2011 Garden Tour – Linda Edwards

One of the gardens on the May 21, 2011 Garden Tour

Linda Edwards’ Garden

Linda and Steve Edwards’ lovely Peachtree Corners garden is a welcome retreat.  This certified National Wildlife Habitat is designed to have something blooming each season.  Visitors enter the garden through an arbor draped with a living curtain of evergreen ‘Armandii’ Clematis.   A flagstone path leads to a lawn surrounded by a lush perennial and shrub border.  A stunning glazed ceramic fountain creates a beautiful focal point while soothing visitors with the sound of gurgling water.   Beyond the lawn, a woodland garden awaits.  Through plant rescues and many years of collecting, Linda has created a charming shady corner in her garden.  A circular path leads past edgeworthia, bottlebrush buckeye, camellias, fothergilla, pieris, rhododendron, native azaleas and viburnum. Shade perennials such as epimedium, Japanese roof iris, native ginger, woodland poppies, native geranium and several varieties of hosta and fern provide a second layer.  Spring ephemerals such as trillium, may apple, and native Solomon’s Seal grace the woodland garden for a fleeting moment before the heat of summer arrives.  The real treat in this garden is the wonderful plant combinations of both perennials and annuals.  Several gorgeous glazed ceramic containers are filled with creative displays of unusual annuals rarely found in nurseries.

Ceramic Containers

2011 Garden Tour – Payge Cox

One of the gardens on the May 21, 2011 Garden Tour


Wind your way around a flagstone path taking you to outdoor rooms designated for reflection and relaxation. Mostly shaded by mature hardwoods like maples, oaks and pines, the garden has sunny areas as well, displaying perennials like iris, daylilies and asters. Payge, a Gwinnett County Master Gardener, tries to provide an inviting environment for birds, insects and wildlife. She plants with the lifecycle of the butterfly in mind not following any particular color scheme. Her property backs up to deciduous woods accented with a creek. She says her biggest challenges are extreme temperature changes, summer droughts, clay and DEER. She believes if you garden in Georgia successfully, you can garden anywhere! Come learn how she copes with nature’s adversity and see ways you can transform your side yard into an area of enchantment.

Payge Cox’s Garden

2011 Garden Tour – Jane Trentin

One of the gardens on the May 21, 2011 Garden Tour

Jane Trentin's Garden - spiderwort

Jane Trentin’s garden is mostly a shade garden with some sun areas in the front.  She specializes in native plants, many of which she has acquired through plant rescues with the Georgia Native Plant Society.

2011 Garden Tour – Julie Foster

One of the gardens on the May 21, 2011 Garden Tour

Julie Foster’s Garden

Julie Foster’s garden is about an acre and surrounds the circa 1903 home.  The front yard consists of a sunny garden of mixed shrubs and perennials as well as the ‘berry patch” with a fig tree, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  The backyard is a mix of sun and shade with a veggie garden.  The shade garden consists of a variety of unusual shade plants such as edgeworthia, the new varieties of heucherellas, ruscus, rhodea, and a magnolia macrophylla.

Julie Foster’s Garden