S.P. Garden Club Plans Annual Tour
The Southern Pines Garden Club announces its 59th annual home and garden tour will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The tour will start at the Campbell House.
"Visit our garden boutique while you are there," says a spokesman. "It features pottery, garden gifts and more from Griffin and Taylor, Botanicals and Seagrove Orchids.."
Renowned garden designers Mary and Hugh Dargan will sign their new book, "Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan."
Artists Helene Ozment and Susan Edquist will present fine garden pastels and watercolors.
Homes on the tour include that of Hope and Michael Price.
Through a heavy, iron strap-hinged gate, Hope and Michael Price welcome visitors to their garden, originally laid out by landscape architect, Alfred B. Yeomans in 1913.
A short staircase off the lower driveway leads to light woods. Once, a boxwood maze entertained guests of the Highland Pines Hotel, of which this property was a part.
Over the years, wings have been added to this Aymar Embury II cottage, and some plantings have been changed, but the garden itself remains very much as Yeomans conceived it.
The owners have added pea gravel walks and iron arbors covered in new Dawn roses. New fig and pomegranate trees hug the south side of the house, and to the west, a handsome pergola shades the terrace which abuts the cascading water garden.
Worthy of note is Yeomans' use of terra cotta brick edging covered in molded weathered cement. This masonry border is rarely seen, but was often used in base walls, under stucco and brick facing, on the English/Norman country houses that Yeomans later designed in this very neighborhood.
This gifted architect was asked by the Boyds to lay out Weymouth Heights.
The unusual (for the time) curved roads of this neighborhood were planted with magnificent trees and shrubs. Today, almost a century later, Yeomans' vision and foresight reward the entire Weymouth community.
Other homes on the tour are those of Liz and Jonathan Richman, Billie Ann and Wayne Peterson at CCNC, Melinda and David Collie of Pinehurst, Jessica Tennes of Southern Pines, Brant and Meredith Clifton at CCNC, and Lloyd Cutler of Southern Pines.
Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, Griffin and Taylor Antiques and Gardens in Pinehurst and The Campbell House in Southern Pines.
All proceeds go to town beautification.
Tickets are available on the day of the tour at each house at a cost of $20.
Lunch is available at the Country Club of North Carolina for $15.
Maps are available with ticket purchase.
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