Lady Banks Climbs 30 Feet into Adjacent Trees

I have been waiting for this rose to bloom. For weeks I saw it climbing through the branches of the surrounding trees in a way that made it look like the tree had leafed out when it hadn’t. I was a bit worried when the rose started blooming profusely down near the base of the plant, that it was going to spend all of its energy blooming the bottom 10 feet but not at the top. But then, this weekend,  it started blooming all the way up what must be 30 feet into the surrounding trees.

And right on the heels of this display the peonies are getting ready to bloom. With all of the water they got this year, the plants and buds are looking really good. I will report with a photo when they bloom!

For Food’s Sake: Secret Supper for 50 at the Urban Oasis

Esther Andrew’s secret supper club, For Food’s Sake, held its April dinner here at Urban Oasis last night. The evening was beautiful and we had a dinner for fifty seated family style outside on the back landing. This five course meal was prepared to perfection by Chefs, Stephen Herman and Matt Swickerath of  the Brookhaven restaurant, Haven.

Vegetables from Doug Dillard’s, Dillwood Farms were showcased and Doug praised the job, Master Gardener, Cindy Harris, is doing for him and for all of us who eat their produce.

Urban Oasis has our garden going growing five types of lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, kale and chard and squash. We really have worked hard to get the garden all mulched, the party lights up and the new patio poured by the time of this event. It is always great to have a deadline to make sure everything looks so good all at one time! Here are the photos I took.

Photos taken at The Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast

Hi Judi,

Sean and I very much enjoyed our stay last month at Urban Oasis. Thank you again for the hospitality and the fabulous recommendations for lunch and dinner. We had a great time visiting Atlanta!

Thought you might like some of the photos I took while at your place. Your cat was a moody model, but worth it, I love how this picture came out!


Thanks again,


Angie and Jim Get Married

We had a beautiful evening for Angie and Jim’s reception at the Urban Oasis B and B. Here are some photos of the set up. I have some movie footage from my new flip camera if I ever get it together I will post the video from the reception when it was in full swing! Angie and Jim actually had their marriage ceremony at a park in Ansley where they use to spend a lot of time when they first started dating.  After the ceremony they saw a couple siting on a bench who it turns out got married in that same park thirty years before.

The guests got to Krog Street about 6:30 where their was a pasta bar buffet and the SANA Blues Band waiting to party. The weather was divine just perfect for leaving the doors wide open and guests wandering in and out. The brides whole family stayed here with us and were delightful. I think they had a great time being here all together. We served them and the newly married couple a brunch of Shrimp and Grits on Sunday morning which was a nice end to a great weekend.

Campaign At Krog Street

The Urban Oasis was a staging location for the Obama get out the vote effort in the Intown Atlanta voting precincts. Dene Shepherd tirelessly organized the minions for this effort and got to be a good friend and now business partner of mine in our recent start-up web design business, New Tricks. In fact, The Urban Oasis also doubles as the New Tricks World Headquarters. It is a fine place to work and with the gardens and tranquility, you would never guess it was only one mile from downtown.