DALE AND SAGE BROOK
2116 LYNBRIDGE DRIVE 28270 (HAMPTON LEAS)
This wondrous garden is a place where the owners play with the natural world. It has evolved over 10 years. Walk the meandering paths to see the Koi pond, fountains, arches, and decks. Enjoy the chimes, original sculptures and rocks. So many rocks! There is much to discover. Visitors experiencing this special garden have called it eclectic, magical, lovely, whimsical, and calming. You may even hear the gentle sounds of an Irish harp. Owner designed.
MARY AND BILL STATON
2431 HARTMILL COURT 28226 (HUNTCLIFFE)
The owners' corner of heaven is nearly an acre divided into three distinct gardens. In 23 years, they've crammed it with verdant plantings, flowers, and two dry creeks. Near a new deck and pergola, they removed a pool and a section of driveway, replacing them with a travertine terrace and patio, raised vegetable beds, a whimsical potting shed, lawn, and playful children's corner. A path through contemplative moss and ravine gardens leads to a boulder-strewn stream and viewing area. Designers: Blair Farris Designs and Sifford Garden Design.
5833 MURRAYHILL ROAD 28210 (MADISON PARK)
The owner's goal was creating a garden as low maintenance as possible. So the yard has gone from all grass to very little and from no privacy to very private with the addition of trees and shrubs. The front is formal with annual color. The back garden has evolved on its own. Says the owner, "I have weeds and use no herbicides because my dog hangs out with me." A secret garden holds a boxwood collection and a hidden patio is a favorite place for sitting and relaxing. Owner designed.
2330 CLUB ROAD 28205 (PLAZA MIDWOOD)
This inner-city hideaway began as a slope of baked red clay. Stepped open decks were added and gravel areas, evocative of water, were created in the rear. Japanese maples are the focus with ferns, yews, hydrangeas, pieris, and an azalea garden in shady areas. The massive double-gated fence with shingled eaves and bamboo insets completes the Asian-inspired landscape. The front yard includes drought-tolerant grasses, sedges, pines, mahonia, dwarf cryptomeria, black mondo grass, and junipers. Azaleas, Siberian iris, spirea, and butterfly bushes add seasonal color. Owner designed.
KAY AND PETER MINOR
1929 EAST 8th STREET 28204 (ELIZABETH)
This bungalow has been the owners' home for 26 years. Renting a truck to move from down the street, they backed up over a front yard of monkey grass and unloaded. A canopy of change commenced. Full shade to full sun. High maintenance to low maintenance. Cottage-like to Zen. Whimsy, however, has remained a constant. Spontaneous convergence of gardeners at Minor Manor is the norm. Their mission: to make Elizabeth beautiful again. Owner designed.
1512 EAST 8th STREET 28204 (ELIZABETH)
A mix of sun and shade, this four-season garden has majestic willow oaks and lacebark elms with understory Japanese maples, dogwoods, redbuds and snowball viburnums. Camellias, azaleas, plum yews, cherry laurels, distyliums, mahonias and daphnes provide an evergreen backdrop for ornamental hypericums, beautyberries, hydrangeas, roses, abelias, chokeberries, and grasses. Follow the path from the front garden to the side yard's natural stone water feature and perennial beds and to the rear yard, the perfect setting for solitude and outdoor entertaining. Designer: Cindy Chaney.