2019 Art in the Garden Tour – Garden Descriptions
523 JEFFERSON DRIVE 28270 (LANSDOWNE)
This vibrant collection of gardens spans the chasm between a poolside pleasure garden for a busy family of five and a reflective getaway for rare moments of solitude. Contemporary, elegant and exuberant describe the clever landscape that also offers a place for nurturing spirituality. While the house is new, nestled in an established south Charlotte neighborhood, Landscape Designer Jay Sifford grounded the home into the landscape by pulling in architectural colors, textures and shapes when designing the front yard gardens and the backyard ones. Highlights include a meandering pollinator-friendly garden, contemporary poolside garden, a secluded fire pit carved out of “unusable space” and a woodland stroll garden that even makes access to pool equipment special!
4000 DOVES ROOST COURT 28211 (MORROCROFT)
These gracious garden rooms tell the unfolding biography of a family who moved here almost 30 years ago, with few houses nearby. The home and its gardens have matured under the remarkable plantsmanship of its owners to fit a growing family, succor ailing family members, and welcome an increasing tribe of playful grandchildren. It’s hard to imagine it all started with one or two plants at a time, beginning with camellias and hydrangeas. Over time, the “rooms” were designed to provide successive blooming and included hellebores, forsythia, azaleas, drift roses, magnolia, bulbs, perennials, hibiscus, flowering annuals and herbs. Embedded along leisurely winding paths to places such as a gazebo and a secret garden, the splendor of the plantings have reflected one family’s precious story.
1169 SENECA PLACE 28210
This DIY garden is laden with surprises. As Clara describes its origins, ‘Once upon a time a garden gate beckoned a woman to survey the grounds and she said to herself and her soul mate, we can do this.’ Thus began the Nelson’s 50-year horticultural sojourn, beginning with small linear beds of annuals around the house and down the drive. During the next two decades, they discovered Japanese maples, false cypress and arborvitaes, loving their greens and forms. Then came statuaries of Confucius, St. Francis, and Merlin the Wizard. After retiring, the Nelsons built a Zen garden encircled with daylilies, Siberian and Japanese irises, Oriental Lilies, and eventually a waterfall and catch pond. Annuals, unique perennials, accenting shrubs and other surprises await!
4532 LONGWOOD DRIVE 28209
Jared and Paige Sweet’s “Sweet Garden” will delight your senses with its vast array of unique trees, textures, stone and statuary. From a Kousa Dogwood to a Chocolate Mimosa, this garden has it all. A formal cutting garden of flowers and an armillary engulfed in seasonal splendor flank large travertine pavers that flow to the front door, through the home and continue out to the back patio. Once there, the feeling of peace and calm prevail as one gazes at the tranquil Zen garden with an oversized pond and tropical evergreens. Nearby, entertaining is a joy within the stunning organic covered area built with large locust trees and beams that transport you to faraway places. Take time to enjoy this truly one-of-a-kind garden!
5. JANIE REYNOLDS (EASTOVER)
118 COTTAGE PLACE 28207
The creative landscaping and hardscaping of this private townhome garden, by Carole R. Joyner of Joyner Benfield Distinctive Land and Waterscapes, reflects its sophisticated and French-inspired architecture. In the back area, a fireplace at one end is balanced on the opposite end with the planting of tea olives, camellias and hydrangeas. An antique iron mirror over the pool was placed on axis with the townhome’s French door. European hornbeams, Lustra leaf Latiflora, sansanquas and hostas façade the privacy brick wall. A fragrant rose garden, seasonal herbs and sweet box frame the townhome windows. Its bluestone patio garden can be enjoyed as plants bloom year round. Downsizing from her former home and garden has been a delight for the owner to manage and enjoy!
6. DR. CHARLES & SANDRA LONG
522 HERMITAGE COURT 28207 (MYERS PARK)
Built in 1921 by renowned architect Martin Boyer, this charming cottage house’s first signature garden was developed much later by Pam Hargate and refined over the years, until the current owners brought in Michelle Styers to create this enchanting garden. In Sandra’s own poetic words, “I spotted the cottage and fell in love, But ‘twas the garden that drew me closer. Yes, houses can be divinely inspired, but gardens woo us like lovers…” You enter down the narrow drive, ivy-bound and boxwood-clad, to a lovely collection of crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, walking stick plants and ornamental grasses. “….And on through the gate, Round the shed, under the pecans rests the perennial bed…” For the rest of the poem and a true respite as you roam, please come visit this cottage garden!