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Urban Chic and Peony Watch 2011

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.


Laura Casey Interiors said...

I am on peony watch in Charlotte too! Love your photos.

Style Court said...

Laura -- so much fun! I'm looking for that deep, almost-wine color too :)

And thanks!

home before dark said...

My favorite peony is the Comanche. I chose it because of sentiment (the name of my hometown), but the color is perfect. Growing peonies in Kansas is a different kind of peony watch. Peonies in full splendor usually means a storm is imminent. Mother Nature has her own way of saying get back to work your gardening fool.

ps Do commercial peonies come with ants?

Style Court said...

No ants! But, surprisingly, wonderful fragrance.

Wish I had the homegrown variety. Fingers crossed no bad storms are on the horizon.