My husband, Tim, thinks I keep all the plant nurseries in Greenville in the black, but he’s wrong. My boundaries extend much farther than he knows. Where patronage is concerned, I’m completely nondominational. In other words, I do my best to support them all.This Saturday, April 13, I’ll be speaking at BB Barns at 11 am on garden travel and how to get the most from a garden tour. To tempt you to visit too, the nursery is offering a discount coupon for SC gardeners. But truth be told, you shouldn’t need an incentive, because if you’re a gardener BB Barns has everything you could possibly need, or want! Just up the road a short piece, find BB Barns at 3377 Sweeten Creek Road in Arden, NC (roughly 10 miles east of Asheville). I hope to see you there at 11 am Saturday.
I also want to mention the GARDEN TOURS on my calendar. If you’re in my region, please note these terrific opportunities to enjoy and learn more about plants and garden design.The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program in the Raleigh (NC) area begins on April 13 & 14, featuring six private gardens open to the public. Saturday hours at each garden are 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday hours are 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission to each private garden is $5; children 12 and under are free. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2441, or visit http://www.opendaysprogram.org for more information. The Greenville (SC) Council of Garden Clubs will sponsor “Harmony…Something for Everyone,” from 10 am to 5 pm on both Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20. The tour highlights six gardens in the Simpsonville area, from beautiful country gardens to an in-town bed & breakfast, a historic farm, and Durant Ashmore’s Landscape Nursery. Some gardens will feature local chefs serving tasty samples in outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas, while others will showcase local artists at work. Advance tickets are $18, tour-day tickets are $20. For more information call 864-232-3020 or visit http://www.kilgore-lewis.org. Christ Church’s “Joyful Garden Tour,” (also in Greenville, SC) is planned for 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27. The tour will include five private gardens in the McDaniel Avenue area and a tour of the historic church grounds. Local artists, featured on the tour, will donate their works for a silent auction. The event will also offer musical concerts at the church, an afternoon tea party ($17.50), and lunch on the lawn ($20). Tour tickets, $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, can be purchased at numerous local businesses or online. For details, call 864-271-8773 or check the Web site at http://www.ccgsc.org.