LOCAL GARDEN TOURS FOR SAPS MEMBERS ONLY
Mark your calendar with dates and times!
TOUR #1 Saturday, June 12 – Hugh and Jane Conlon Garden Address: 2401 Camelot Circle (Grady Drive and Camelot Circle), Johnson City Location: Off Knob Creek Rd. From I-26 use either Exit 19 or 20 Time: 9 am to 11:29 am. Rain or shine Parking on street, carpooling is strongly advised
Brief Description: 1/4 acre private garden, 35 years in the making, filled with a collection of native and non-native, common and unusual plants. The bones of this year-round flowering garden include: over a dozen varieties of camellias, Japanese maples, fringe trees, native deciduous azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen azaleas, bog and pond plants, select magnolias, native and Kousa dogwoods, Persian parrotia, 5 species of hydrangeas, witch hazels, vibur nums, native wisteria, Asian trumpet vine, old fashioned mums…and lots more. Shade areas contain numerous woodland perennials. Sunny areas and containers are planted with perennials, flowering and foliage annuals.
Much of the garden is accessible by a network of narrow uneven paths. Caution: stone and concrete paths may be slippery on wet or dewy mornings.
Saturday, June 26 we are fortunate to have two gardens to tour.
TOUR #2 – the lovely gardens of Dennis and Rebecca Hall Address: 4517 Old Stage Road, Kingsport.
Directions: Turn left off Memorial Blvd, going toward Indian Springs, approximate ly 2 miles from Fort Henry Mall; 7th house on the right, white brick with green trim. Park in the lot just past the house. A white Subaru Outback will be parked there. Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
This great garden is full of hybrid daylilies, a beautiful mulberry tree and a deer proof vegetable garden with unusual garden tiller and tools. The daylilies are at their peak in early morning. The Hall’s are very active in the Tri-Cities Daylily Society as well as state and national groups.
TOUR #3 – the exceptional garden of landscaper Jeff Calton. Address: 4327 Carter’s Valley Road., Churchill, TN Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon
Jeff says his garden is more a plant collection adding that he is a certified plant geek. His garden has been shown on Volunteer Gardener and he has had an article in Fine Gardening Magazine. He has a number of conifers, succulents, garden art, Japanese maples, and a wide variety of perennials and large shade trees. Jeff is so kind to host our group and his only request is for all of us to avoid walking in his beds.
TOUR #4 Thursday, July 29 – the “ordinary” garden of Avery and Jane Mullins Address: 128 Bill Street, Piney Flats, TN. (The road sign says Bill Road but you know GPS!)
Directions: Located in the Peaceful Harbor subdivision just off Sugar Hollow Rd. Sixth house on the right. Park in driveway or the road in front of the house. Please leave one lane clear.
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
There are numerous trees, shrubs and perennials and some annuals. Deer are a major problem in this area. The vegetable gardens are in raised beds and are covered or fenced in to protect them from deer, rabbits, birds etc. This is a garden always changing. There is no major landscape plan other than to have as many trees, shrubs and plants as possible. Bring a shovel if you would like a start of a Bottle Brush Buckeye shrub or some free hybrid daylily.