Stacy Tinsley, Bossier Press Tribune
Homeowners open their gardens and lands to guests
The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners held their annual Spring Garden Tour,
Le Tour des Jardins on 4 and 5 June 2022.
After a two-year absence due to Covid, this year’s garden tour took guests through six beautiful private parks throughout the Shreveport and Bossier City area.
Proceeds from the Garden Tour fund future Master Gardener projects and help advance Master Gardeners’ mission to advance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.
“This is a major gardener fundraiser. So, it’s exciting to be back after a two-year absence. We are even more excited to have so many attendees. We try to have a nice mix every year, some of the gardens are professionally decorated, some of them are very large and some of them are Gardens the size of a small courtyard.It’s always good to see a variety of gardens and get ideas to take home and try out, said Lynne Burke, president of Le Tour des Jardins.
Here is a glimpse of the parks featured on the tour:
Stan and Boots Swain Garden. Green Acres Place, Bossier City park features exquisite art that tells the story of the park owners’ travels. Imaginative gardens can be enjoyed from multiple seating areas offering exotic accessories and a multitude of colours. The gardens contain many unusual plants, and they are a real treat, from Princess Diana Jasmine to Peggy Martin’s roses, cassia vine, coral beans, Japanese quince, and roses. With a balcony and covered patio, this garden is a must-see.
Judy Donaldson Garden. This home in Plantation Trace, Bossier City, is on a big corner, with gorgeous beds all around. On the side of the house is an oak tree with resurrection fern, surrounded by roses, canna, europtalum, Japanese maple and much more. Wrought iron gate leading to a full retreat with gazebo and shi-shed. As you wander around the gardens you will find patio art, gaura, butterfly bush, kaleidoscope abelia, hydrangea and much more.
Scott and Christina Capel Garden. Located in the Kings Pointe subdivision of Shreveport, this garden is beautifully manicured with a variety of annuals and perennials along with evergreens. Once in the backyard, you’ve entered an oasis of hydrangeas, roses, pepalm, echinacea, African iris, widow’s tears, crown of thistles, and summer phlox. Don’t miss the wax night and so much more!
Shari and Steve Atchison Garden. Located on the Ellerbe Road area, this park is exhilarating the moment you arrive, wandering around a portion of five acres and finding hidden treasures beneath each path. You will be greeted by a fountain surrounded by many perennials, such as black and blue salvia, Shasta daisies, Mexican petunias and daylilies. As you continue to wander through the back garden, you’ll see a greenhouse, swimming pool, pond, and barn, along with many winding paths covered in Louisiana irises, dayflowers, coneflowers, hydrangeas, azaleas, and more.
Polly Bowler Garden. As you walk into this South Highlands home, you are drawn to the charm of the South with azaleas, Japanese maples, vaults, and a quiet area for meditation. As you continue past the lace-covered hydrangea, down the trailing edge caladium driveway into the back garden, you’ll find beautiful patios surrounded by maples, iris, salvia, foxglove, daylilies and much more. This garden is a delight!
Charles Rascoe Park. Another charmer in the Southern Highlands, with a sunny front garden filled with blueberries, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, irises, crape myrtle, roses, and yarrow. This home garden has a large collection of iris which is definitely worth a visit. Not to be missed is the Chinese dogwood. The backyard is a shaded garden filled with hydrangeas, peonies, and Japanese maples, and a lovely shaded seating area.
Any Louisiana resident with an interest in gardening and a desire to volunteer for community service may apply to the Master Gardener Training Program. A volunteer in training must attend at least 80 percent of the prescribed instruction hours and pass all exams before becoming a master gardener. Thereafter, Master Gardeners must renew their degrees annually, and are expected to participate in volunteer projects throughout their community.
For more information on how to become an expert gardener, visit http://nwlamg.weebly.com.