By Roshani Chokshi
Experience the transition from summer to fall by exploring the exquisite gardens on the 22nd annual Decatur Garden Tour on Sept. 25 and 26. Visitors are invited “behind the fence” to see 16 public and private gardens during the weekend event.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the days of the tour. Purchase online at www.decaturgardentour.com or at Intown Ace Hardware, Smith Ace Hardware and The Seventeen Steps. Tickets will be sold the days of the tour at Oakhurst Community Garden or the home of Ryan Gainey, whose garden is on the tour.
Garden Tour committee chair Joy Provost said the tour raises money for the Oakhurst Community Garden and Decatur Preservation Alliance. Leslie Erickson from Georgia Prudential Realty is this year’s presenting sponsor.
Many of this year’s featured gardens are located in the Oakhurst neighborhood, which is marking its 100th  anniversary this year. Renowned for its original craftsman homes and plentiful sidewalks, Oakhurst’s community is not only inspiring but also reflective of the area’s heritage.
“We try to have gardens that are impressive but accessible, so we try to have a variety of gardens,” Provost said. “We have one that is a wildlife habitat and we have others such as ‘lawns to lettuce,’ where the front lawn has been transformed to a garden. We’re trying to show how limited resources can lead to beautiful garden spaces.”
With community gardening as the core of the town, it’s no wonder that the Oakhurst Community Gardening Project (OCGP) remains front and center to both visitors and inhabitants. Residents tend plots, while people of all ages listen in on gardening and environmental education classes throughout the year. For more about the Oakhurst Community Garden, visit www.oakhurstgarden.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.