S.P. Garden Club Hosts 64th Tour
The Southern Pines Garden Club announces its 64th Annual Home and Garden Tour featuring homes and gardens Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Proceeds from the tour support community beautification and horticultural education projects. Maps will be provided with tickets, and Country Club of North Carolina luncheon buffet tickets are available the day of the tour. Lunch cost is $17. Valet parking is available, and cash or checks are accepted.
Houses on the tour include Magnolia Close, in Southern Pines, the houses of William and Ruffles Clement, of Southern Pines, Earl and Anne Ellis, of Pinehurst, and Lenard and Rita DiNapoli, of Pinehurst. In addition, the garden of Morris and Nancy Minton will be featured.
The tour begins at the Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., in Southern Pines. This lovely Georgian brick home was a part of a 2,000-acre tract purchased at the turn of the century by businessman and author James Boyd. Paintings and other art are on display.
The DiNapoli Home
A brick bordered drive leads up to this traditional Old World-style plantation house, which is open and gracious and full of treasures to be discovered. It was built in 2004 with the purpose to fit the style and historical significance of the village of Pinehurst.
The home has a great flow for entertaining and showcases the beautiful antiques and collections of art of all kinds. The foyer is columned and arched and is home to a beautiful landscape mural. The couple exhibit an eclectic collection of oil painting dating from the 1800s to the 20th century. Other collections of mercury glass, china, crystal and Italian porcelain can be found throughout the home.
Rita DiNapoli is a Master Gardener. Her talents can be seen in the attention to detail in the secluded rear garden, which features a hydrangea- and lily-lined koi pond and a waterfall.
Sitting at the top of Weymouth, this stately home commands a view of the surrounding magnolia-scattered landscape. The owners meticulously renovated the former Alfred B. Yeoman's Dutch Colonial while retaining the home's simple beauty and modernizing it with two additions.
The eclectic interior is warm and functional, reflecting the owners' lifestyle and heritage with family antiques and a collection of beautiful art. >
An additional feature of an extensive walled courtyard adds casual living space and extends the street presence of this gracious family home. Flowers, shrubs, herbs and vegetables add color while softening the interior walls of the courtyard, which feature sculpture scattered throughout. >
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The Clement Home
As you approach "Clembrook," you pass through an antique wrought iron gate held in place by pre-Civil War brick columns. >A large Lebanese cypress frames the veranda and front entrance. >Started in 1918 and completed in 1924, the home was commissioned by the Fownes family, from Pittsburgh. >
The historic gardens, which surround the house, were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and fashioned after the Henry VIII European garden rooms. >Waiting to be discovered is the pre-Civil War cypress and brick pool house, which was originally served as slave quarters in South Carolina. >It was moved to the property at the turn of the century.
The Ellis Home
This gracious home is located on a naturally wooded lot on the South golf course at Forest Creek. A thorough renovation produced beautiful millwork, an elegant master bath, a home theater and game room. Antiques and an extensive collection of Bing and Grondahl plates are decorative elements throughout this spacious four-bedroom house.
At the back of the house, extensive landscaping features encourage the visitor to discover new elements. A stream runs from the lower deck. From there, a series of paths leads to the Fairy Rock and a terraced garden with raised beds for vegetables, herbs and flowers.
The Minton Garden
The stately Colonial home on two acres at the Country Club of North Carolina is a copy of a historic house in old Williamsburg. The garden appropriately imitates a classic Williamsburg garden patterned of concentric circles. This structured design utilizes dogwoods and azaleas. Lovely ferns, boxwoods and a tall laurel hedge are recent additions.
In the rear garden area, there is a classic period smokehouse which the owners converted into a potting shed. A charming vegetable and flower garden with a center fountain is an outstanding feature not to be missed.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Country Bookshop or the Campbell House, Southern Pines; or Lyne's Furniture Gallery, Pinehurst (Tuesday through Saturday). Advance tickets cost $15, and tickets purchased the day of the tour are $20 and will be available at Campbell House.
Additional tour and ticket information can be found at www.southernpinesgarden club.com
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