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Eleventh Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Keepsake tickets/booklets - 2016 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Keepsake tickets/booklets – 2016 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

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

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.