The private gardens of Bob and Susan Card, Peter and Susan Goodwin, Bess Neil, Max and Margo Everhart, Doyle Lawson and Morris Vineyard and Winery will be open for garden visitors.
Tickets will be available at the various sites on the day of the garden show at $10 each. Children under age 12 will be admitted free.
Early ticket purchases with directions to the gardens will be available also at the UT Extension-Bradley County office at 95 Church St. S.E., in downtown Cleveland, during regular office hours. Call 728-7001 for more information.
Proceeds from the Spring Tour of Gardens will benefit the UT Extension-Bradley County 4-H Program, where more than 3,312 youth from grades 4 through 12 are enrolled in 160 4-H clubs and for the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland youth Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships for local youth.
The calendar year 2011 marks more than a century of University of Tennessee Extension programs in the state. UT Extension-Bradley County has provided a number of educational programs, including Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H to farmers, families and youth during that time period.
For garden descriptions and directions, see websites: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/bradley or www.kiwanisclevelandtn.org.
— Bob and Susan Card at 3264 Chestnut Circle N.W., Cleveland: This beautiful garden features a large lake, manicured gardens and beautiful views. The many plantings provide a tranquil setting for visitors. More than 7,000 new plants have been added to the garden with both woodland and meadow settings, two stone bridges and numerous annuals and perennials. Take 25th Street (Highway 60), go under Interstate 75, turn left at light onto Candies Lane to Old Freewill Road, turn left off Old Freewill Road at Chestnut Circle (Mountain Brook Subdivision). Look for garden signs at mail boxes and proceed down long drive to the gardens.
— Peter and Susan Goodwin at 5749 N. Lee Highway, Cleveland: Known as Foster’s Trail and Alpaca Farm, the garden was established in May 2007. The beautiful garden is a love of the Goodwins as well as their beloved Australian terriers, Foster and Abbey. Foster’s friends are the numerous alpacas that live in the area behind the home.
The garden features beautiful plantings and trees and, in June, is transformed into a summer garden with many annuals and perennials as well as potted plants. A special treat is a visit with the alpacas. This garden is truly a garden that only time and a deep love of gardening could produce. Directions to the garden: Go north on U.S. 11 (North Lee Highway) two miles and turn left into the driveway at Foster’s Trail and Alpaca Farm.
— Bess Neil and Max and Margo Everhart at 471 and 433 Blythewood Road S.W., Cleveland: Established in 1942 by Bess Neil and her deceased husband, David Neil, visitors will visit three sites including Mrs. Neil’s garden, the garden of the Everharts’ as well as Hair Conrad’s Cabin, the oldest residential structure in Bradley County and a legacy to the Cherokee Heritage.
The willow trees that grow down by the creek have become symbols of the place and lend in the tranquility of the property. The beautiful gardens feature both spring and summer plantings and feature a beautiful flowing water display. Visitors will also view beautiful settings at Blythewood Farms, known for their half century of dedication to the breeding of American saddlebred horses. Directions: At the intersection of Keith and Inman streets (at Village Green), turn onto Harrison Pike. Go one mile and turn left onto Blythewood Road (at Jackson’s lake), go about 1/2 mile, then turn left at Blythewood Farms sign.
— Doyle Lawson at 227 Albert Lawson Road N.E., Cleveland: This beautiful 3.5-acre garden features more than 500 varieties of daylilies in a variety of shapes and colors. The garden also features two water gardens. One of the water gardens is built in the shape of a daylily. The daylily can be characterized as a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with fibrous or somewhat tuberous roots. The daylily has four fairly distinctive parts including the roots, crown, leaves and scape. The scape bears the flowers. Most will have two or more branches, each bearing several flower buds.
Lawson’s daylilies include the basic colors of yellow, red, pink, purple and melon or cream-pink and the blooms will be single, double, spider, sculpted or more. The size of his daylilies will be miniature, small or large. Directions: From APD 40 going west, turn on Benton Pike. (If coming from town on Highway 64, turn left at light on Durkee Road, then right on Benton Pike) Go past Peach Orchard Hill Road and turn on Old Benton Pike, then left into Albert Lawson Road. Proceed up the hill. The gardens will be at the end of this short road.
— Morris Vineyard and Winery at 346 Union Grove Road, Charleston: The vineyard is family-owned and operated by Eric and Carolyn Morris and their daughter, Heather. Established in 1965 in the rolling foothills of Eat Tennessee, the garden sports spectacular mountain views. The Morrises grow more than 28 varieties of muscadine and other grapes, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries at the 50-plus-acre farm.
Picturesque views of the Appalachians can be seen from the vineyard. Many visitors come to pick their own fruits, while others come to enjoy the beautiful setting. Numerous wines are produced and bottled on location. Directions from Cleveland: Go north on Michigan Avenue Road and turn right on Tasso Lane. Stop at Chatata Valley Road. Turn left and then right onto Cates Lane into Union Grove Road. The orchard will be on the right. Signs will be posted. (Phone 479-7311).