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Room envy: Take breath of fresh air in this cozy, private courtyard

Any outdoor room is nice, but a courtyard scores extra points. “It’s an exterior space that’s cozy and private,” says Atlanta architect Timothy Adams, whose patio design in Watercolor, Florida, is surrounded by the house.

Specialty Garden Center: Wilkerson Mill Gardens

Elizabeth Dean and Gene Griffith have turned their South Fulton nursery into a regional destination for hydrangea enthusiasts.

Outdoor Furniture: Authenteak

The 15,000-square-foot showroom of Authenteak features more than 100 sets of outdoor furniture, plus kitchens, fire pits, grills, rugs, fabrics, and accessories.

Plant Sale: Georgia Native Plant Society Annual Sale

Plants most likely to survive Atlanta’s unpredictable weather extremes are native species, and the place to find the widest selection of them is at the Georgia Native Plant Society’s annual sale.

Best-Kept Secret for Unusual Plants: Maple Ridge Nursery

This East DeKalb nursery offers one of the most wide-ranging selections of hard-to-find Japanese maple cultivars in the Southeast, a collector’s dream of unusual conifer cultivars, and more than 200 hosta varieties.

Do-it-at-Home Garden Tour: Cobb Master Gardeners’ Annual Tour

Tour landscapes designed on a realistic scale—like most gardeners’ actual yards—and meet the green thumbs who grew them at this annual Mother’s Day weekend tour.

Place to Find Garden Art: Raiford Gallery

This gallery offers a Noah’s Ark of ostriches, giraffes, dogs, cats, and other critters that an imaginative Kentucky team crafts from scrap metal.

Meet Up: The Atlanta Outdoor Club

The Atlanta Outdoor Club organizes events every day, at as many as a dozen spots each weekend, from local gems like Sope Creek to bucket-list destinations like the German Alps.
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12 Great Georgia Hikes

Georgia's landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!).

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