Birding at Woodlands Garden Tomorrow!

From Ruby at Woodlands:

“We welcome the return of the Atlanta Audubon Society for another early morning bird walk. We’ll gather near the office building at 8am TOMORROW –  Saturday, September 6. Our Audubon leaders will be Ralph Smith and Liz Hornsby who will help everyone, even beginners like me, identify birds by sight and sound. We will use this walk to try out our new Woodlands Bird List, skillfully and graciously put together by Ralph and his wife Susan McWethy.


Ralph (he’s a busy birder) and Linda Karr have revived our Birding Committee after a period of dormancy. Years ago, Cheryl Kanes and Barbara Giebelhaus visited regularly through four seasons to compile an extensive list of birds seen here in the Garden. We put up a couple of bird feeders and a birdbath, and then we got busy with other things. Recent meetings with Audubon staff and Ralph and Linda have brought birding at Woodlands back to the foreground (although the birds have always been happy here, committee or not).  


We would like to find a few more people to join the Birding Committee. Duties will include placing, cleaning and re-filling feeders and birdbaths, and of course tracking the species seen here. If you are interested, please contact”

The Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher

Stay Active This Weekend in Decatur and Beyond

It looks like another great weekend in Decatur  and there are lots of things to do outside!


Walking through Hidden Cove Park

Walking through Hidden Cove Park

Decatur BIkes leads a casual, no-drop ride to Stone Mountain every Saturday. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store and be ready to go at 8 am. Helmets are required.Concerts on the Square, 7:00 until 9:30 pm. Bring your picnic or pick up a meal to go from one of our many restaurants and join the community for a free concert. Grant Green Jr is the featured musician this week.

It is not too late to get your ticket for Decatur’s Kitchen Garden Dinner Party.  Steinbecks and Leon’s Full Service are taking the lead along with some of Decatur finest chefs to provide the menu for a sumptuous outdoor dinner party hosted at the Decatur Cemetery.

I know it is out of Decatur, but you may want to ride your bike over to Atlanta Streets Alive this Sunday from 2 until 6 pm.

Any Day:
Woodlands Garden is open during daylilght hours every day of the week. Stop by and take a stroll among native plants. Enjoy peace and serenity in the middle of Decatur. You won’t even know the road is nearby.

Hop on your bike or take a walk to any of our great parks and greenspaces. Bring a picnic or stop in route at one of Decatur’s restaurants.

Visit the playground at Glenlake Park – the adult “play area” is right next to the children’s area. Mom and Dad can work out on the adult equipment while the children play on theirs.

Looks Like a Good Weekend to Play Outside!

Wow! We may actually have a nice weekend without rain! So what are YOU going to do?


Here are some suggestions:

  • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon at one of Decatur’s greenspaces or parks.
  • Walk the trails at Hidden Cove Park or Glenn Creek Nature Preserve
  • Stroll through Woodlands Garden any day during daylight hours.
  • Take a ride or stroll through Decatur Cemetery. Follow the walking tour map to discover the history there. Maps are available here or stop by the Decatur Visitor’s Center to pick one up.
  • Play tennis.

Decatur Bikes leads a casual, no drop ride to Stone Mountain. Meet in the CVS parking lot at 8 am. Good group of folks and they will not leave you in the dust. Trust me- they were patient and waited for me.

Sam’s Freight Room Ride, 2 pm. Meet across from the Old Train Depot on West Howard STreet. A no-drop ride through Avondale, Oakhurst and Decatur. Refreshments at a local watering hole after the ride.

Sunday in the Garden at Woodlands, 2 -4 pm. Stroll through the gardens and listen to music at the pavilion. Nice way to escape without having to actually leave Decatur! Consider walking or biking over as parking is limited. You can also park at Westchester and stroll over from there.

Table Tennis at Decatur Recreation Center, 10 am – 1 pm. Free to residents, $2 for non-residents. All levels are welcome.

Indoor Soccer at the Recreation Center, 3:15 – 5:15 pm. Free to residents.


Whatever you do, stay active in Decatur!!

Staying Active This Weekend in Decatur

Okay, it may rain all weekend, but just in case, here are some things to do outside. And if it does rain, we have some ideas for things to do inside as well!

If it DOES NOT rain:

Join Decatur BIkes for the weekly ride to Stone Mountain. This no-drop ride is fun and casual. Meet in the CVS parking lot across the street from Decatur Bikes at 8 am. Helmets are required.

Sams’ Freight Room Ride occurs every Saturday at 2pm. An eay 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur is mainly on residential streets. Special attention given to beginning riders. Leaves from 410 E Howard Ave. Afterwards the group will go to a local restauratn for refreshments and socializing. Helmets are required. For more information contact Lynne Rosner at

Decatur BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in Harmony Park in Oakhurst from 4p  – 10 pm.

The monthly Bicycle South ride to Stone Mountain is this Sunday and all levels of riders are welcome. Another no-drop ride, it leaves from Bicycle South at 9am on Sunday morning. This is another fun, casual ride and helmets are required.

Saturday or Sunday:
Take a stroll in Woodlands Garden on Scott Boulevard. Open to the community during daylight hours every day! Bike or walk over as parking is limited. Or park at Westchester and walk over from there.

Visit Glenlake Park. Children can play on the playground while the adults “play” on the adult exercise equipment.  We do not recommend that children play on the adult equipment as they may be hurt or injured. It is not built for their little bodies.

Swim at one of our  three great public pools.

Play some tennis at one of our public courts.

OR just take a stroll or bike ride around your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors.

If it DOES rain:

Stop by Decatur Recreation Center  and take a casual walk or run on our indoor walking track. It is available during regular hours on Saturday and free to the community. If it clears up while you are here, step out back to enjoy Scott Park. The drop by the Decatur Branch of the library and  browse the thousands of books.

