Looking for ideas for enhancing your home landscape? Or, do you enjoy visiting beautiful gardens? This Saturday, June 7, you have a rare chance to do just that during the Home Garden Tour sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardener Association. Four very different and unique private home gardens will be open for your viewing pleasure and inspiration.
Styles include an extensive formal walled garden, a small yard with unusual recycled garden art, a backyard that combines both traditional and Japanese styles, and a large woodland garden filled with thousands of azaleas, raised bed vegetables, decks, roses, waterfalls and pocket plantings. Here is a quick glimpse of what to expect.
The Babin Garden in the historic Charnwood District is documented in the Archives of American Gardens, and visitors will quickly realize why when they pass into the backyard through a passageway carved in a large holly hedge. There is a lot to take in – statuary and other art, grottos, unusual plants, long vistas, herb, cutting, clematis & roof gardens, and several garden rooms delineated by well-kept hedges. You’ll find many types of Japanese maples and unusual conifers, and look for the twisted Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick shrub. Much of the inspiration for the designs are taken from gardens the couple have visited in their travels to Europe. Prepare to be inspired!
The Thompson Garden features a beautiful backyard with 2 different styles. You’ll first enter a contemporary or tradition landscape and you’ll be amazed that it was just recently transformed from a large concrete slab over a filled-in swimming pool into a beautiful green haven. Beyond that is a Japanese Garden that includes several Japanese maples, a Japanese white pine, a rocky dry creek bed and traditional Japanese lantern.
In the Powell Garden you be delighted with how the owner transformed a small backyard into a delightful setting filled with a large variety of plants and recycled garden art (Jim Powell is a Smith County Master Gardener and calls his garden a junkman’s paradise). See if you can find the goat feeder-now planter, and fairy garden in a repurposed metal fire pit. The yard is full of color and is easy to traverse on decomposed granite and flagstone pathways. Powell also makes extensive use of different kinds of groundcovers, and features many plants adapted to the shady sections of the yard.
The Rhodes Garden is a 2-acre sloping backyard with a lot see and walk through. A large part of the garden features paved but very steep slopes and is not recommended for visitors with mobility problems. However, there are many beautiful views that can be seen as you enter the garden from the rear of the Rhodes home. The sloping areas are filled with 1800 azaleas, including many Encore varieties, 300 roses, and perennial pocket gardens. They have a multi-tier swimming pool with 2 waterfalls, and a large patio covered by a pergola. Other elements in this beautiful yard include raised bed vegetable gardens on a patio located near the house, a kid’s fort and play area at the bottom of the sloped yard, a koi pond and a rocky cry creek bed. Sheryl Rhodes, chairperson for this year’s Home Garden Tour, is also a Smith County Master Garden, who with her husband Richard have continuously developed and expanded the garden.
The Garden Tour begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance at the following locations through tomorrow, June 6 at: Brookshire’s Grocery – 100 Rice Road; Potpourri House – 3320 Troup Highway; Blue Moon Gardens – 13062 FM 279, Chandler; Rubicon Wild Birds – 19456 Highway 155 South, Flint; and at the Smith County Extension Office – 1517 W. Front, Suite 116. Cash or check only. Cost is $12 on the day of the tour (available at any of the homes on the tour: Babin Garden – 207 Charnwood; Powell Garden – 6913 Holly Tree Circle; Thompson Garden – 1019 Santa Rosa; and Rhodes Garden – 711 West Heritage).