MEREDITH AND BOB STROUD
5105 DARESBY COURT 28226
This 20-year-old garden has a bit of everything as the owners found room for all the plants acquired over the years. She calls it “Plant Acquisition Disorder.” There are ferns that grow under a tall native azalea, tropicals around the pool, and a variety of sun and shade-loving plants growing along the paths that crisscross the woodsy, sloping backyard. The water features, walkways, railings and arbor made from tree limbs, and hypertufa planters were all created by the homeowners.
JANET AND DALE SARJEANT
400 SHASTA LANE 28211
Enter through the gate into an eclectic garden that also holds bits of poetry and whimsy. There is a vegetable garden, herb garden, and plots for shade and sun plants. There are large oaks, maples, viburnum, and red-twig dogwood. A waterfall cascades into the koi pond. There are small spaces for yarrow and dianthus, and open spaces for surprises. Look for grandmother’s peonies and an old-fashioned mock orange. A double circle of roses surrounds a garden statue, and there are camellias, large azaleas, and new lilac bushes.
JIM KEESEE AND BRYAN THORN
5023 RANDOLPH ROAD 28211
Starting with only grass and trees in 1976, the owners created their garden of today. A fountain of Neptune anchors the front; fragrant tea olives direct you to the rear. The garden is defined by stone pathways and complemented by arbors, patio, and a pond. Under a maple tree are azaleas, sasanqua camellias, hostas, ferns, and other shade-loving plants. Sun-loving perennials and specimen shrubs enjoy sunny areas. Goldfish, tropical water lily, pitcher plants, iris and frogs coexist in our pond. Near the house is a vegetable and herb garden.
RUTH MARY JONES
2434 FOREST DRIVE 28211
After purchasing the property in 2011, the owner started creating her garden. The house, built in the 1940s, is reminiscent of the English Cotswolds, and the garden plays off this design in a fun mix of old and new. Gravel paths lead to a koi pond and guesthouse; stone walls provide sanctuary and structure. Bulbs, ground covers, perennials and roses form the cottage garden, created in 2012. There is also a vegetable garden, walled garden, and compost area.
2834 CHELSEA DRIVE 28209
This is a new experimental garden. When the owner bought the home in 2012, there was no landscaping. The garden was planted in 2013. She selected mostly perennials to see how they would do in her new garden. This spring, she is waiting to see what plants reseeded themselves and which ones made it through the winter. This is the garden’s first season for regrowth.
SUZANNE AND HAROLD WILKERSON
917 BROMLEY ROAD 28207
Walk through garden rooms created by husband and wife Master Gardeners: a classic lawn/ivy entrance, hosta garden, boxwood parterre with roses, camellia/azalea garden, perennial cutting garden, secret shade garden (back of garage), and potage garden (side of garage). Twelve window boxes hold ornamental plants styled for 3 seasons of blooms in shade and sunny areas. Look for edibles and 23 herbs throughout. Signature plants include cast iron plants, variegated aralias, farfugiums and bear’s breeches plus pomegranates, blueberries, and peaches.
DAVID AND NATALIE SECREST
205 CIRCLE AVENUE 28207
This backyard area is the owners’ new favorite "room" of the house. They love that the garden has something blooming year round, but the roses on the obelisk are a favorite. They especially love that they have been able to use every inch of their small lot, not only for enjoying nature's beauty, but also for trying their hand at growing their own produce for their cooking pleasure.