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Azalea Time in Atlanta

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Atlanta is such a welcome escape this time of year when we in Newport will not have leaves on the trees for another month… and yet azaleas and fruit trees are happily blooming down south. All seemed especially joyous and bountiful this year!

There is a handsome diversity of residential architecture in my former neighborhoods that is laudatory and I’m keen to share this with you!

Atlanta has never looked so gorgeous (and that’s not just because I’ve missed my old hometown over the past 3 years of quarantining). I was reminded again as I strolled my favorite streets in Northwest Atlanta that Atlanta was built in the middle of a hardwood forest.

So many residents take advantage of this gift, giving careful attention to siting their houses and putting a great deal of thought into landscaping.

Hills intersect many of the neighborhoods with streets and driveways gently curving to take advantage of this topography… to include creeks!

A post on the Northwest residential area of Atlanta would not be complete without noting one of the most elegant (former) private homes in America, Swan House. Now a museum, it was designed for the Inman family in 1928 by esteemed Atlanta classical architect, Philip Trammel Shutze, who also designed the gardens. Capturing this gem late one afternoon with the soft shadows playing across the lawn was a lovely bit of serendipity.

Aaah, the azaleas, and trees, of Atlanta…

With warm thanks to my sister, Neale, who patiently chauffeured me around for hours on end as I savored and photographed this special city.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

8 thoughts on “Azalea Time in Atlanta

  1. You captured all the beautiful homes ( and there are many more) in atlanta!! Good year for the azaleas, dogwoods etc!! Thanks for coming back!!!

  2. Bless Neale for her patience-the pictures are ravishing and the they don’t make me sneeze from the pollen!

  3. Sightseeing like this is lovely! So much fun to see beautiful gardens at leisure from the car. Glad you got to enjoy the start of Spring in Atlanta this way:)

  4. Thanks for sharing these beautiful homes and gardens with us. Love seeing beautiful homes and gardens.

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