2013 Duluth, GA Secret Garden Walk

Our Sponsors

A very special THANK YOU to the promotors of this event,
Shelley Howard and Jennifer Freeman,
for their yomen's job in making the
2013 event a huge success.


Below are pictures taken throughout the tour - compliments of Fred Wilson and Lauren Gary


Put your mouse over each picture to see a much larger image - move the mouse out of the picture to reduce its size.


Garden #1: Historic Strickland House
History in the Making - Before boarding the complimentary shuttle to take you to our other eight gardens, we urge you to enjoy the gardens of the home of Duluth's Historical Society and museum. These grounds boast not only pathways bursting with native Georgia plants, but also community garden plots available to the public.

Organic Composting and information center.

Native plants area

Community Garden

Judy Wilson telling folks about the Community Garden

Our parking area was full during the event ! ! !

Garden #2; 3676 W. Lawrenceville St.
Garden as Connection - A garden is timeless and connects us across generations through the planting of a fruit tree, or building, a grape arbor, a tree house, or water garden using rocks collected from the family farm. A garden connects us spiritually with God, nature, family, and other gardeners. Our garden has been a journey of self-sufficiency by growing our own fruits and veggies, composting, and practicing water conservation. Come stroll the garden paths, relax by the water garden, or explore how to create your own raised bed gardens, compost bins, and rain barrels. We are an example of "urban farming", and our journey continues as we explore organic gardening.

Garden #3; 3677 W. Lawrenceville St.
Gray Haven Meander - This tour will take you through a shaded intimate side yard that evokes a feeling of peace. As you reach the back corner and follow the path, the canopy opens and soars almost like a cathedral. The mature trees (oak, hickory, black walnut, pecan, poplar) anchor the design. Meander back and forth through the back yard, with seating along the way to encourage a sense of "sit a spell". On your way, you will pass Japanese maples, blueberries, blackberries and a tulip tree. The walk back up is not a race - take your time. When you exit around the other side of the house, look for a modest raised-bed vegetable and herb garden next to the patio that was made with bricks from the original chimneys in the old house.
Garden #4; 3667 W. Lawrenceville St.
Potted Porch - Our porch is filled with pots of colorful flowers. A place to come and relax for hours and hours. Lantana, Geraniums, Begonias and such. Please come and visit and thanks very much!
Garden #5; 3657 W. Lawrenceville St.
Garden as Respite - Come and visit our respite from urban sprawl; using outdoor spaces that beckon according to your mood. A classic southern porch for visiting with neighbors, a sunrise garden where we enjoy our morning coffee and our backyard, inspired by the squares in Savannah, complete with paths and a central fountain.
Garden #6 - 3647 W. Lawrenceville St.
Southern Revival - Enjoy breakfast under a canopy of leaves. Read a book or relax and just listen to the sounds of nature in a private cabana. Sit and reminisce in style on the porch. Linger over dinner by the light of fireflies and enjoy a cricket concert. All of this is possible when you revive what's inside - - - outside.

Garden 7 - 3627 W. Lawrenceville St.
Gossiping Garden -

A Poem
Yesterday Daisy cut off Aaron's Beard,
Then whispered Forget-me-not in
Elephant's Ear.
Today a Texas Ranger knocked at my door,
Creeping Jenny found a Naked Lady
Lying on the floor.
Tomorrow who knows what gossip they'll be
The flowers are from such a large family.

Garden #8
Kathryn's Garden - The land that I live on has been in our family since the late 1800's, when my grandfather had a cotton gin on the corner of the property. It was struck by lightning in 1929 and burned. I have lived here for over 50 years. My back yard had been a pasture, but my favorite hobby was gardening, so that soon changed. However, as the trees have grown, so has the shade, and the flowers and lush grass I had then are much harder to come by now, but I am still trying !
Garden #9
Garden as Exploration - Growing up I loved and explored the woods where our house is now. I called this area 'The World'. Even today, we continue to love and explore our yard and flower garden that we have created nestled in these beloved woods.

We, your Duluth Historical Society and Museum, wish to thank all the sponsors, the promoters, the gardeners and the patrons of this special Secret Garden Tour. We would also like to thank the volunteers for, without their help, your cars wouldn't have parked carefully, you were able to ride in comfort between down town and the museum, you were helped through each garden and were able to ask questions and receive answers from an organic gardening expert. Thank you again from all of us at DHS.

Judy Wilson