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Planning for a garden tour

April 3, 2015

The Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs skipped their annual landscape tour of homes last year, so everyone is quite excited that it is back on schedule for the first weekend in May–Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3. Today chairwoman Laura and I went to six gardens to take pictures and get information for the story I will write for the newspaper. Every gardener said to come back in a few weeks when the seasonal color and plants fill in–it has been a late spring, but the gardens were beautiful. It is all about outdoor living, with so many fireplaces, decks, water features and more. caruthers2

france home (6)

mowry home (7)

ryan home7

trieschmann home (26)

We saw great structures, but also great plants. france home (49)

japanese painted fern apr3.15.

Leucojum bulbs snowflakes trieschmann home (7)

pieris trieschmann home (18)1

trieschmann home (16)
It is definitely the year of the hellebore! We saw beautiful clumps of them and so many babies coming up underneath. If you don’t have this plant and you have shade, you need it! fulbright home (9)

hellebore seedlings trieschmann home (1)

hellebores apr3.15.

hellebores fulbright home (8)
We also saw some perfectly pruned crape myrtles. We suggested mounting a sign under this one during the tour saying “this is what a crape myrtle SHOULD look like!” crape myrtle fulbright home (1)
Probably my favorite find was this planter. caruthers home5 She took a galvanized horse trough and painted it, drilled holes, put pot feet under it and voila–a gorgeous addition to the garden. Expect one soon at my house!

All of the gardens are in Pleasant Valley this year, so it won’t be hard to get around, and most are totally level and easy walking. Tickets will go on sale soon. Mark your calendars now.

While we were out driving between gardens we came along two interesting sights. The first was a tree trimming company which had big equipment cutting trees, but one man was using a remote control to move this machine. remote stump grinder (1) It was a remote control stump grinder! Pretty neat.

The second find was right around the corner. Everyone has heard of food trucks, well we found a fashion truck! fashion truck (1)

fashion truck (2)

fashion truck (3) A portable store that can come right to your doorstep! I even found a college friend of mine inside shopping. This truck is en route from Nashville, but they do private parties and events. What will they think of next?

Rain has threatened all day, but so far not much has fallen. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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