Chapel Hill Garden Tour offers peek at gardening mastery

The annual tour includes five private gardens plus the NC Botanical Garden


The Chapel Hill Garden Club is hosting its 14th biennial garden tour this weekend, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Tucked Away Treasures” and will showcase five private gardens, each with its own unique charm and character, as well as the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG).

The tour offers a diverse range of gardens for exploration. The Carnahan garden is a certified wildlife habitat, showcasing the beauty of native trees and pollinator plants, and the Conger garden demonstrates how deer-resistant plants can create a lush, verdant space.

The Eberts garden is a zen, offering a tranquil space for contemplation, while the Loovis Garden’s forested preserve features a series of garden rooms that invite visitors to immerse themselves in the soothing quality of the forest. Finally, the Yost’s vibrant hillside home is a testament to the joy of gardening in sunny spaces.

In addition to these five private gardens, the NCBG’s Wonder Garden will be open for children to engage in hands-on activities, while the habitat gardens display native spring blooms from various regions of the North State.

“I moved to Chapel Hill in 2016 from the Northeast. I had many gardens in the past but I knew nothing about gardening in this zone. I thought there would be lots of benefits to joining a Garden Club, and I was right,” said Sandy Schroeder, vice chair of the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

She touted the community-building aspects of the club, emphasizing how it brings together members, sponsors, town employees, and, of course, gardeners who have spent years creating their “tucked away treasures.”

For more on the tour, including maps, directions, and a preview of the gardens, visit the Chapel Hill Garden Club’s website or email with questions.

Tickets purchased online are $30, while tickets on bought on site are $40. Gardeners under 16 are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Proceeds from the tour will be used to support the NC Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden, other NCBG programs and the Chapel Hill Garden Club’s service projects.