Scroll through the slideshow to see some highlights from the 2023 Tour !
As the longest-running home tour in Atlanta, the Historic Druid Hills Home & Garden Tour has showcased many stunning homes over the years. Brought to you by the Druid Hills Civic Association and organized by an army of volunteers, it is the one Atlanta home tour you don't want to miss!
Our heartfelt gratitude to each and every Tour site host, volunteer, sponsor, and attendee. 2023's Tour was a huge success and we are looking forward to 2024!
2023 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Tour-goers repeatedly told us how much they enjoyed exploring such a variety of home styles and greenspaces that were featured in 2023. They visited homes like 1755 Ridgewood, a beautiful craftsman cottage with clinker brick and Tudor accents, set in a bucolic one-acre wooded garden with a creek running through it. They explored a magnificent Walter T. Downing estate home on a grand nearly 2-acre estate lot, with a spectacular garden in the back at 883 Oakdale. The three unique houses on Harvard Road did not disappoint: the "Castle House", a clinker brick Tudor with a turret and crenelated porte-cochere, a cozy cottage with pronounced Tudor accents and Flemish bond in the brickwork, and a stunning, recently renovated Craftsman with a rare jerkinhead dormer. Our nature-lovers were thrilled to explore rare private gardens like 1721 Dyson Drive, the certified Georgia native plant garden and 1491 Emory Road, a 5.5-acre woodland garden with ponds, waterfalls, and meandering paths. Patrons loved the special access to Fernbank Forest, and were thrilled to discover the almost-hidden Peavine Trail that funs along the creek right underneath the neighborhood. We were so grateful to have experts from Georgia Native Plant Society and Georgia Audubon Society volunteering in our greenspace sites to guide and answer questions from tour-goers. We can't wait to see what our 2024 Tour will offer!
HISTORIC DRUID HILLS SPRING CELEBRATION 2023 EVENTS
Olmsted 200 gave the community of Druid Hills the opportunity to come together in a week of celebration. In addition to our outstanding tour, the neighborhood toasted Olmsted’s 200th birthday with a beautiful gala at Callanwolde, Emory Village Alliance invited everyone to a free outdoor concert on the lawn in the Village, and so much more. In this wonderful spirit of community, Druid Hills neighborhood groups joined together to present another week of great events!
APRIL 15 - 23 | OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL
28 top Plein Air artists arrived in Druid Hills for the 2023 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Art collectors, enthusiasts, and the curious shared in the experiences all week as these talented artists create masterworks depicting scenes from all over Atlanta. Learn more about the artists and the events.
THURSDAY, APRIL 20 | OLMSTED LINEAR PARK ALLIANCE AND OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL PRESENT
“PROSECCO IN THE PARK” | DELLWOOD PARK
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 5:30pm - 9pm| COCA-COLA “CLEAN UP THE CREEK CONCERT” ON THE LAWN
Canyonland headlined this fun FREE concert, presented by Emory Village Alliance and South Fork Conservancy. Proceeds went towards the Peavine Rainwater Garden project in Emory Village and the Emory Village Alliance.
A limited number of VIP tables were available for $250.
Free parking in Emory parking decks – behind Barnes and Nobel on Oxford or at the Fishburne Parking lot on North Decatur adjacent to Swartz Music Center
Food from our local restaurants or the Sweet Auburn BBQ truck
A variety of cocktails, beer and wine were be available for sale on the lawn (profits will be used to improve Emory Village!)
Kids are always encouraged
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 | OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL PAINTQUICK | DELLWOOD PARK
Learn more about this fun-to-watch Plein Air event here.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 6pm-9pm | DRUID HILLS GALA | CALLANWOLDE
We celebrated Frederick Law Olmsted Sr's birthday at this enchanting black-tie event. Tour hosts, sponsors, volunteers and other neighborhood attendees enjoyed wonderful food, drinks, and dancing with music by local jazz legend, Joe Gransden.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | HISTORIC DRUID HILLS HOME & GARDEN TOUR
Friday, April 28: 1pm-5pm | Saturday, April 29: 10am-5pm | Sunday, April 30: 10am-5pm
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 and SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | GUIDED TOURS OF DEEPDENE PARK
A Georgia Audubon Master Birder lead a guided tour through Deepdene to learn more about Georgia's resident and migrating birds and the forest restoration efforts to enhance bird habitat.
History and Nature Walks
Participants learned about the history of the park, and the restoration efforts to preserve its tree canopy and native plants.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | DRUID HILLS TREE TOUR WITH ERICA GLASENER
Horticulturist and tree lover Erica Glasener lead a walking tour of trees growing in Druid Hills. Erica is an author, a lecturer, and was an award-winning host of HGTV's "A Gardener's Diary" for 13 years. She will talk about some of the magnificent trees in the neighborhood, including oaks, tulip poplars, black gums, and more.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | CHILDREN'S INTERACTIVE TRAIL WALKS
"Help a Hummingbird" Planting & Peavine Creek Trail Walk
10 am, 11 am, 12 pm & 1 pm
Children were invited, with a parent or guardian, to Peavine Trail for a special interactive event - all about hummingbirds! They learned fun facts from Josiah Patrick of GA Aubudon about these tiny birds and even got to plant a sample of what hummingbirds like to eat around Peavine Trail Rain Garden.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | GAMELAN CONCERT | EMORY VILLAGE
The Emory Gamelan Ensemble plaued a Free Concert at the Fountain in Emory Village Saturday afternoon from 1-3 pm. All enjoyed the soothing sounds of Javanese and Balinese Gamelan by the Emory Gamelan Ensemble, in its 25th year.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | CHILDREN'S NATIVE PLANTING
"Slow the Flow" Planting & Burbanck Park Exploration
10 am - 12 pm
Children were invited, with a parent or guardian, to Burbanck Park on the edge of Emory Village, to learn about the Park, the Creek, and Native Plants. They had an opportunity to get their hands dirty planting a native to help with soil erosion near the creek.