Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 03, 2015
Only one month until the kick-off of the 2015 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Artist Market, May 1-3, 2015. New to one of Georgia’s most established home tours is this year’s “History Happens Here” line-up featuring architecture from the renowned firm of Ivey & Crook, interior designers from the region, southern eats, local musicians, artisans and Emory Village merchants. Now, as always, the community of Druid Hills is focused on preserving and extending the vision of the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted as well as celebrating the South’s vibrant culture and visionaries.
One of the homes on this year’s tour is 960 Oakdale Road NE, owned by Erika and David Brookes. When the owners purchased this house in 2006, it was largely exposed to The Byway with the backyard as public as the front. Through creative landscaping efforts, the property has been re-envisioned as an outdoor oasis. This circa 1925 home has just under gone a complete renovation that encompasses many creative and custom features. The kitchen, designed in large part around the homeowners’ vision, won the 2015 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine “Kitchen of the Year Award;” with no upper cabinets, and surrounded by windows, its clean design is highly imaginative. The new family room and kitchen both open via balconies to a two-story lofted outdoor living space with fireplace and grilling nook. The owners’ goal of merging indoors and outdoors has resulted in a home filled with light and beautiful views.
The garden on this year’s tour is at 1146 Lullwater Road NE, owned by Helen and Donald O’Shea. Native azalea and perennials abound in this colorful informal garden through which the visitor strolls on a simple stone path. The owners, one of whom is a master gardener, have devoted themselves to creating a series of “rooms” that are pleasant to walk through and gaze at from the house. Tackling all of the transplanting, weeding, and pruning themselves, they have created gardens throughout the 500 x 100 foot property in stages since moving to the house in 1973. Keep an eye out for the white and rose gardens, flame azalea, blood root, and foxglove, as well as a monkey puzzle tree along the driveway.
The Lullwater Garden Club is also pleased to present its annual spring plant sale in conjunction with the Tour. Native perennials suited to Atlanta’s climate and drought-tolerant succulents will be available, as well as a variety of heirloom tomato plants. All proceeds will benefit the Lullwater Conservation Garden, Inc., which recently launched an ambitious revitalization of the 6.5-acre garden that it has tended since 1931. The entrance to the garden is located at 952 Lullwater, at the south intersection of Lullwater Parkway and Lullwater Road.
In addition to the Ivey & Crook homes, the tour will feature a series of free events open to the public at Emory Village including an Artist Market, nightly entertainment, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Lecture on the architectural firm of Ivey & Crook, and a guided Walking Tour of Ivey & Crook buildings on the Emory University campus.
The tour events take place Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, May 3, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Artist Market takes place Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, May 3, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the website: druidhillstour.org.
This year, the tour is happy to support the Patch Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot (for kids five and younger). The 5K run/walk begins and ends in Emory Village. Race proceeds to benefit Press On To Cure Childhood Cancer:http://www.pressonfund.org, whose unique mission is to identify feasible therapies for childhood cancers and to invest money to support science and infrastructure. Contact Ed Williams - 404-327-7738 to learn more or register online http://www.active.com/atlanta-ga/running/distance-running-races/patch-dash-5k-2015.
For more information about all tour events and to purchase tickets in advance visit the website: druidhillstour.org. Proceeds from the tour and events benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
About The Druid Hills Civic Association:
The Druid Hills Civic Association was founded in 1938 to preserve Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood and to protect its unique heritage of parks and architecture. The Association carries out these responsibilities by exercising vigilance in zoning matters, maintaining a liaison with local governing bodies, informing the citizens of community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the community.