Garden Tour Stop

Make Autrey Mill Nature Preserve your first stop on your Johns Creek Beautification Secret Garden Tour and meet PBS TV’s “Growing a Greener World” host Joe Lamp’l at 9:30 AM.  Joe Lamp’l, the “Joe” behind joegardener® ” will do a presentation on Vegetable Gardening followed by a book signing event with a portion of the proceeds donated to Autrey Mill Nature Preserve!   Follow this with a stroll through our beautiful gardens with artists painting, take a tour of one or all of our historic buildings, and make sure to try the guided hike to see our wild Pink Lady Slipper Orchids.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Board of Directors invites you to enjoy desserts and snacks on the back porch of the Summerour House. Funds raised will help us maintain each of our unique gardens, historic village, and animal ambassadors throughout the year. We can’t wait to see you on the garden tour!


Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
Under the Pole Barn
9770 Autrey Mill Road
Johns Creek, GA 3022

Saturday May 6th, 2023

More Information:
Each historic building will be open for guided tours led by Autrey Mill Nature Preserve volunteers and staff. The Summerour House will be open for tours and will be the meeting place for Lady Slipper Tours. Desserts, Snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase on the back porch of the Summerour House. You don’t need to buy a ticket to come to Autrey Mill Nature Preserve but if you want to enjoy the whole tour and see the Secret Gardens of the Johns Creek Community please go to to buy your tickets.

Joe sitting next to a garden

About Joe Lamp’l:

“As one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and green-
living, that passion for living a greener life is evident to a nationwide audience who watches
Joe in his current role as Creator, Executive Producer and Host of the Emmy Award-winning
PBS series, Growing a Greener World® and previously as host of Fresh from the Garden
on DIY Network and GardenSMART on PBS.

Joe also produces and hosts the popular gardening podcast The joe gardener Show, and he shares his know-how with thousands of students in The joegardener® Online Gardening Academy, which he created in 2019 to teach gardeners of all levels to Grow like a pro.™

Joe is also the founder and the “Joe” behind—a website and digital media platform devoted to environmentally responsible gardening and sustainable outdoor living. Joe is deeply committed to “growing a greener world” through his television series, podcast, online courses, and books which include, The Vegetable Gardening Book.

When not talking or writing about gardening and living green, Joe can likely be found in and around his organic garden and spending time with his family on their north Atlanta, GA farm.”

“Joe Lamp’l’s (aka joe gardener®) infatuation with gardening and nature began as a child. After a run-in with his parents’ favorite shrub, he panicked and jammed the broken branch into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root. Joe was not only relieved; he was also hooked on horticulture.”

Joe Lamp’l
Creator & Executive Producer: Growing a Greener World®

Founder: & The Online Gardening Academy™

The Online Gardening Academy™

The joe gardener Show Podcast

The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center of today was built under the leadership and vision of the board, talented staff, and local government officials. Identified as a potential nature preserve by Fulton County in 1972 but not purchased, advocates stepped up when zoning threatened the property in 1987. This grassroots effort saved the woodland’s unique environment and the site of the old “Autrey” grist mill. It also prevented the demolition of the historic buildings on the property. The vital help of generous public and private supporters and the indispensable work of volunteers were key to the organization’s success and still are to this day.

The founders of Autrey Mill established a tax-deductible 501 (c)3 nonprofit association and signed their first lease with Fulton County, to operate in September 1988.

Upon the incorporation of the City of Johns Creek in 2006, Autrey Mill officially became a city park and preserve. This created a unique partnership with the City of Johns Creek and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association.

Autrey Mill’s mission is to create a destination and educational resource to inspire exploration, appreciation, and preservation of the natural environment and local history. The Association is a proud steward of the preserve, and historic buildings, and provides all the environmental, heritage, and event programming offered to the community.