What to expect on the Cleveland County Arts Council garden tour

Are you a lover of flowers, outdoor living and garden art?

The Cleveland County Arts Council is hosting this event with the 2024 Garden and Outdoor Living Tour.

The self-guided tour showcases seven outdoor living spaces across the province on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the Arts Council at 111 S. Washington St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by calling 704-484-2787. People can also find the event on the Arts Council Facebook or purchase tickets at individual homes on the day of the event (cash/check only).

In addition to the tour, event sponsor Paradise Garden Center at 460 Cherryville Road invites participants to stop by and view their selection of plants. Enjoy a piece of wood-fired pizza in the outdoor kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tour locations include:

Billy and Catherine Lovelace

4021 Harris Creek Road, Lawndale

We built our house on a little piece of paradise with beautiful mountain views from sunrise to sunset. We started our yard and garden with a clean slate and an abundance of full sun and little shade on what used to be farmland with rooting, sprouts and plants started at our previous home. We wanted to do a garden walk, similar to the walkway in Lake Lure, and initially planted somewhat randomly. We are entering our third year and the garden is taking on its own character.

Steve Leatherwood

121 Carriage Ride, Shelby

Our garden/garden consists of several large plant groups. The largest group are conifers, holly and other evergreens. We also have a number of flowering plants including daylilies, petunias, peonies, hydrangeas, roses and others. We have a small vegetable garden with tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and other kitchen vegetables and herbs. There is a small “orchard” consisting of apple, cherry and peach trees, grapes and blueberries. Other trees include elm, maple, pecan, willow, oak, red-twig dogwood, pine, Japanese maple, birch and crepe myrtle.

Beth and Steve Gerhart

51 Heritage Avenue, Shelby

Beth and Steve Gerhart retired to Shelby in 2012. Landscaping, including flower gardens and arbors, was the first planned improvement to Beth’s hobby at this Moss Lake home. She is a member of the American Camellia Society and the local Herb Society. Varieties of potted camellias moved from Louisiana now line the east side of the front yard. In other parts of the gardens you will also find camellias, along with a mature holly tree, an arbor of magnolia and jasmine, hydrangeas, azaleas and roses. Behind the garage, on the kitchen deck, there is an assortment of kitchen herbs. A sidewalk and steps, next to the small goldfish pond, end at the lower level patio.

Bill and Jan Murray

412 JohnsfieldROh yeah, Shelby

Welcome to our green oasis and botanical wonderland. A symphony of colours, scents and textures to soothe and relax in a literal plant paradise. Our French Country style home sits on a professionally designed 2.5 acre landscape with a quarter acre reclaimed farm pond as the centerpiece of the property. We lived here for four years and spent a lot of time and effort reclaiming, renovating and expanding the existing flora. The previous owner spared no expense in the initial landscaping efforts and our efforts are certainly a work in progress. Come and experience the botanical treasures, including an eclectic mix of flowering flora, towering Cryptomeria standing guard over Japanese maples, ferns, heuchera, rhododendron and countless varieties of azaleas.

Bryan and Beth Shull

501 Williamsfield Dr., Shelby

Our traditional Craftsman-style home, yard and garden in Shelby’s Johnsfield neighborhood is 10 years old. Because we love the mountains, we feel like we are there with the large evergreen trees that form the centerpiece of our garden. In recent years we have added annuals and perennials to our landscape. Bryan likes to work outside and maintain it well. We welcome your visit, please rest and enjoy the scenery on our porches or by the fire pit.

Joe and Janet Bothel

1114 Bethlehem Church Road, Grover

We moved to our home on Bethlehem Church Road in 1995 after moving from western Pennsylvania to western New York and then to Charleston, West Virginia. When we got here, there were just a few trees and a swimming pool. The landscape was stark and bordered largely on waste farmland. Nowadays there are many more trees on our property and the swimming pool has become a garden. Ten years ago we purchased six suri alpacas from a downsizing farm in eastern Ohio. That’s how we became Out of the Blue Farm. We aim to provide refuge for as many wildlife as possible by planting keystone trees including oak and black cherry (which are home to at least 450 insects) and providing plenty of pollinator plants.

Boyd and Barbara Anthony

44 Lenick Drive, Shelby

Built on family farmland on the First Broad River, our dream home, inspired by unique coastal architecture, is our oasis. The landscaping and outdoor areas feature unusual plantings, accented with bronze sculptures in tranquil spaces to rest and enjoy our gardens that we have created over the past 15 years. We hope you will enjoy the tour.

This article originally appeared in The Shelby Star: Arts Council announces annual garden tour