When April showers come our way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May for Columbia Green’s 2015 Annual Festival of Flowers on May 8 and 9. Twelve Wildewood private gardens including patio to palatial, traditional to modern, and Oriental to English inspired are on this year’s tour, each reflecting the personal predilections and imaginations of their owners.
The dozen distinctive spaces in the Sandhills of Northeast Columbia demonstrate a diversity of plants, landscape designs, and garden accoutrements.
Tiptoe into a walled garden guarded by lions and gargoyles. Meander a woodland path to a cascading waterfall. Stand within a Jurassic Park landscape behind a contemporary home. Be greeted by Butterfly Girl in an English country garden.
Step across a footbridge overlooking a goldfish pond in a serene Japanese garden.
Find out how to tastefully pack plants into a patio garden. A garden snuggled between two ponds features naturalized native plants.
Participants will be able to tour the gardens from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Refreshments will be served daily from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Wildewood Tennis Facility adjacent to the Wildewood Country Club at 90 Mallet Hill Road.
A Garden Market Place will have vendors with plants, garden services, crafts, and yard art for sale as well. Tickets for the tour may be purchased in advance at the Columbia Green website at www.ColumbiaGreen.org. On tour days, tickets will be sold in the Wildewood Tennis Facility.
The annual Festival of Flowers is Columbia Green’s major fundraiser. Funds raised are reinvested back in the community through horticulture grants and neighborhood greening projects. Signs of Columbia Green’s work casts a wide green net over the Midlands in community parks, public medians, gateway gardens, and in your neighborhood with plantings of perennials, ornamental shrubs, and shade trees that beautify and enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors.
Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together. See you in the gardens.