Tour a Whimsical Georgia Garden

Passionate gardeners and art collectors, Lee and Mike Dunn have built a lush garden out of three wild acres near Atlanta.

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Photo By: Photo by Ben Rollins

Welcome to the Dunns' Garden!

A white rose-topped pergola greets visitors and ushers them into the welcome garden beyond.

Enter the Beauty

The welcome garden features a curved sidewalk leading to the wide front porch. Beds of shrubs, roses and perennials line the pathway.

Soothing Sounds of Water

A waterfall trickles down a rock wall alongside the driveway, spilling into a water garden stocked with large Japanese koi.

Beauty at Every Turn

A lone volunteer of yellow columbine greets visitors to the front garden.

Potting Shed Charm

A prolific climbing hydrangea engulfs the roof of the Dunns' charming backyard potting shed.

Antiques Galore

The Dunns love to collect antiques and architectural relics. Here, an old pavement roller accents a few container gardens.

Climbing Color

Purple clematis flounces along the top of a white picket fence lining the driveway.

Pergola Panache

The pergola design for the front welcome garden is repeated at the entrance to the rear kitchen garden. Planting beds spill with snapdragons, verbena and other perennials.

Birders' Paradise

A unique aviary from Belgium stands sentinel in the kitchen garden.

Kitchen Garden Quaintness

The kitchen garden features a trough spilling with herbs and tomatoes. 

Cozy Outdoor Kitchen

The sunken outdoor kitchen is surrounded by benches made of stone and centered by a fire pit, ideal for year-round entertaining.

Snuggle Up!

A rustic stone fireplace anchors the sunken outdoor kitchen, lending a cozy spot in fall and winter for drinks or dinner.

Color Everywhere

Chartreuse Creeping Jenny forms the perfect foil for fuchsia colored roses.

Structure and Form

An extremely large Harry Lauder's Walking Stick beside the kitchen garden has such a sculptural form it's almost like a natural piece of art.

Backyard Solitude

The back yard is bordered by gardens that brim with trees, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals, accented by an antique gazebo, an arbored bench and birdhouses.

Gazebo Charm

An antique Victorian gazebo provides not only a focal point but also a convenient seating area for the back garden.

Repurposing Rules

A rustic antique railroad car takes on new life in the outdoor kitchen as a handy coffee table.

Gardening Made Fun

A metal frog sculpture offers a nice surprise, tucked in one of the perennial beds.

Entertaining Options

Plants surround an intimate outdoor dining area, including stacked wall planters spilling with orange calibrachoa.

Taking it All In

Mike and Lee Dunn explore their white garden to see what's in bloom. The Dunns are passionate gardeners and art collectors, and have transformed three wild acres into a woodland estate showcasing distinct garden rooms accented with garden art.

Study in White

One of the Dunns' favorite garden rooms is the white garden, featuring not only white-flowering plants but also foliage that is gray or green and white variegated.

Colorful Accents

Colorful Mexican zinnias accent the garden with bold summer color.

Timeless Focal Points

An iron armillary forms a focal point in one of the smaller garden rooms.

Artful Whimsy

A whimsical metal art sculpture brings a smile to those touring the cutting garden.

Come Into the Shade!

A rustic arbor ushers visitors from the sunny perennial garden into the woodland shade garden.

Cool Down

A mulched pathway descends to the lush shade garden, lined with giant hostas, frilly ferns, and billowy hydrangeas.

Mirror, Mirror

A pair of oval mirrors on a wall in the shade garden reflect the lush foliage of hostas, ferns and other tropical plants.

Or You Can Go That Way...

Whimsy can be found throughout the Dunn garden. Take this turtle sculpture—originally part of a town promotion in nearby Sandy Springs, Georgia—for example.

Rest a Spell

An old rusty bicycle and a weathered bench add a touch of whimsy in the shade garden.

Rocky Flight

A rock-covered birdhouse on a pole shrouded in clematis vine accents the back garden.

Sitting Pretty

A wood-carved stool provides a rustic respite in the shade garden.

Graceful Exit

A wishing well on axis with the exit to the kitchen garden lends an inviting focal point. At right is a whimsical concrete bench with rabbits as supports. The talk of this garden room, however, is the antique aviary.

Say Goodbye to Deer

A grated bridge across the driveway is designed to keep deer from entering the garden—a major problem the Dunns have battled for years.