Garden Tour Set for Saturday
For the past decade, a garden tour has been held annually to benefit the flower and water gardens at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
This year’s tour will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All the gardens selected are located within the grounds of the Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC), 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst.
The event offers a variety of large and smaller garden venues. One property displays more than 45 mature Japanese maples. The tour offers majestic pines, myriad varieties of colorful and fragrant roses, vegetable gardens and inviting ponds as well as a 10-level cascading waterfall, lovely lake views, and interestingly designed patios and courts with oversized contemporary statuary.
One of the highlighted gardens on the tour is the serene and lovely landscape of the home of Dr. Craig and Scarlett Allison. What was once a sloping, pine straw-covered area stretching from the back of the house to the lake has been turned into a vision of beauty.
Starting with the upper decks, a path was created down the property. Today, these decks, lined with azaleas, provide access to the sloping garden. Tucked in on the right of the decks are multi-tiered waterfalls that empty into carefully crafted Tennessee stone-edged koi ponds. There are almost 10 levels of cascade here, providing a gentle sound as one views the perennial garden tucked in the rock wall below.
Standing at this point, look at the vast number of crape myrtles of varying sizes strategically placed around the property. Boulders were brought in to complement the landscape and are so naturally sited that they look as if they have always been there.
Down toward the salt-water pool, red and orange lantana provide splashes of color, and at the pool, azaleas and loropetalum create privacy under the massive magnolia trees. The pool house, with its inviting furniture, is a perfect place for entertaining and allows for a charming view of the landscape and its impressive waterfalls.
Another home on the tour is that of Debi and Darcy Carr. As visitors arrive at the front entry of this lovely home, they are greeted by a bountiful array of red knockout roses planted in the center of the circular drive.
This is a garden that respects the lines of the house in a creatively natural way. The plantings around the house include red Japanese maples, Nellie Stevens hollies, dogwoods, crape myrtles and liriope. The brick front walk extends to a stone patio on the left with a bench from which to view the cascading waterfall with water lilies and water iris.
The attractive entry has a symmetry created by the repetition of shapes that extend from the circular drive down the front walk to the circle around the three-tiered fountain and continues beyond through the front door to the semicircular center of the deck that overlooks the garden, golf course and lake.
For those who love secret spaces and wonder what lies behind closed gates, the garden of Dick and Debbie Schwob is something to see.
A carefully crafted flight of wooden steps leads to a quiet, peaceful front courtyard surrounded by hollies, azaleas and a white dogwood. The brick path to the side of the house and the one that is approached from the driveway lead to a charming small garden house on the right and a tall, curved brick wall on the left with that secret garden gate. Once opened, the vista is an eye-popping surprise and one of sophisticated elegance.
When Dick and Debbie moved to CCNC, they had hoped to live on the water. What they found was a pleasant view with a tiny pond that had been mostly filled in with trees blocking much of the view of the golf course. With desire and vision, they had the pond dug out, added natural boulders, planned the pool and waterfalls, and worked to create the landscape one sees today.
Ellen and Phil Pearsall’s home is named Casa Nel Busco. The setting is dominated by tall longleaf pines with crape myrtles and loropetalum that add texture and color. The stately entry court contains graceful camellia plantings and white dogwoods that greet visitors as they arrive.
This entire landscape presents an informal wooded setting in which to walk slowly and enjoy the ambience of the different planting areas that are found here.
The home of Jo Wilkinson is hidden away up a winding drive. A unique variety of sculptures from around the world enhance the landscape, first seen as you approach the house.
This landscape was designed by the noted international master landscape designer Richard Chevalier Bell, a native of Manteo. Bell, winner of many professional awards including induction into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for his many contributions to his home state, is committed to sustainable design, certainly evident in the naturalness of his landscape plan here.
The home of Howard and Michele Rockett reflects the creative drive and vision of Michele Rockett, for whom gardening has been a deep part of life.
Each of her special gardens, “Stream of Memories,” a Japanese concert garden, the flamingo garden and a tropics garden, offer special treats.
Avid gardeners will get ideas for plantings and flower arrangements, with Master Gardeners located at each home prepared to answer gardening questions. Volunteers will assist visitors to park within steps of each home.
Tickets are $20 for the garden tour only and $15 for lunch, which is at the CCNC clubhouse. Door prizes will be awarded following lunch and a professional lecture on landscape gardening tips begins at 2 p.m.
Advance tickets for the tour and lunch are $28 and are available at Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Ave., and at The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.
On the day of the event, tickets (without lunch) may be purchased at Assist-2-Sell Realty, opposite the entrance to CCNC. The rain date is Sunday, June 5.
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