Love visiting gardens?
Every two years the Chapel Hill Garden Club sponsors a spring weekend tour of private gardens in the area. This year’s tour will be Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016. The theme for this 11th Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour is Garden Journeys : Through Time, Change and Challenge.
Already in possession of tickets, I am looking forward to visiting the 7 diverse gardens with friends on Saturday, then switching roles the next day.
On Sunday of the tour I will serve as a docent at one of two small cluster homes next door to each other in an adults-only suburban neighborhood. One features a garden designed to accommodate the owner’s accessibility needs, while the other illustrates how a master gardener redesigned her landscape to resolve drainage issues discovered after moving in.
Not to be missed are a 115 year-old farmhouse garden, a contemporary design on a steep, forested slope, a 1920s classical restoration, a 1970s five acre personal arboretum and an early 1900s Mission/Arts and Crafts and Prairie style garden. Photographs and descriptions of all the gardens, along with ticket information, are available on the tour website.
At certain hours tour visitors may encounter Plein air artists at work and enjoy musical selections by NC Opera. Proceeds from the tour benefit the NC Botanical Garden and the garden club’s community/educational service projects.
See you there?
Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour website