May 19, 2012 by Sandra Jonas GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR There is nothing like a garden tour for some inspiration and the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Gardens for connoisseurs Tour” is one of the best. The gardens, all private, ranged from highly manicured to woodland all in the heart of the city. Here are some photos I took….. I liked the way formal elements were incorporated in to this woodland paradise…. as well as a formidable Bonsai collection. Also, the groundplane changed to mark the transition from one garden room to another….. Then there is the patio area around the house…. And opposite the French Doors…… I could go on and on about this garden, it is 2.75 acres with two creeks and boasts 300 different cultivars of Japanese Maples. I did not want to leave. In stark contrast, the next garden was about as formal as Versailles! Well actually, Vaux le Vicomte , the predecessor to the gardens at Versailles. The above garden in search of Edward Sissorshands and an assistant! The tour will continue. I took over 250 photos!