Debbie Swann, said in a news release.

Swann, whose home was on the tour in 2011, said the event attracts visitors from at least three states.

“Some people are definitely garden people, and they go to see these gardens with a definite purpose of being given information that will help them create their own gardens at home,” she said. “Being an annual event, this garden tour has become a tradition. We have people who drive down from Tennessee, Alabama and throughout the Southeast to see these beautiful gardens.”

Helping mark the 35th year of the tour will be the Decatur garden of the late designer Ryan Gainey, one of the tour’s co-founders, who gifted the garden to a couple that is renovating it.

The garden’s mission is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

Tickets for the self-guided tour, held rain or shine each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are on sale at and at select area retailers. Tickets are $22 for garden members and $28 for nonmembers in advance and $35 on the tour dates (cash or check only). For more information, visit the website.


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