So, done with the downtown area, I moseyed to the heart of the tour--the Glenview area. Starting at 27 Southwind Road, the "Garden with a View" really has one, being a series of prettily connected raised garden beds on hilly terrain. Designer Kurt Ludwig used plant placement to accent noteworthy sculptures. I admired the butterfly and mason bee houses whose residents could be seen fluttering and buzzing all over the catnip.
Next, I visited the "Cottage on a Creek" at 68 Westwind Road. The gardens of this creek side home are neatly engineered to be beautifully deer resistant, the design leaning on evergreens. There is an abundance of creative seating in the shade, most pointedly on the backside of the house where one can listen to the relaxing sounds of the creek. The Plant Sale, boutique vendors, silent auction, and garden shop take place at this address.
Lastly, I made my way to 410 Duff Lane where designer Mary Webb had worked gardening magic on a yard that went relatively unattended for half a decade. Before and after pictures litter the outside space, and really make the garden that much more interesting to observe. My favorite aspect was the unusual checkerboard green best viewed from the vast deck. The composting was also admirable.
I found the style of the self-guided tour more flexible than an escorted tour. It allowed me to cover the gardens in any order I chose, or even stretch the tour over two days in the event the heat were to get to me. Though today (Saturday) was a scorcher, each garden provided adequate relief nearby and complimentary water. I enjoyed the tour so much that I had no problem completing it within a couple of hours.
At each garden attendees were greeted by Glenview Club members, designers, horticulture professionals, landscapers, and welcoming home owners willing to share and discuss greenery. Lists of plants, garden literature, and designer information was also available at each garden.
The tour continues tomorrow (June 5th), lasting from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at Dolls Market, 3620 Brownsboro Road. Proceeds benefit The Parklands of Floyds Fork, 21st Century Parks. Dial (502) 426-5042 to reach the friendly Glenview Garden Club with question or concerns. Enjoy the tour, rain or shine!