Photo by Katie Dowdy
Azalea Garden Tour
The 66th Annual Azalea Garden Tour , April 5th – 7th, is now just 4 weeks away. It’s going to be an exciting year, with 8 private and 3 public gardens to visit. The 2019 tour has some outstanding features you won’t want to miss so buy your tickets early as they are limited to 3,500 this year.
First, the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, April 5th will be held at a beautiful Forest Hills home (above) featuring live music, the Queen and her Court, colorful Azalea Belles accompanied by The Citadel’s Summerall Guards, and a Garden Party to follow with thousands of homemade cookies made by members of the Cape Fear Garden Club (who sponsor the Tour). The Ribbon Cutting is free and can be reached only by bus from Pine Valley Baptist Church.
The Tour will also include a scavenger hunt through the Arboretum’s Fairy Gardens, a “Secret Garden” tour with 3 special gardens accessible only by trolley, and a “Wet Paint Sale” on Sunday at Wrightsville Beach’s Harbor Way Gardens. (Photo by Bernadette Baker)
In addition to spring foliage, the Tour showcases stone pathways, patios, water features and garden art. It even has chickens! And in case you’re worried you might get lost, just follow these cycling frogs, by sculptor Andy Cobb, to your next destination.
Stone Garden, and other local garden shops, are selling Tour tickets, good for all three days, at $35 each.