It's that time of year again. The weeks we look forward to during winter's dreariest days: peony season. I just spotted my first bunch of 2011 at Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. Buckets were filled with deep pink, medium pink and barely there pink.
I don't know if any of the participants in the High's Artful Garden Tour grow peonies, but this year's mix of gardens sounds intriguing. Fans of the English style can look forward to a 1930s Tudor set among formal as well as wilder, more natural plantings.
The event takes place May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are self-guided and include seven private gardens dotted across town from Druid Hills to Midtown to Buckhead. Don't be surprised to come across plein air painters along the way. Things kick-off May 12 with the Urban Chic Garden Party at 7 p.m. in Westside Provisions' courtyard. Tickets to the party are $30; admission to the tour is $20 before May 12 and $25 after that. Purchase online or call 404-733-4521.
[Photo by Sarah Dorio for Westside Provisions District.]
For more peony and general botanical love, revisit Ryan's House, Cara Enteles, and Flower Girls.