As I mentioned in a previous post, The North Mobile Garden Society will be having its annual Garden Tour May 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. We will have 6 gardens on tour this year. Some are old, some are new. Here is a run down of the yards on tour.
Brown Garden (Creola, AL): This garden is an amazing treasure. I often refer to it as The Secret Garden. The Brown's have lived in their home for 50 years. They have 2 acres, and very little grass. It is full of hidden paths. The garden is mainly shade, with huge camellias and oaks. There are probably 75+ heirloom roses in the rose garden. A variety of unique and heirloom plants the Brown's have obtained throughout the many years of gardening. There are many whimsical touches in this garden such as the old dishes being used as borders, mosaic table tops used as pavers, and the collection of iron andiron's the are nestled throughout the garden.
Jackson Garden (Satsuma, AL): The Jackson's have been in their about 3 years. The home is located on Gunnison Creek, and the view is spectacular. The flora and fauna you will see in this yard is quite unique.
Butler Garden (Satsuma, AL): Reminiscent of an old Southern courtyard garden. Mrs. Butler just began gardening in March of 2008, and you will be amazed at all she has done. This garden will make you want to have a glass of lemonade and cozy up on the swing under the screened in porch.
Lister Garden (Satsuma, AL): Green and lush is what comes to mind when I think of this garden. Although there are very few flowering plants in this yard, it is still a beauty. Lush green plants that are meticulously landscaped throughout the yard with stones, sitting areas and water features. You will want to stay and have tea in one of the sitting areas.
Strickland Garden (Satsuma, AL): Out of all the gardens on tour...I am most familiar with this one, since they live next door! The garden is very large, and has amazing landscaping. The Strickland's love day lilies and have been collecting them for years. I would say there are probably over 300 day lilies in the garden. This garden reminds me of some of the English country gardens I visited while in England. You will definitely be impressed with this garden.
Jones Garden (Chickasaw, AL): What a treat this garden will be for visitors! The Jones' have it all, amazing flowers, abundance of fruit trees, and an amazing greenhouse (that I would LOVE to have). Their garden is close to 2 acres, and every inch of it is beautifully landscaped. Mrs. Jones has taking a liking to irises, and all kinds of them. She has many different species of irises in her garden that she has collected throughout her travels. Mr. Jones is quite the gardener also. I was amazed my the varieties of fruits and vegetables he has growing. Please take a look at Mrs. Jones' blog here: http://wcgardener.blogspot.com/2009/02/irises-my-first-love-in-garden.html (if you are unable to open the link, please check the blogs I follow for WC Gardener)