Hay House, a property of The Georgia Trust, offers an array of events and programs throughout the year.

Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens

May 3-5, 2019

Hay House
934 Georgia Avenue
Macon, GA 31201

Enchanting gardens and historic home interiors await your discovery during Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens. This premier house and garden event, now in its 26th year, will be hosted by Hay House, a property of The Georgia Trust, in historic Macon, Georgia.

NEW THIS YEAR! Friday’s event features three lectures and a floral design workshop, followed by two days of tours on Saturday and Sunday. No tours will take place on Friday. The free Garden Market will once again be in operation around Hay House on Friday and throughout the weekend.

This year’s tour will feature houses and gardens in the National Register neighborhoods of Shirley Hills and North Highlands, just across the Ocmulgee River from downtown Macon.

North Highlands
Development of North Highlands began in 1898 on former plantation lands, and the streets abound in houses of various styles including Shingle, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival and Craftsman.

Shirley Hills
Shirley Hills was developed in 1922 according to a master plan, on acreage carved from the estate of U.S. Senator A.O. Bacon. Shirley Hills boasts many houses in the Colonial Revival, Neoclassical Revival and even Mid-century Modernist styles, including several works from one of Georgia’s first female architects, Ellamae Ellis League.

ALSO NEW THIS YEAR! Tickets include tours of gardens and houses.
Historic Interiors and Garden Tour – $30 per person in advance, $35 day of
Lecture and Floral Design Workshop Tickets – $10 per lecture (three total), $25 for workshop, or all 4 for $50

All purchased tickets will be placed on will call and will be available for pick-up at Hay House during the event.

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Garden Lectures and Floral Design Workshop

Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The two days of tours will be preceded on Friday by a day of three lectures and a floral design workshop. The lecturers will speak on gardening, Frederick Law Olmsted’s work in Atlanta’s Druid Hills and the history of Macon’s North Highlands and Shirley Hills. Please note that house and garden tours will NOT take place on Friday as they did in past years. The free Garden Market will once again be in operation around Hay House on Friday and throughout the weekend.

Friday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. at Hay House
Lecture: ALEX SMITH
Alex Smith has designed and implemented notable gardens and landscapes throughout the Southeast, from the mountain and lake regions of the Carolinas, to the Georgia and Florida coasts. Alex graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in landscape design and worked for the renowned Ryan Gainey for eight years as his lead designer and project manager. He also spent two summers in the Cotswolds working with famed British garden designer Rosemary Verey. A founding member of the Southeastern Horticultural Society, Alex serves on the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Garden Library and recently, served on the jury for the seventh annual Stanford White Awards in New York. A Macon native, Alex lives with his wife and three daughters in Dunwoody.

Friday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. at Hay House
Lecture: JIM BARFIELD
James Everett Barfield, Jr. is a local historian. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mercer University, and Georgia College and State University, he taught history in Bibb County for thirty years. Involved early in Macon’s historic preservation movement, he also has been involved with the Hay House for more than forty years. He has led rambles in Rose Hill Cemetery since 1990 and lectures frequently about Macon history and gardens. He is also a long- term resident of Shirley Hills.

Friday, May 3, 2:00 p.m. at Hay House
Lecture: SPENCER TUNNELL
Spencer Tunnell of Atlanta founded his landscape architecture firm in 1988 specializing in residential and estate landscapes. The firm’s portfolio includes the Boxwood Garden at Swan House, the new Master Plan and its implementation for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the implementation of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills, and most recently the restoration of the Philip Shutze “Goodrum House” landscape. A past chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Spencer received his degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia and has served as a part time faculty member in the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia.

Friday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. at Hay House
Floral Design Workshop: MARY PINSON 
Mary is the owner of Mary Pinson Floral Design Studio in downtown Macon. Mary grew up in Montgomery, Alabama where she cultivated an appreciation for celebrating often and entertaining thoughtfully, especially thanks to her mother’s fervor for hosting beautiful affairs. Design is at the heart of what sparks Mary’s soul. With each Master Class at Flower School New York, she refines her calling. Her taste for fashion, art and music and her value of family and friends provide constant influence on both her work and life.

Historic Interiors and Garden Tour

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Amble at your leisure through blooming private gardens and several stunning private houses on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, in the Shirley Hills and North Highlands neighborhoods. Please note that house and garden tours will NOT take place on Friday, May 3.

During the weekend, ticket holders will receive a complimentary tour of Hay House, the Italian Renaissance Revival mansion (1855-59) and National Historic Landmark. You will not want to miss seeing the exciting, current restorations underway on the third level of the house.

FREE Garden Market

Friday, May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Nestled among historic magnolias and camellias, the Garden Market returns to the beautiful lawn of Hay House in the heart of downtown Macon. Browse charming vendor booths for flowering plants and trees, perennials, garden and patio accessories, potted plants, home accents, and much more! 

Ticket Information

Historic Interiors and Garden Tour Tickets
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
$30 in advance, $35 day of

Garden Lectures and Floral Design Workshop Tickets
Friday, May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$10 per lecture, $25 for workshop, or all 4 for $50

FREE Garden Market
Friday, May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Purchase Tickets

During the event weekend, tickets will be for sale under the large white tent on the grounds of Hay House. All sales are final. ALL purchased tickets will be placed on will call and available for pick-up at Hay House during the event.

Advance Ticket Sale Locations

Prior to the event, tickets are available at the following locations from April 1 until May 2:

  • Riverside ACE Hardware: 3600 Riverside Drive, Macon
  • Wesleyan ACE Hardware: 5020 Forsyth Road, Macon
  • Rutland ACE Hardware: 6173 Houston Road, Macon
  • ACE Hardware of Gray: 243 West Clinton Street, Gray
  • Circle ACE Hardware: 215 S. Commercial Circle, Warner Robins
  • Easy Living Garden Center: 400 N. Perry Parkway, Perry
  • Agape Nursery: 3724 Agape Village Road, Macon
  • Creter’s, 2374 Ingleside Avenue, Macon
  • Johnson’s Garden Center & Florist: 140 Hartley Avenue, Macon

Tickets are also available for purchase at Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon. Or by phone: (478) 742-8155

Purchase Tickets

During the event weekend, tickets will be for sale under the large white tent on the grounds of Hay House. All sales are final. ALL purchased tickets will be placed on will call and available for pick-up at Hay House during the event.

Spring Stroll Sponsors


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