Join us for a stroll past hidden treasures spotted on last weekend’s 2022 Azalea Garden Tour, including some fabulous garden art.
Garden #5 – Marcia Pendleton Doering
This outstanding garden was a Tour favorite. It includes such a diversity of plants and personal vignettes, we have decided to feature it in an upcoming Newsletter so stay tuned!
Garden #8 – Daniel Norris & Mary Russ
A series of stone pathways, laid by the homeowners, guide you through the lush landscape of the historic Bailey House, with surprises around every turn, including a firepit, vegetable garden, potting shed and a serene fountain trickling atop a flagstone patio.
Stepping stones on a gradual slope leading to the pool, cabana and dining area are bordered by colorful hydrangeas. The natural plantings between the stones makes the area feel timeless.
“Mary and I found this magnificent urn, one of a pair, at an estate in Wake County. We thought the pool needed a major element, but could not find a thing that suited our tastes. We wanted a totally classic piece to really anchor the deep end. These are perfect. I think the head in the handles represents the Egyptian god Ammon. The tops of the urns are removable. I do love these.”
– Daniel Ray Norris
Garden #12 – Chris Gore & Matthew TenHuisen
Two historic houses, renovated by urban pioneers, sit side by side on Grace Street welcoming you in for a double garden tour.
Chris and Matthew refreshed the original brick pathway with the addition of a flagstone patio leading to a stately three-tiered fountain which cascades into a circular basin.
Tucked into the foliage sits an Angel, perched on a sphere, charming the neighbors with the sweet sound of a violin.
Garden #1 – Frances & James Parnell
Read about this 3.67 acre Natural Wildlife Habitat and its esteemed creators in Wilmington Magazine.
Garden #2 – Lynn & Clinton McRoy
Look out to the back yard and you will see a natural pond feeding a man-made one. Two Azalea Ambassadors gaze out over this tranquil scene creating an ageless image. Then turn toward the house and see a completely different picture.
The travertine pool deck and bright umbrella return you to the present. A natural swimming pool awaits, complete with fish, turtles and frogs. The water is kept crystal clear through a biological process using gravel, native plants, and two rain gardens, the creation of Anthony Archer Willis, The Pool Master.
Garden #4 – Harbor Way Gardens, Wrightsville Beach
This award-winning public garden, a highlight of the Garden Tour, is a product of the diligent work of The Harbor Island Garden Club and its volunteers. It’s chock full of exciting features including a fairytale cottage, a brick labyrinth, rose gardens, and custom fountains, including this new frog by j.a. Cobb.
We invite you to visit these Gardens yourself. Take advantage of a great opportunity coming up soon … read on.