For the seventh year running, the Sandy Springs Society will treat area residents to one of the many joys of spring: the Sandy Springs Garden Tour.

This year’s tour will feature five unique gardens in the height of spring color on Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Guests who attend the 2008 Sandy Springs Garden Tour will be free to traverse the miles of trails covering the ten acres of John and Nancy Williams’ property at 4615 Northside Dr. Among the many garden “rooms” contained on the Williams’ property, guests will enjoy a vast collection of more than 160 Japanese maples.

Down the road at 4688 Northside Dr. is the garden of Allen and Cecilia Wright. Visitors will delight in the expansiveness of the landscaping at the rear of this property.

The rose garden at 1123 Garmon Dr., tended by Dorothy Mitchell-Leef and Forrest Leef is a true labor of love. The Leef property also features a bog garden.

Lloyd Fruchtman and his wife have transformed a two-acre hillside at 652 Londonberry Rd. into an oasis of sculptural and art features in just two years. The plantings in the Fruchtman garden reflect a passion for mixing strong color and texture.

The garden of Brenda Toan and Dick Johnston at 405 Ferry Landing in River Chase demonstrates how good design and perseverance can overcome a serious drainage problem. The owners added a new piping system and extensive rockwork to transform a “problem” property into a beautiful outdoor living space.

Visitors to this year’s tour are bound to come away with ideas for every size garden and every budget. Individual tickets to the tour are $15 in advance at Ace of Sandy Springs, 6010A Sandy Springs Circle. Tickets will also be sold at each of the gardens for $20 on tour days; there is no rain date. All proceeds from the 2008 Garden Tour will support non-profits in Sandy Springs through a grant application process. Further information is available at