As a festival volunteer, I had the good fortune to already visit the gardens on tour this year. Even in the winter these gardens were inspiring. By the end of April I bet you they will be fabulous.
If you are into history at all and love the feel of gardens lovingly tended to for decades, the Meigs Street home of Nicole and Paul G. McDonough will knock you out.
The rich, historic feel of the McDonoughs’ gardens are fitting for property once owned by George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The gorgeous front gate of rod iron and the unique iron hanger for a lamp near the front door, as well as a large water fountain date back to the early 1900s. Here the garden are simple to let the house and art shine.
Following the path to the right of the house lets you enter an enchanting patio area flanked by beds of flowering ornaments and flowers. There is an incredible statue of Italian marble to see.
Down the round curved steps of red brick starts a wonderful maze of paths winding through the back garden of massive flowering bushes and stately trees, some with huge flowering vines woven around their bark.
Along the way you can sit and soak in the scene at a stone table with its circular bench. Around the bend you will find a carved, stone chalice-like artwork that may be an old Victorian trail head marker. At its base are carved lions’ heads.
Don’t miss the surprise in the center of the garden where a private wonder is shielded by massive camellia bushes.