Posted by Linda Karr on 6/1/2013 to Local News & Events
Over 100 people visited the gardens during the Tucker Historical Society Garden tour on Saturday, May 18th. Even though there had been a threat of rain, it didn't materialize and it was great day to tour the six gardens. Brittany (and Greyson) and I took turns to visit the gardens. I took some pictures of each. So if you weren't able to attend you’ll be to get an idea of what you missed. Make sure you get the date on your calendar for next year - May 17th.
The first garden I toured was Deborah and David Ashley’s. It was a delight for the native plant gardener. There were many native ‘rescues’. Their garden is certified by the Atlanta Audubon Society as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the favorite plants was Love-In-A-Mist with a blue flower and lacy foliage.
Next was the Tucker Butterfly Garden. There were caterpillars already in attendance. This garden is a DeKalb Master Gardener project. Plants that provide for the complete life cycle of butterflies are clearly marked throughout the garden.
Susan and Kirk Farrar’s garden had some wonderful stone hardscape. I loved the way the herbs grew in front of a curved stone wall. The colorful vegetable garden overlooked the pool area that is surrounded by Japanese maples, azaleas, and hydrangeas.
Elizabeth and Jim Barr have a magical display in their front garden with pathways where fairies frolic. Birdhouses and water features abound for the pleasure of their birds and other "garden friends".
I arrived next at Bill and Dawn Hine’s. The fairy garden overlooking the pool area was a favorite for many. The garden is a certified Pollinator Garden with lots of host and nectar plants for butterflies.
Last I stopped by Henry Everett and Jesse Usleton’s garden. Wonderful fragrance greeted me as I got out of my car and approached their huge rose garden with a variety of roses - some with blooms the size of saucers. The vertical garden in the back was a wonderful example of how to use a difficult space with terracing and a variety of flowers. The greenhouse with orchids was an extra treat
There were artists from the Tucker Arts Guild in several of the gardens displaying and selling their art.
Kudos to the gardeners for sharing their love of gardening with others!
If you know of a garden that should be considered for next year's garden tour contact the Tucker Historical Society at [email protected].