The 70th year of the Southern Pines Garden Club Tour takes place for only the second time on a Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in beautiful Moore County. Unlike any other home tour, the homes are resplendent with flower arrangements created by the garden club members.
Take an entire day to experience the six private homes with remarkable gardens, our renowned Sandhills Community College gardens, two historic properties, the Given Memorial Library of Pinehurst, the expansive greenhouses of Pinehurst Resort, community plant sales at the horticulture gardens at Sandhills Community College and The Weymouth Center and discounts at local restaurants.
Additionally, the club celebrates the 70th year with an exhibit at The Campbell House, at 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines. The exhibit shows how the visionary ladies of the Southern Pines Garden club shaped the landscape of the community through projects, programs, and initiatives.
Visitors will learn the fascinating history from large panels featuring photographs and language depicting the contributions to our regional identity and how the club shaped the character of the beloved Southern Pines of today, leaving a cultural legacy for the future. Always cognizant of the rarity and splendor of Weymouth Woods, The Southern Pines Garden Club’s work to preserve, restore and educate makes the community what it is today.
Southern Pines residents enjoy living in and visitors come from across the nation to experience The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet, in part because of the work of the garden club along with the devotion of many others.
The Southern Pines Garden Club partners with The Arts Council of Moore County in The Campbell House exhibit for the month of April called Palustrus: Celebrating The Cultural Landscape of Weymouth Woods. This exhibit is part of the “Party for the Pine”, a celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2018 which is a partnership of many communities and state groups.
The home tour includes the following homes:
“Loblolly,” at 140 N. Valley Road in Southern Pines, designed for Helen Boyd Dull, a founder of the garden club and a cousin of the Boyds of The Campbell House. Designed by famous architect Aymar Embury who is most well known for enduring contributions to NYC architecture & open spaces in the early 1900’s such as The Central Park Zoo.
The Saulnier Home, at 880 Massachusetts Avenue in Southern Pines, a rare home designed by Alfred B. Yeomans, nationally renowned landscape architect who was instrumental in shaping the “Weymouth” neighborhood in the late 1800s through home, community and landscape design.
Linscomb Lodge, at 75 Linden Road in Pinehurst, which was for many years the home of George Marshall, He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army under presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman and served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman. He was also a proponent of The Marshall Plan and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.
Red Gables is a handsome older home owned by Holly & Carty Davis, a 1918 home renovated in 2017 that’s within eyeshot of the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst.
Additional locations to visit include:
The Campbell House & grounds, 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines, NC 28387 where the day of tickets are available and where the tour commences.
The Weymouth House & grounds
Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens
The Greenhouses of Pinehurst Resort
The Given Memorial Library of Pinehurst
Other benefits include a 10% discount at Ironwood Cafe and other local restaurants, and two plant sales – one hosted by The “Dirt Gardeners” of The Weymouth House and the Sandhills Community College students plant sale at the Horticultural Gardens.
Proceeds from the tour support local horticulture education scholarships and local beautification. Refer to the club website for tickets: here and The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines and The Pinehurst Women’s Exchange in Pinehurst, in advance. $20 in advance, $25 day of. Navigate to the Facebook page here.