Atlanta Botanical Garden to Lead 30th Annual GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR, 5/10-11

Atlanta Botanical Garden to Lead 30th Annual GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR, 5/10-11

For celebrating Mother's Day, there's no better place to explore than the breathtaking sites featured on the 30th Annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 10 -11.

Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the tour spotlights 11 private gardens in metro Atlanta. Featuring a range of styles and sizes -- from tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban oases, the professionally designed to "gardener's gardens" - the event will delight both green thumbs and the "garden curious" alike, according to tour chairs Sandy Kellam and Sue Hebda.

This year marks a 30-year anniversary for the tour, which was founded by Garden pioneers Mary Wayne Dixon, Tom Woodham and Ryan Gainey.

Tickets for the self-guided tour, held each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., go on sale April 1 online, at the Garden and at select area retailers. They are $25 in advance (Garden members $20) and $30 on days of the tour, and are valid both days. For more information, visit

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE and open from April through October from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (until 10 p.m. Thursdays) and from November through March from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, free to children under 3 and Garden members (sales tax not included). For more information, visit or phone 404.876.5859.

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