Formed in 1994, the American Hydrangea Society is an avenue for people who love hydrangeas to "study and learn about the genus Hydrangea, its species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance," according to www.americanhydrangeasociety.org.
"They're (hydrangea) big and beautiful and they're easy to care for. There's blue, and pink, and purple, and lavender, and there's white," said AHS Garden Tour chair Gloria Ward.
"There are not many blue flowers out there, a true blue flower. Hydrangeas give you that blue."
Hydrangea lovers can enjoy this bold, beautiful flower at six metro Atlanta hydrangea-filled gardens, including the Cobb County gardens of Marsha Yeager and Ted and Pat Plomgren.
Cost is $25 per ticket or $40 for a second member ticket and includes membership in AHS.
Tickets will not be available at the homes. Visit www.americanhydrangeasociety.org for purchasing and a list of sponsors.
A beautiful garden created in stages with the back divided into sections by a stacked fieldstone retaining wall. The upper level contains two large flowering borders that run the length of the wall and are filled with a profusion of colorful perennials. The lower section is divided by a cedar fence, which forms the foreground for the white garden and numerous varieties of hydrangeas. The highlight is two large rose beds and two wonderful cedar arbors to the right and left. The front garden is filled with many varieties of hydrangeas that fill both sides of the central entrance. The 10-year-old greenhouse is a must-see.
The garden of an avid plant collector began in 1982, one area at a time. This four-season garden evolved over the years to include a cottage perennial border, mixed border, woodland garden and tranquil garden. The collections include unique varieties of ornamentals, 22 Japanese maples, more than 50 different hydrangea cultivars, and 40 varieties of clematis. Container gardens are also scattered throughout.