Family Play at the Decatur Recreation Center gym from 2-4 pm on Saturdays. Bring a ball and shoot some hoops with your family. Free to residents, $2 for non-residents.

Stop by Decatur Recreation Center and join the Decatur Pongers for some fun table tennis. from 10 am until 1 pm. Beginners to advanced players are welcome to attend. Free to residents and $2 for non-residents.


Ride Your Bike, Visit a Garden….Be Active Decatur!

There is always something to do in Decatur!


Start the day off with a bicycle ride to Stone Mountain. Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride with friendly people. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store  by 8 am and join the fun.

Looking for a shorter more instructive ride? The two Mikes will lead an Intro to Group Riding at 1:30 pm. Meet in the parking lot of Glenwood School. More information is here.

Take a class at The Wylde Center. There is a chicken class and a solar hot water class this Saturday. Click here to check out their offerings.

Take a ride or walk over to Woodlands Garden. The garden is open to the public every day during daylight hours. Click here for more information. Parking is limited so you will want to walk, bike or park at Westchester and walk over.

Reminder: Register for the KP Corporate Run/Walk to be part of Team Decatur – the cost of registration goes up August 12 at 5pm AND we are ordering shirts next week. You know you want a shirt! Visit for more information and register today!


News from Woodlands Garden


From Ruby Bock at Woodlands Garden:

Happy Spring to All!


Here at Woodlands Garden red maples are opening through the woods, azaleas are starting to flower, and the crabapple outside the office is stunning. Closer to the ground we see the spring ephemerals: trillium, rue anemone, bloodroot, celandine poppy, and mayapple.


To celebrate the spring equinox, the volunteer Mid-Week Gardeners took a field trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens where Jamie Blackburn, curator of the woodland gardens there, led us on a delightful and informative walk through the Southern Seasons Garden. At least a dozen winterhazel shrubs were blooming in beautiful shades of yellow, surrounded by hundreds of daffodils. A few of us continued to visit the fantastic orchid collections, and we all enjoyed our visit to this Atlanta treasure. If you have been thinking of joining the Mid-Week Gardeners, now is a good time. We work every other Wednesday, with educational (and fun!) field trips at regular intervals. Just reply to this email or show up for our next workday on Wednesday, April 3, 9-11am.


Sunday in the Garden falls on Easter Sunday this month, March 31, 2-4pm.  We will celebrate the collection of over 100 camellia shrubs as they present their grand finale for the year.   Hosts will be here to greet you, and, if it’s cool, we’ll have one last fire in the Pavilion. After your holiday celebrations, come to Woodlands for a quiet walk in a woodland full of spring glory.


In April the new music season will begin. George and Phyllis, the music coordinators, are lining up a talented collection of musicians to entertain you, free of charge, in the Pavilion. We’ll be here every Sunday in April.

For more information about Woodlands Garden click here.

Sunday in the Garden

What a nice way to spend the Sunday after Thanksgiving! Consider riding your bike or walking over to Woodlands Garden for a pleasant Sunday afternoon, November 25 from 2-4pm.

From Ruby Bock:

 Complete your holiday weekend with a quiet walk on the trails through the woods here at Woodlands Garden. The Japanese maples are stunning this year, and we hope they will hold their leaves through the weekend. Beech trees are coming into their glory with shades of brown, gold and yellow. The birds seem to be very happy, and we’ve had several major hawk sightings recently.

We’re expecting perfect autumn weather, and we’ll build a warm fire and serve hot drinks in the Pavilion.

For more information, click here.

Sunday in the Garden and More from Woodlands Garden

Ruby Bock shares all the fun activities at  Woodlands this weekend. Take a stroll or ride your bicycle over to the Garden for opportunities to have fun in the great fall weather.

Sunday in the Garden with Musical Surprises

This coming Sunday, October 21, 2-4pm, we’re quite pleased to welcome, for the first time, Allison Adams and Friends. Allison is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, mandolinist, ukulelist, and concertinist who has been making music on Atlanta’s acoustic scene for more than a decade. Her debut solo release, Redbud Winter, won her a slot as a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2008, and these days she is hard at work recording her second CD, The Strawberry Girls. Allison’s music is influenced by sounds she heard growing up in Rabun County, from local bluegrass and traditional music and a lot of southern rock, to her father’s Grandpa Jones albums and her mother’s The Sound of Music soundtrack.

On October 28, for the grand finale of the musical season, we look forward to hearing Danny Feig-Sandoval and Friends. Danny seems to have a lot of them – friends, that is – and we hear that they’re working up a good show.  Details will be announced next week.

 Sunday, October 21 – 4:30-6pm – Guided Autumn Stroll and Tree Identification

Woodlands has again partnered with the Wylde Center to offer a special class: Robby Astrove, environmental educator, native plant enthusiast and park ranger at Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, will lead a walk through Woodlands under the changing fall canopy. We’ll learn to identify trees and shrubs, and Robby will tell us some stories about some of his favorite plants.  

For more information on Woodlands Garden, click here.

Decatur to get New Lights for Playing Fields

The softball and baseball fields at Decatur’s McKoy and Oakhurst Parks will get new lighting systems, with construction expected to start Oct.1 and take about three months.  Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said the new lights  will be 15 percent more efficient and spread far less glare to surrounding neighborhoods.  The system will be installed by Daveco Electrical of Boynton Beach, Florida, which constructed lights for the Florida Marlins stadium and the Boston Red Sox spring training facility.  The current McKoy and Oakhurst lights are more than 50 years old.  


Stories in the Woods….at Woodlands