2013 Garden Tour

Saturday, May 4th 9am to 4pm

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A: 621 Hermitage Drive SE - Carolyn and Robert Tucker

The stroll through The Tucker's gardens begins off Hermitage Drive on the Aurora pathway, lined with moss, hostas, wildflowers, ferns and shrubs. The stairs lead you around a formal granite fountain and up to the house. A look to the left allows a view of what appears to be a bell tower, off to the right, but hidden from view is Carolyn's Secret Place where Lenten Rose grows alongside woodland shade plants, Solomon's Seal and ferns. Many of the ferns have been transplanted from their property joining Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County. Trillium and May Apple are prolific in the Spring.

A waterfall and pond were added behind the house in 1992. River rock and slate stepping stones were hauled in by Bob and Carolyn for these projects from the creeks on their property in Stanly County. The pathway by the waterfall leads to the Jasmine Garden where Carolyn and the granddaughters have tea parties and around the corner is the Lovers' Garden where a bench for two is tucked away.

The walk continues to the dripping fountain where frogs jump out of view and bog plants grow. Next is the cypress arbor where stones from Israel are cemented into a wall; a rock garden and night garden are follow. A walk into the woods reveals the newest and not yet complete bog garden behind the Carriage House.

The entire property consists of 33 acres.