Want to see some of the most beautiful gardens in the Shreveport-Bossier area? It’s that time of year again for the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners annual spring garden tour. 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.
SEE SIX PRIVATE GARDENS:
1. STAN AND BOOTS SWEN GARDEN
This Green Acres Place, Bossier City garden has wonderful yard art that tells a story of the garden owners’ travels. The fairy gardens can be enjoyed from multiple seating areas that offer whimsical accessories and lots of color. The gardens contain many unusual plants, and is a true delight, from the Princess Diana Clematis to the Peggy Martin roses, cassia vine, coral bean, Japanese quince, and crinums. With a gazebo and covered patio, this garden is a must-see.
2. JUDY DONALDSON GARDEN
Bossier City, this home is situated on a corner lot, with wonderful beds everywhere. At the side of the house, there is an oak tree with resurrection fern, surrounded by roses, cannas, loropetalum, Japanese maples and much more. A wrought-iron gate leads to a retreat, complete with a gazebo and She-Shed. As you wander throughout the gardens you will find yard art, gaura, butterfly bush, kaleidoscope abelia, hydrangeas and more.
3. SCOTT AND CHRISTINA CABELL GARDEN
Located in Kings Pointe subdivision in Shreveport, this garden is beautifully manicured with a variety of annuals and perennials along with established evergreens. Once you enter the backyard, you have entered an oasis of Oakleaf hydrangea, roses, beebalm, echinacea, African iris, widow’s tears, crown of thorns and summer phlox. Don’t miss the night blooming cereus.
4. SHARYE AND STEVE ATCHISON GARDEN
Located in the Ellerbe Road area, this garden is a delight the moment you arrive, as you wander around part of its five acres and find hidden treasures down 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 around the back garden you will see a greenhouse, pool, pond, and barn, along with many winding paths covered with Louisiana irises, daylilies, cone flowers, hydrangeas, azaleas and much more.
5. POLLY BULLER GARDEN
As you walk up to this South Highlands home, you are drawn to the southern charm with azaleas, Japanese maples, crinums, and a quiet area to reflect. As you continue past the lace-cap hydrangeas, down the caladium edged driveway to the back garden, you will find beautiful patios surrounded with maple trees, irises, salvia, foxglove, daylilies and so much more. This garden is a delight!
6. CHARLES RASCOE GARDEN
A South Highlands charmer, with a sunny front garden filled with blueberries, daylilies, black-eyed Susan’s, irises, crepe myrtles, roses, and yarrow. This cottage garden has a large collection of irises which will be worth the visit. Not to be missed is the Chinese dogwood. The backyard is a shade loving garden filled with hydrangeas, peonies, Japanese maple, and a lovely, shaded sitting area.