Secret Gardens of Johns Creek: The 2021 Garden Tour by Johns Creek Beautification
May 1, 2021 , 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Johns Creek, GA, Johns Creek, GA, USA
Garden Tour Returns! From COVID-19 Dormancy to Full Bloom in 2021
Secret Gardens of the Johns Creek Community returns to delight the public May 1st, 2021. While the tradition of the annual Garden Tour was interrupted last year, as was nearly everything, volunteers committed to a spectacular revival as soon as possible. All involved agree, an extra year for the gardeners to primp and prune, and an extra year for the event organizers to prepare the best Garden Tour yet.
Even amidst the panic of a global pandemic, participants of previous tours asked when the next time Secret Gardens of Johns Creek would occur. Johns Creek Beautification’s (JCB) board knew there would be a future because of the understanding from the community when it announced that the annual tour was cancelled.
Challenging times bring a community together in ways no one can predict. JCB added more passionate volunteers to the team and doubled its efforts. Consensus was that Secret Gardens of Johns Creek was naturally aligned with the evolving needs of the public. Event organizers have restructured the tour to occur on a biennial basis. The 2021 tour will adhere to health and safety recommendations in place at the time of the tour.
Secret Gardens is a drive-yourself and walking tour of six homes and Autrey Mill Nature Preserve (AMNP). Each stop has its own unique features in store. Homeowners share the joy of their efforts at the residential sites, and Autrey Mill Nature Preserve is home to splendid woodland and butterfly gardens. AMNP also hosts a Visitors’ Center, Farm Museum, The Summerour House, Warsaw Church, Green Country Store, and Tenant Farmhouse.
On the day of the tour, performances from harpists, guitarists, singers, and even a flute choir will entertain guests on site. Come witness the talent of visual artists from our community as they paint, sculpt, sketch, and mold something exquisite while you take in the splendor of a stroll in the garden. Sounds crowded, but fear not, there will be plenty of breathing room to stay socially distanced.
JCB believes that beautiful surroundings lead to a sense of comfort that cannot be replicated any other way. Consider your time at Secret Gardens Tour a mini-vacation and a respite from the hurry of everyday life. Don’t miss the Garden Tour’s positive effects on your mental health and stress level.
Participants inherently start from different places and, because there is no set order to visit tour sites, traffic is evenly distributed to each stop. In addition to greeting and directing the flow of guests in each garden, volunteers will pace the flow of visitors through each site to encourage breathing room and space to enjoy the surroundings.
Every year JCB tries something new. This year one of the garden homes is piloting a craft activity for visitors to take part in while awaiting their botanical adventures. Patrons can enjoy a moment to paint daffodils on landscaping rocks that JCB will use to beautify and commemorate Daffodils4Hope Gardens.
Daffodils 4Hope is an awareness campaign for CanCare Atlanta, the premier organization for emotional support serving cancer patients and survivors. Johns Creek Beautification identified the Daffodil as the symbol for Cancer Survivorship because of its regenerative properties. Daffodils grow from bulbs and once planted can regenerate each year for hundreds of years, bringing hope for the future to all that see them.
JCB has planted over 5000 bulbs around the city of Johns Creek at Newtown Park Veterans Memorial Walk and The Wall That Heals, Johns Creek City Hall, Emory Johns Creek Hospital Winship Cancer Center and has also committed to planting over 60,000 bulbs in beautiful places all around town. Planting events proved to be a fun and educational field trip for virtual school students during the pandemic and regular events are in planning.
Proceeds from the Secret Gardens of the Johns Creek Community will go to support JCB’s efforts to beautify, connect, and enrich Johns Creek through landscape enhancement and by supporting the preservation and installation of works of art in public areas.
The talent and passion our town has for beauty and exceptionalism is truly on display at the Secret Gardens of the Johns Creek Community. Johns Creek Beautification invites the public to the 2021 Garden Tour to make new friends, to get inspired, to feel the comfort, and to celebrate pride in our hometown.
Passes available March 1st | Information and volunteer opportunities at: www.JohnsCreekBeautification .org