On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Peachtree Garden Club will present the 2009 Christmas Home Tour honoring Margaret Sheffield Martin, a past president and club member since 1953.  A native of Atlanta, Peggy has been a leader in the volunteer community for most of her life.  Her service to organizations around the city serves as a model for leadership by supporting the growth and success of all of those that she has worked with, including The Westminster Schools, The Junior League of Atlanta, Piedmont Hospital and The Atlanta Botanical Garden, where she serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1923, the club had the first Christmas tour in 1949. It was revived in 2008 as a way to give back to the community and lift people’s spirits. Debbie Felker and Elaine Morgan are co-chairing the 2009 tour, with Betty Balentine serving as the club’s president.
The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will showcase four significant Buckhead homes, including the home of the owners of the well-known gift shop, Boxwoods. Each of the homes has an interesting history. Built in 1933, the Tudor-style house on Woodward Way was once owned by famed local artist, Comer Jennings.  The Vernon Road home is one designed by noted architect, Neel Reid. On Dellwood, you will find a charming home owned by a talented interior designer and long time PGC member.
The Peachtree Garden Club would like to thank our wonderful Presenting Sponsor, Carol Young and Harry Norman Realty, as well as The Paul Hagedorn Foundation, Milner, Inc., and The Mercantile for their outstanding support in this effort to give back to our community.  All proceeds will go to Peachtree’s Community Fund, a 501C-3 non-profit organization that has been responsible for contributions in excess of $80,000 to conservation and garden projects all over our community.  Some of these grants have been made to the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Rhodes Hall, Historic Oakland Cemetery, the Swan Woods Trail at the Atlanta History Center, the Neel Reid Scholarship at the University of Georgia College of Environmental and Design and the Cultural Landscape Foundation, as well as the Shepherd Spinal Center.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. They are being sold at Boxwoods on East Andrews, The Mercantile on Dresden Drive, Piece of Cake on Roswell, Etc. East on Paces Ferry Rd., The Kangaroo Pouch on E. Andrews, and nadeau in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. For more information go to: peachtreegardenclub.org

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.