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Upcoming 2018 Chapel Hill Garden Tour

UNC President’s Garden, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

When you have worked and worked in your own garden until every inch is perfect, or if it is not yet perfect, but you just need a break from planting and weeding, or you are in need of some inspiration, or if you just love and appreciate exploring well-turned gardens, or if you are looking for something fun to do the weekend of April 28 and April 29, 2018, get tickets now for the Chapel Hill Garden Tour.

Every two years the Chapel Hill Garden Club sponsors this charitable and educational event. Tour proceeds support the interactive Children’s Wonder Garden and programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, as well as community outreach programs of the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

This year’s theme is Town & Gown Gardens ~ Synergy in Bloom. Highlighting the cooperative relationship between the University of North Carolina and the local Chapel Hill community, the Tour will feature the UNC President’s Garden, current and former UNC officials’ private gardens, four distinctive local gardens, UNC’s Coker Arboretum, and the NC Botanical Garden.

Plein air artists, musicians, select educators and vendors will add additional charm to several gardens. A Tour photography contest with prizes and an exhibition is open to all who attend the tour.

On Saturday of the tour in what has become a tradition, I will be touring the gardens with three former work colleagues and longtime friends. We enjoy walking and talking, taking our time and drinking in the flavor and character of each property.

Currier – Unique collection of Maples and Conifers accompanied by fascinating perennials and shrubs.

Then Sunday morning I will be stationed as a guide in the Currier Garden. It was once home to The Unique Plant, a recently closed retail garden store. Over 26 years, the owner Joann Currier created a sprawling, 3.5-acre private botanical garden legendary for its unique vegetation, pristine maintenance, and spectacular use of texture, layer, form, and rhythm in garden design.

Currier told the tour committee, “Some people collect shoes. I collect Japanese maples.”

Currier Garden

Visitors to this garden can see 130 species of maples and a host of rare conifers, mixed borders and a recently added rock garden that sports unusual, colorful cacti hardy enough to brave North Carolina’s winters. Did I mention the parterre pocket garden or the greenhouse area, filled with rare plants?

Currier Garden

I am looking forward to exploring all the gardens on the tour. If you are local (or even if you’re not), come take advantage of the opportunity to see these special gardens. Descriptions and photos of the other tour gardens and ticket information are at Chapel Hill Garden Tour. Hope to see you there.

Photographs courtesy Daphne McLeod and Kathy Swendiman.

A Spring Garden Tour

My local garden club organizes a well-run and significant garden tour every two years known as the Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. The dates this year are May 3-4, 2014.

Long before I joined the club I had enjoyed discovering hidden garden gems in the Chapel Hill area by participating in this tour. It is instructive to see different garden styles, to see what plants others gardeners nearby are growing, to get ideas for interesting combinations of plants. Of course, it is also pleasant to walk around Chapel Hill in springtime.

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, May 3-4, 2014

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, May 3-4, 2014

In addition to featuring seven private gardens, this year’s tour also includes the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the local university’s community garden.  Funds raised from the tour this year will help support the new Children’s Wonder Garden at NCBG. Artists will be painting en plain air in three of the gardens and the North Carolina Opera will give two performances, so the tour weekend will be quite busy and exciting.

If you are interested in seeing a preview of the gardens that will be on the tour, visit the tour website. In the sidebar there is a list titled “Garden Preview” with links to each garden’s photographs and description.

And if you will be in the Chapel Hill area May 3-4, I encourage you to make plans to tour these special gardens.

Welcoming Garden Visitors

My husband and I had a fun morning meeting and greeting neighbors and a few special friends who stopped by today.  Our garden was among seven gardens in our community on the first annual neighborhood garden tour.

The weather this spring has been unseasonably cool and today was no exception. It was overcast and cold, though the sun did peek through a few times. Many plants that normally would have been in bloom by now could not be coaxed to flower in time for today’s visitors, but there were enough blossoms to make an ample display.

It is satisfying to share the garden with others so it was well worth the effort and preparations of the past few months. Now with this tour milestone met I can relax my pace for a day or two and enjoy some quiet time in the garden.