The sun is out. The days grow warmer. Blooming dogwoods and azaleas make this metro Atlanta’s pretty season.

It’s time to get out of the house, shake off the cobwebs and take a quick look around before the summer heat drives everybody back inside their air-conditioning.

In other words, it’s again time to join a fundraising home and garden tour and get a glimpse of how the neighbors live.

This month, the Sandy Springs Society and the Peachtree Battle community in Buckhead are offering tours they promise will give residents a chance to check out everything from elegant architecture to formal gardens to urban chickens.

Yes, chickens. In Sandy Springs.

Here are the basics.

Sandy Springs Society garden tour

The Sandy Spring Society promises to reveal “the secrets of Sandy Springs most spectacular gardens” in its 10th annual garden tour April 30 and May 1.

The tour includes five gardens, including the gardens at Glenridge Hall, the Tudor-style mansion built in 1929 by Thomas and Elizabeth Glenn. The hall is surrounded by 47 acres of hardwood forest, the society said in a press release.

Other stops include a home with a formal boxwood garden, a backyard vegetable garden and putting green, a garden that includes a mill-house garden wheel and the “aviary of urban chickens,” according to the society.

The gardens are open for tour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 30 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 1.

Tickets cost $25. They may be purchased at or Ace Hardware at the corner of Sandy Springs Circle and Hammond Drive; Gramma B’s Home and Garden, 300 Hammond Drive; or Antiques & Interiors, 6336 Roswell Road.

Proceeds from the tour go to the society’s grants program, which donates to non-profit groups in Sandy Springs.

Peachtree Battle home tour

The Peachtree Battle Spring Home and Garden Tour offers the chance to tour four homes on Peachtree Battle Avenue, which was paved in 1925 and named for an adjacent Civil War battlefield.

Homes on the tour include a 1961 house built on the highest hill on Peachtree Battle, a 1955 home on Habersham Road, a 1940s home on Havenridge and an award-winning newer home on Woodward Way that was designed to fit in with surrounding houses.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Lunch may be reserved ahead for $10. Proceeds from the tour benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets may be purchased at Gramercy Home, Mint Julep and the Children’s Shop at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center or Lush Life Gardens on East Andrews. For more information, go to