Check out these neighborhood home and garden tours this spring

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This spring, you’re invited to tour some of metro Atlanta’s most beautiful blooming gardens and artfully decorated homes. From giant hydrangeas to native plants, the tours showcase the beauty and wonder of gardening, offering practical lessons for the aspiring home gardener, and indispensable inspiration for every outdoor enthusiast.

Here are eight neighborhood home and garden tours to check out this spring:

American Hydrangea Society’s Garden Tour

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 11, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, facebook.com/americanhydrangeasociety.

The annual American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour, now in its 27th year, will feature a number of beautiful gardens in the north Atlanta area for your enjoyment. The genus Hydrangea will be featured in a variety of settings in both large and small gardens during the tour.

Atlanta Home Show

March 18–20, Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, atlantahomeshow.com.

At the state’s largest home show, visitors can reimagine an entire house from roof to deck. More than 250 vendors and speakers, including HGTV’s Mina Starsiak Hawk and master gardener Renae Lemon, will be available for inspiration, tips, and price shopping at Cobb Galleria.

Cobb Gardeners Tour

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 14, Green Meadows Preserve, 3780 Dallas Highway, Marietta, cobbmastergardeners.com.

Explore five beautiful Cobb County gardens on this outdoor tour. At each stop, learn tips and tricks on how to create a healthy, blooming garden from onsite master gardeners.

Georgia Native Plant Society Intown Atlanta Habitat Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 2, 932 Scott Blvd, Decatur, gnps.org.

The first-ever GNPS Intown Atlanta Habitat Tour will be held on Saturday, April 2. As you stroll through relaxing habitats created to restore nature, connect with native plant friends and find inspiration for ways to increase biodiversity in your own yard or patio. Six properties in the Decatur/Emory area are included on the tour, including four private and two public habitats.

Inman Park Festival

April 22-24, Inman Park, Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, inmanparkfestival.org.

While this festival has something for everyone — live music, kids’ activities, a parade and an artists’ market — the tour of homes is the festival’s crown jewel. Explore beautiful properties on tree-lined streets, ranging from historic Victorian homes to modern lofts, at this neighborhood festival now in its 50th year.

Midtown Garden Stroll

Noon to 5 p.m., May 15, Midtown Garden District, Atlanta, midtownatlanta.org.

The Midtown Garden Stroll is a free self-guided tour and takes place throughout the Historic Midtown Garden District. The stroll offers a unique opportunity to see some of Midtown’s most beautiful private gardens, fountains, espaliers, backyard beekeeping, intricate brickwork and other inspiring ideas.

Roswell Woman’s Club Spring Home & Garden Tour

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23, 821 Atlanta Street, Roswell, visitroswellga.com.

This walking tour takes you to four beautifully decorated homes in Historic Downtown Roswell near Canton Street. The proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit North Fulton Charities and Education.

Smyrna Art and Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30, Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna, keepsmyrnabeautiful.com.

This self-guided tour will take you through some of Smyrna’s most beautiful private gardens, as well as some of the most beautiful works of art on display throughout the homes. Ticket holders are welcome to visit the Brawner Hall tea room at any time during the tour for refreshments and to browse the displays of local goods and services from the plant and art sale.