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A beautiful weekend on the Secret Garden Tour 2016
Secret Gardens of the Emerald Coast 2016 is past.
Garden #1 featured a pergola, brick walkways, and a raised-bed vegetable garden. Care has been taken to mix color and textures and to include plants that attract birds and butterflies. Seven different feeders ensure a continual parade of birds. Additionally, more than 70 planters and flower pots provide the viewer with focal points of varied heights.
Garden #2 was an encore from last year’s tour back by popular demand. Magnificent cannon have been added to make a more impressive entrance. On the extensive grounds there are six separate gardens, each with a lovely focal point including an ancient olive tree, a fountain, statuary, terraces, attractive seating, or award-winning horticulture.
Garden #3 featured Windsor-block and stack-stone retaining walls, flagstone walkways lined with river rounds, and a good mix of native plants and bulbs that transform this property to highlight the peaceful creek views from the house’s huge windows.
Garden #4 was a historic church whose grounds cover an entire block. Tour attendees are welcome to view the beautiful sanctuary and multiple planting areas surrounding various buildings on the campus, featuring a riot of color with a profusion of horticulture.
Garden #5 – Walkways on each side of the house lead through gates into a truly secret garden. The main attraction of the live-oak-shaded back yard is a jasmine-covered arbor inviting one to sit in this outdoor oasis and absorb the serenity of the surroundings. But the interest doesn’t stop there – three sets of steps lead to an upper level of the yard with pathways twining across the top, visiting bird baths and private nooks.
Garden # 6 and #7 sit beside each other and border the Pensacola Country Club golf course. Garden #6 has a rear courtyard shaded by four large Natchez crepe myrtles and is further adorned with potted citrus, boxwoods, and agapanthus. Various features reflect the owners’ Louisiana roots.
Garden #7 has impressive plantings in the front yard that include a huge, unusual Sylvester palm and small-leafed Shishi camellias bordering the front porch. The back yard features statuesque crinum lilies, agapanthus, oakleaf hydrangea, a magnolia and a cypress tree, daylilies, and Indian hawthorn surrounding the back deck.
Garden #8 has withdrawn their garden from the tour.