Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2015: Atlanta

Atlanta, GA


On May 30th get exclusive access to private gardens in Atlanta and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

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Goodrum House
Photo courtesy Tunnell + Tunnell Landscape Architecture

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 to 11:00am | Atlanta

Restoration of the Goodrum House & Garden

Spencer Tunnell II and Matt Sussman of Tunnell + Tunnell Landscape Architecture (TTLA)

A prominent central driveway punctuates the front lawn, guiding visitors toward the exquisitely restored house and inner grounds. Completed in 1932 and recently restored to its original period design, this English Regency-style home was designed by renowned architect Philip Trammell Shutze for May Patterson Goodrum, the widow of a wealthy Atlanta businessman. Originally built on five acres in the Buckhead neighborhood of north Atlanta, the stucco exterior and geometric design of the house and landscape emulates the grand architectural concepts popularized during the reign of King George IV in early 19th century England. Combining their professional expertise, the site’s architect and landscape architect worked closely throughout the restoration process, drawing on the home’s original design plans, historic photographs, and interviews with former neighbors to ensure that the project accurately reflected Shutze’s intent. An archaeological excavation and detailed paint analysis provided further insight. Restoring the property’s grounds required recreating lost elements of the period-style landscape, including stunning allées and large boxwood and perennial gardens framed by restored garden walls. The expansive lawns, mixed hedges, and dense oak tree canopy were brought back, returning this distinguished home to its former glory. more photos

Alexander-Pound House
Photo courtesy Tunnell + Tunnell Landscape Architecture

Saturday, May 30, 11:30am to 1:00pm | Atlanta

Alexander-Pound House

Will McDonald of Tunnell + Tunnell Landscape Architecture (TTLA), with Theodore Pound

Completed in 1957, the Alexander-Pound House was designed and occupied by revered Atlanta architect Cecil Alexander. One of Atlanta’s first modern homes, the house was featured in Life Magazine and Progressive Architecture. The home, with its unique, round design and floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the forest below, has a special connection to its surrounding landscape.  The original site and planting plans were designed by award-winning landscape architect Edward Daugherty in concert with the architect. Theodore and Susan Pound purchased the home in 2005 and with the help of the original plans and the architect’s guidance, fully restored the structure to its original beauty. In 2010, Tunnell & Tunnell Landscape Architecture was hired to rehabilitate the landscape after a windstorm caused the loss of over 30 mature oak and pine trees. Today’s landscape features diverse plantings in striking combinations included grasses, perennials, mature woodland, and flowering shrubs. The landscape architects continue to work collaboratively with the Pounds to update the grounds for a new century. more photos

Rivermeade Residence
Photo courtesy Harrison Design

Saturday, May 30, 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Atlanta

Rivermeade Residence

Bill Caldwell of Harrison Design

Envisioned by the owner as a seamless assimilation of house and garden, Rivermeade was conceived as a collaborative effort between owner, architect, and landscape architect. The 2.5 acre site lies in the shadow of historic Standing Peachtree Fort at the Chattahoochee River and abuts a conservation easement, providing delightful views to a natural meadow and wildlife. The owner’s decree was to have a view to a garden from every window in the house, so the landscape was designed as seven garden rooms oriented in relation to the house. Each garden space accents the home’s design through the use of complementary building materials and features garden pieces collected by the owner over the years. Since its construction, Rivermeade has been featured on the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Connoisseur’s Tour and provided a backdrop for Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse television sitcom. more photos