April 28-30, 2023
Friday, April 28: 1pm-5pm
Saturday, April 29: 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 30: 10am-5pm
Spring is in the air and the Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens is right around the corner! 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.
This year we are partnering with Emory Village Alliance, Callanwolde, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, South Fork Conservancy, and virtually every environmentally oriented non-profit in the area to put on a fantastic "Spring Celebration"(see more below!). In keeping, our 2023 Tour has a decidedly “garden” theme. Tour-goers will explore gorgeous homes, beautiful grounds, several breathtaking private gardens & neighborhood parks. Thanks to Fernbank Museum, ticketed patrons will also have free access to WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. Click on the Tour Map below to see a Google Map version.
2023 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Directly adjacent to Vickers Park, you'll visit 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. You'll explore 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. Visit three unique houses on Harvard Road: 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 recently renovated Craftsman with a rare jerkinhead dormer. These, along with some spectacular private and public gardens, make this year's Tour quite outstanding! Catch experts from Georgia Native Plant Society and Georgia Audubon Society in our various gardens and parks all weekend.
JOIN US FOR THE HISTORIC DRUID HILLS SPRING CELEBRATION!
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 are joining together to present another week of great events!
APRIL 15 - 23 | OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL
28 top Plein Air artists will be arriving in Druid Hills for the 2023 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Art collectors, enthusiasts, and the curious are invited to share 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 will be headlining this fun FREE concert, presented by Emory Village Alliance and South Fork Conservancy. Proceeds will go towards the Peavine Rainwater Garden project in Emory Village and the Emory Village Alliance.
A limited number of VIP tables are available for $250. Secure your VIP table today!
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
Enjoy food from our local restaurants or the Sweet Auburn BBQ truck
A variety of cocktails, beer and wine will be available for sale on the lawn (profits will be used to improve Emory Village!)
Kids are 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
Celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted Sr's birthday at this enchanting black-tie (optional) event. Enjoy wonderful food, drinks, and dancing with music by local jazz legend, Joe Gransden. Get your tickets today!
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
While on the Tour, make sure to stop by the Lullwater Garden Club Plant Sale at the home of Ivan and Renie Faulkenberry, 937 Oakdale Rd. They will be offering our popular moon vines, house plants, perennials, and annuals for sale. These contributions go towards the restoration and upkeep of our Lullwater Conservation Garden.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 and SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | GUIDED TOURS OF DEEPDENE PARK
A Georgia Audubon Master Birder will 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. Bring binoculars and wear appropriate shoes for trail walking. Space is limited to 25 participants - register early!
History and Nature Walks
Participants will learn about the history of the park, and the restoration efforts to preserve its tree canopy and native plants. Wear appropriate shoes for trail walking. Space is limited to 25 participants.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | DRUID HILLS TREE TOUR WITH ERICA GLASENER
Join horticulturist and tree lover Erica Glasener for 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. The approximately 2-mile walk starts on Oakdale in front of St. John's Lutheran Church and will take about 45 minutes to an hour. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. SIGN UP FOR YOUR SPOT(S) HERE.
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 are invited, with a parent or guardian, to Peavine Trail for a special interactive event - all about hummingbirds! They will learn fun facts about these tiny birds and even get to plant a sample of what hummingbirds like to eat around Peavine Trail Rain Garden. This event includes an easy hike along the creek (a little less than a mile round trip) and will last about 50 minutes. Spots are limited. SIGN UP FOR YOUR SPOT(S) HERE.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | GAMELAN CONCERT | EMORY VILLAGE
The Emory Gamelan Ensemble will be playing a Free Concert at the Fountain in Emory Village Saturday afternoon from 1-3 pm. All are welcome to come and sit by the Fountain, have a drink, and enjoy the soothing sounds of Javanese and Balinese Gamelan by the Emory Gamelan Ensemble. now in its 25th year.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | CHILDREN'S NATIVE PLANTING
"Slow the Flow" Planting & Burbanck Park Exploration
10 am - 12 pm
Children are 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. Everyone will have an opportunity to get their hands dirty planting a native to help with soil erosion near the creek. SIGN UP FOR YOUR SPOT(S) HERE.