The 10th Annual Midtown Garden Stroll-Part 2

Monday, May 22, 2023

I'm back with the second half of our garden tours on the 10th Annual Midtown Garden Stroll.  If you haven't seen Part One click here.  It has my several more of my favorites from that day.  Below is the garden I left off Part 1 talking about it's color palette.  Isn't it beautiful!  This was our last tour on the stroll before it ended at 5pm. And it was a wonderful tour to end on.  But let me show you a few others we toured before ending up here.

Myrtle St | Garden #13

We left Penn St and went over to Myrtle St for the final three gardens I got pictures of. 

Myrtle St | Garden #12

Taking the steps up into this garden you were greeted by a charming brick walkway, with a pea gravel pathway to the right inviting you to tip-toe around the fountain as you headed to the back yard.  This was another shade garden with a lot of different varieties of plants.  This garden seemed designed to be self-sustaining with a large compost area and rainwater tank on the side yard of the garden.  I really wish I had gottem a picture of them both because they were massive in scale for an in-town garden.

Leopard plant with cast iron plant coming up in background

I appreciated the variety of pathway styles and widths in this garden.  Whether of mulch or pea gravel they were lined with stones to hold the material in place.  

Myrtle Street | Garden #14

What a treat to enter this gated courtyard!  Are we actually still in Atlanta or have we been transported to an Italian villa?  It had started to get a bit hot, so the shade of this garden was a cool respite from the heat.
I loved the shape of the pavers and the moss growing on them.  Evergreen clematis draped the walls all along the front side of the garden.

A sloped walkway led to the back of the house which had a large variety of plants shade loving plants along with bamboo.  There was a large drive/patio space that opened up to the back garden. That space centered on an impressive wall fountain with a large turf space that would be perfect for hosting an outdoor dinner reception.  I can imagine 5 or 6 round tables, string lights, music playing and the fountain going in the backgroud!  To enter the back garden, you walked thru a doorway-like opening and entered the turf space enclosed on all four sides by a medium height garden bed of houttuynia.  Again I started talking with the homeowner and have no pics of the back garden, but it was a beautiful space with a distinctly different vibe from many of the other gardens.  Next year, I will do better!

Myrtle Street | Garden #13

Our final stop was Garden #13.  Loved the color palette of this house nestled in with the green as you walked up.  They had pictures showing the transformation from it's original brick and paint colors.  Isn't it the gentlest palette? It's deep, rich, calm, and refined.

The same palette of the main house was carried thru the garden walls and fences creating a cohesive aesthetic between home and garden as well.  You can just barely see below, but they had raised garden beds with wire and wood enclosures to keep, I imagine, squirrels and rabbits from eating their produce.  Great idea!

Stairs leading up to the back of the property allowed you to look back on the beautiful pool and outdoor living spaces.  Between the hanging swing and the lounge chairs, you can't find a bad view.

The neighbor's side yard is the view from the driveway.  It had a lovely collection of azaleas nestled under a mature crape myrtle with gorgeous hydrangeas peeking thru in the background.  I'm taking notes! 

This was a charming, wonderful tour to end our garden stroll on.  

For me, this Garden Stroll was about exploring Atlanta gardens and getting ideas for how to make a shade garden feel full, lush, and well-designed.  I would say it was mission accomplished.  I walked away from this stroll with new-found appreciation for shade plants, the variety of options available, and an actual LOVE now for azaleas.  I am going to do a post soon of my own garden and how it's changed over the years I want to talk lessons learned from the Midtown Garden Stroll and other gardens, and ideas I want to implement in my garden in the future.  And I can't wait to attend again next year, especially to check out some of the gardens I missed on this first go round!


  1. Hi Melanie! My name is Jennifer, and I am the homeowner of your first stop on the tour (on Seal Place). I am so sorry I did not get to meet you, as I would have loved to talk and share a glass of wine (!) with you! Your perspective on gardens and their composition is truly inspiring. I enjoyed reading your descriptions of the various gardens that you visited - even without the photos, I felt as I were there with you. Thank you for a beautiful description of our event. Looking forward to logging in and reading about your own garden. Gardening really is all about experimentation - and patience. :) I hope I will get to meet you next year!

    1. Hi Jennifer! I wish I could have met you as well and gotten some garden tips from you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! I was literally bursting with so much inspiration from everything I had seen that I couldn't NOT write about the tour. That's so true that gardening is about trying things and patience. While I've got you here, (lol!) one thing I wanted to ask was how long would you say it took for your yew to fill out? It was beautiful, and I ask because I just planted some last year in my own garden and I was wondering how long it will be. Also, I have to tell you, the first picture in the post was one of my favorite little snippets of your garden. The Carex with the Hellebores and ferns and the Japanese Maple in the background and the native Georgia was one of my favorite compositions. Ok, I will stop! Look forward to meeting you next year too!

  2. Hi Melanie!! It’s so nice to get your response!! The yew was slow growing for me … but it gets so little sun where it is … so it may go faster if you get any sun at all. The yew in my garden has been there about 10 years but it has been that size for probably five. I rarely trim it. It really seemed to benefit from the freeze this year! Unlike the mock orange bushes and tea olives … those are going to take years to fill back in. Heart breaking. The only problem with much of my garden is that it dies back in winter, so it’s a wasteland from December to March! I use a lot of annuals (coleus is my favorite, for color and hardiness - I sprinkle some mothballs around while they’re getting rooted to keep the squirrels away, or else they dig everything up) to fill in the blanks. Patience and hard work for sure. :) Come by any time, would love to meet you!!

    1. Ok, that's good to know! The ones I have in my front yard do get some sun, so hopefully they will take off soon. I've only had them one year. You are right about them taking the cold well. I had three in my back yard, that have been in their pot for nearly a year (I know, bad gardener!) but they survived the freeze too! And yes, I have three mock orange to take out because of the freeze. Mine are not totally dead, but 80% damaged, and I honestly didn't love them enough to try and make it work, lol! But hoping yours recover over the next year or two (especially the tea olive...their scent is heavenly) is a bit heartbreaking to lose a mature plant.

  3. I know - it's so hard to see beloved plants suffer! I'm so happy to make your acquaintance - and dearly hope to meet you in person soon. In the meantime, happy gardening!