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What: Carolina Shores Garden Club Tour of Gardens
When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Where: Five featured homes in Carolina Shores
How much: $10; tickets (and maps) available starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Shores Town Hall
Information: Call 575-6877
CAROLINA SHORES—Barb Gleed strolled her picturesque garden where a curved bridge crosses a lily-pad-filled pond and more than 200 varieties of plants and trees grow.
“This is all Ed,” Gleed said of her garden-savvy husband, who is locally renowned for his green-thumb and landscaping talents.
The Gleeds’ outdoor haven is one of five that will be featured in the Carolina Shores Garden Club’s Tour of Gardens set for 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 12.
This year’s tour theme is “A Day of Wine and Roses,” featuring scenic gardens and tasty treats at each stop.
Tour chairwoman Ellen Pecina said it’s up to individual homeowners to decide what treats they’ll be offering guests touring their gardens.
“We’re going to have cold refreshments, and we’re going to make all kinds of floral cookies,” she said, citing edible flowers and herbs, including lavender and thyme.
“We’re trying to share with the homeowners in the community,” Pecina said of the garden club’s fifth annual tour this year. “We’re really stressing planting native trees and plants, hopefully some water conservation,” since summer droughts aren’t unusual in this area.
Club members and homeowners want to show people what they can do with their own gardens and “make their community look more beautiful,” Pecina said.
This is the Gleeds’ second time to be featured in the club’s annual garden tour. Their expansive garden was on the club’s first tour in 2008.
“I do all the mowing and picking up [trimmings],” Barb said, while her husband nurtures the variety of flowers, shrubbery and trees adorning their Calabash Drive yard.
New on this year’s tour is the Canal Way home of Catherine and Martin Sludds, English natives who fittingly have an English garden. Their photogenic garden was meant to be—the couple who lived there before them, Carmela and Michael, were English, too, and had the same initials, Catherine said.
The Sludds are carrying on gardening traditions started by their predecessors, including knockout and tea roses, lavender, jasmine, a communal herb garden with their next-door neighbor, and a symmetrical brick garden reminiscent of an English knot garden in their backyard.
“It’s nice to go with a cup of tea to the bottom of the garden,” Catherine acknowledges in her cordial British accent as she and Pecina walk the Sludds’ winding brick path.
The Sludds’ daughter, Amelia, a student at UNCW, is recipient of a scholarship awarded last year by the garden club. Martin Sludds teaches golf lessons at Ocean Ridge.
“We enjoy the garden, so it will be nice to get to share it with people,” Catherine said, adding they appreciate the scholarship Amelia received.
“It’s kind of a way of giving back to the garden club,” she said.
Tickets for this year’s tour, including maps to the five homes, are $10 and will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Shores Town Hall. For more information, call Pecina at 575-6877.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.