The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins, on May 3 and 4, 2014. This year’s garden tour will take you through six beautiful private gardens throughout Shreveport and Bossier. Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardeners office at (318) 698-0010. Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $12.
Here is a glimpse of the gardens featured on the tour:
Jackie and Nancy Adcock, Shreveport. The Adcock gardens are spread out on 57 acres surrounding their Southern-style home. There are fruit trees, figs, herbs and much more in a large garden overlooking rolling hills that contain more than 100 live oaks.
Stan and Boots Swens, Bossier City. This fairy garden can be enjoyed from multiple seating areas that offer whimsical accessories and lots of color. The gardens contain river birch, confederate rose, coral bean, angel trumpet, and much more, all surrounding a water feature, greenhouse and vegetable garden.
Louise P. Williams, Shreveport. A lovely garden in Southern Trace with pathways for strolling from a patio with an outdoor kitchen to benches, a fountain and bird bath, all covered with perennials, pass-along plants, and much more.
Joyce Hooper, Shreveport. Sasanquas, Japanese maples, colorful annuals, and roses abound in this Twelve Oaks garden surrounded by a unique, antique fence. The walkway to the backyard opens to a surprise waterfall and koi pond surrounded by an outdoor patio with a fireplace and kitchen.
Brad and Michelle Everson, Shreveport. All views from this South Highlands home look out to their city garden. The front walkway leads to a charming entry porch lined with sago palms, holly and azaleas. A stone walkway lined with Turk’s cap, ginger, crepe myrtles and bananas leads to a beautiful swimming pool and raised deck for entertaining.
Steve and Rene Schoonover, Shreveport. This professional garden by Fleming Landscape and Irrigation and landscape architect Scott Crain is a pastoral setting on 22 acres in south Shreveport. Gardens surround this A. Hays Town-designed home. Louisiana iris thrives along the edge of the lake and the two connected swimming pools are lined with tropical plants, bamboo, roses and stone walkways with dwarf mondo grass.
A Garden Bazaar will be held during the tour at the Pioneer Heritage Center at LSUS, and while there, enjoy a tour of the Heritage Center Gardens, a project of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. Admission to the Heritage Center is free.
Proceeds from the garden tour fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.
For more information contact the Master Gardener office at (318) 698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.