So my mother and I spent last Saturday walking through several wonderful gardens, doing a little shopping (in the garden center at Lowes no less!), and eating lunch at Cheddar’s. (You should try their Monte Cristo sandwich with raspberry preserves…very yummy.)
My father treated us to the tour. (Thank you Daddy!) When we purchased our tickets we were happy to see that one of the gardens belonged to the general with whom my father worked for many years. So we headed to his home first.
His yard was quite large, and it fronts a lovely lake. The general was quick to tell us that his wife was responsible for all the beautiful landscaping. He humbly admitted to building brick walks and moving large plants and rocks. His wife is a very petite woman, and she is proof that gardening must be good exercise!
Isn’t the view of the lake just perfect from his yard? (He’s talking with my mother in the next photo.)
I think just sitting out on their dock would be so peaceful; don’t you?
This little pool was also part of their yard. My mother was intrigued with the ground cover you see in the foreground of the photo.
The next garden we toured was quite different from the one that belonged to the general and his wife. This one was designed and installed by a professional landscaping firm, Fern Valley.
Just look at all those ferns that were planted in mass there!
This was my mother’s favorite of all the gardens we toured. She said it gave her a feeling of being in the mountains.
As part of the garden tour, we were allowed to step inside the foyer of the house. Here is the living room. There was a large aquarium off to the right and a small koi pond as you walked in the door (sorry my photo of it was too fuzzy to see anything. 🙁 )
In the back of the house was a pool with a small waterfall and bridge.
Back around the front was this planting of daylilies.
We left this home, enjoyed lunch nearby, and then made our way to the next home – located on another lake.
Again, we were told that the wife did all the gardening in the yard. I loved that this one had so many little places to sit and relax.
This fountain area reminded me of Savannah.
For some reason, this next photo of the river birch tree with the boxwoods was my favorite of all that I took on the tour.
Here is their view of the lake. Loved that light down there by the water!
Another sitting area…
I liked the stonework here.
After that lakeside garden we drove to the home of a former educator. She worked several years at the office of our board of education but has since retired. She says that she now spends her time gardening – and she is the one responsible for this beautiful one here.
Those hostas were amazing!
She had quite a few roses in her garden (and a pool that I somehow did not get a photo of.)
We left there and went to our final stop – a small, but sweet yard…again with many rose bushes…
and a couple of seating areas.
And that was our Saturday. Lots of inspiration for what I would like to do in our yard! Once retirement rolls around in a couple of weeks, I hope to get to work on it. (It needs a lot of it.) Do you do much work in your yard?
We’d love to hear about it.