28th All Saints Garden Tour is Set for May 16, 2015
All Saints Garden Tour Will Feature Six Local Gardens on May 16, 2015
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island, S.C., will present its 28th Annual Garden Tour at six of the finest gardens in the area. The six gardens on display this year are as follows:
• “A River Runs Through It” in Old Town Bluffton
A closer inspection away from the adjacent May River reveals mature gardens with all varieties of plants, as well as grapefruit trees and a nearby orchid greenhouse holding a magnificent collection of rare orchids and succulents.
• “Grandma’s Garden” in Hilton Head Plantation
This garden is full of transplants that came to Hilton Head Island from someplace else. These transplants have learned to grow and thrive in the semi-tropical environment of the low country. A variety of old-fashioned flowers abound. In fact, this isn’t one garden but rather it is the patio shell garden, the near garden, the far garden, the side garden, and the secret garden.
• “Woodland Walk” in Hilton Head Plantation
Follow the path as it meanders around the home behind the 7th green of the Country Club of Hilton Head. The elevated green provides privacy for the various plant textures and colors designed for this shady yard. The deck, patio, and path are accented with colorful flower pots, while sculptures, a waterfall feature, and a fire pit complete the calm oasis.
• “Paths, Plants, Pots, and Pond” in Hilton Head Plantation
Natural paths leading to the serene pond are lined with collections of plants for every season. Many plants have come from gardening friends and many volunteer plants have emerged in happier spots where they have been allowed to stay. A fairy wonderland has tucked itself into the woods. Much effort has gone into saving the valued plants from the wildlife in this Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
• “With a Little Help From Our Friends”
This garden is a work in progress. Living in cold climates for many years, the owners have had to learn about Southern Gardening. They encountered many missteps along the way, but with a little help from their friends and family in the form of roots and cuttings from their gardens to theirs, they have managed to create a very special garden.
• “A Master Gardeners’ Garden”
Located at Town Hall, this almost- an-acre parcel is two islands of native trees, shrubs, and wild flowers. The growers and planters here are Master Gardeners from the Hilton Head Island Garden Council and the Master Gardener classes given by Beaufort County Agricultural Agent Laura Lee Rose.
Tickets cost $35 and include a seated luncheon by Munchies that will be served in the church’s parish hall from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. In addition, a “Heavenly Confections” Bake Sale and a “Flower Bower Boutique” will be held in the parish hall. A variety of original works of art with a gardening theme will also be available for sale. Also, vendors that will be selling items on the church common are Taylors Quality Landscape Supply & Nursery and Dominican Republic Jewelry.
All proceeds from the event are traditionally donated to local charities. This year’s beneficiaries are: Backpack Buddies of Bluffton, Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Hilton Head Safe Harbour, Inc., St. Stephen’s UMC Outreach Food Bank (Jasper County), and Thumb’s Up, Inc. (Beaufort).
Tickets will be available at the church on the day of the event, as well as numerous retail outlets located on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, S.C. This year’s ticket outlets are as follows:
HHI: Bruno Nursery & Landscaping (Dillon Rd.); Burke’s Pharmacy (Main Street Village); Christie’s Hallmark (Festival Center); Green Thumb Nursery (Dillon Rd.) Le Cookery (Wexford Village); Munchies (Main Street Village); Pino Gelato (Wexford Village); Pretty Papers (Wexford Village); Pyramids (Shops at Sea Pines Center); Salon Artistry (Main St.); Seeds of Calm Spa (Executive Park Rd.); Shelter Cove Wine (Shops at Shelter Cove); The Greenery (Mid Island); and on May 16th, All Saints Episcopal Church (Meeting St.)
Bluffton: Christie’s Hallmark (Belfair Towne Center); Markel’s (Kittie’s Crossing Center); Old Bluffton Flowers (Burnt Church Rd.); Sunshine Nursery (Across from Belfair); and Taylor’s Quality Landscaping Supply & Nursery (Cecil Reynold’s Rd.).
The church is located at 3001 Meeting Street, off of Main Street. For more information, please call 843-842-4142 or go to the web site: allsaintsgardentour.com.
Jim Osberg, Chair of the 2015 All Saints Garden Tour Board, has pointed out, “This event provides the rare opportunity for everyone to see some of the finest gardens in our area, while at the same time helping six local charities.”