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Carolina Shores gets ready for second annual Tour of Gardens this Saturday

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CAROLINA SHORES—Just in time for nature’s flower show erupting in their neighborhood, members of Carolina Shores Garden Club are hoping for balmy weather and a good crowd for this Saturday’s second annual Tour of Gardens.

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Six homes are on this year’s Carolina Shores Tour of Gardens, slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.

Monday, tour hostesses and Master Gardeners made preview visits to this year’s featured tour homes where azaleas are bursting out like fuchsia bells, to the accompaniment of assorted other blossoms, greenery and even a custom-built pond.

“We try to make this fun,” said garden club member Kay Forbes, this year’s tour organizer.

The club, founded about the same time the fledgling golf community of Carolina Shores was in 1973, currently consists of 73 members who are trying to build membership with regular programs focusing on a plant or shrub-of-the-month neighborhood gardeners might like to cultivate in their own yards.

With hundreds of homes to choose from in Carolina Shores, members whittled down this year’s list of garden-tour candidates to about 25, then the six to be featured Saturday.

Tour homes this year include the Pinewood Drive home of Matt Dillon, a Master Gardener and the only male member of the club.

“This garden will make you want to dance,” reads a tour description of Dillon’s home highlighted with a stone flowerbed and corner garden surrounded by dwarf gardenias and shrubbery.

Other private gardens on the tour include the Sunfield Drive home of Ed and Barb Gleed, which is surrounded by greenery and has a three-tier pool with curved bridge in the backyard.

Also on the tour are Evelyn Juskis’ Calabash Drive home, where birds and bees reign, and the Brassie Drive home of Pat Taylor overlooking the golf course.

Mort and Lois Hansen’s featured garden on Gate 6 is described as perfectly landscaped next to one of Carolina Shores’ ponds, with “massive plantings of Fatsia and flowering shrubs.”

Also on the tour is Gerald Franklin’s Pine Court home, described as a “sanctuary of plants and statues.”

Garden club members will be acting as hostesses at each tour stop, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer visitors’ gardening questions. Visitors also are invited to bring samples of their problems.

Tickets are $6 and available at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash and on Saturday at Carolina Shores Town Hall on Persimmon Road, where coffee and doughnuts will be served from 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are accompanied by brochures with maps and details outlining each of this year’s tour homes.

Tour proceeds will be used for the Carolina Shores Garden Club’s scholarship program.