Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners are extending an invitation to the public to Trails and Trellises, their annual garden tour, which will be held Saturday, May 18.
Four Minden gardens located in the same area will offer visitors a walking tour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
"These gardens feature several relaxing outdoor living spaces, water features, and splashes of vibrant spring color," said Julie Alexander, Trails and Trellises volunteer. "The Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale during Trails and Trellises and the gardens are sure to inspire."
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 by calling Kay Boykin at 745-2630 or Judy Burge at 949-4800, by emailing Glenda Collums at gcollums@ agcenter.lsu.edu or by visiting the Webster Parish Extension Office at 1201 Homer Road.
Piney Hills Master Gardeners will also be selling advance tickets locally to the public. Tickets purchased at the gardens on the day of the tour will cost $12.
The garden oasis of Barry and Pam Teague is a backyard tropical paradise flocked with a colorful canopy of red and green banana trees. Red double knock-out roses, hardy gardenia azaleas, and home run roses dot the landscape, and eight varieties of clematis adorn trellises throughout the property.
Cheery geraniums, periwinkle, and impatiens for shady areas in pink, purple, and red warm the color palate, and 'plum delight' loropetalum, sage, several species of daylilies, and purple salvia hint at the longer days of summer, spent lounging and entertaining guests in the furnished patio area by the pool.
The Teague garden will host the Piney Hills Master Gardener plant sale.
The backyard retreat at Chuck and Shirley Byrd's Tudor-style home is centered around a wildlife-themed outdoor kitchen with exposed beams and bar seating.
A stone path anchored with terra cotta pots winds through the kitchen garden, and a cheerful stone waterfall flows into the koi pond. Bird nesting boxes and wildlife statuary are tucked against the iron fencing, and Confederate jasmine graces the railings. 'Autumn royalty' Encore azaleas, Stella de Oro daylilies, several species of irises, pink spirea, hydrangeas, and ornamental grasses provide subtle variations in color and texture and she incorporates various vegetables and herbs for fresh use into the landscape border near the kitchen.
Visitors to the home of Danny and Melinda Wilson are sure to find a place to relax near the pool and enjoy snacks provided by the Master Gardeners.
The Wilson's outdoor living space is conveniently located near the pool, where the split-level tub spills gently into the larger, stone-lined pool below.
Ample wrought-iron seating areas beneath umbrella canopies provide shade for entertaining, and the large stone and stucco kitchen area is perfect for outdoor living.
Palm trees, sweet olive, Sago palms, and seasonal color are tucked into the brick borders, and a resident bronze alligator greets you from one of the annual flowerbeds near the pool.
The front yard garden of Warren and GiGi Lambard is designed with two large koi ponds, connected by a stone stream that meanders through the property.
It is surrounded by red knock-out roses, purple and gold lantana, and several colorful varieties of ornamental grasses.
Two walking paths cross the stream, and loropetalum and purple saucer magnolias are planted among colorful sun-loving flowerbeds that feature white, fuschia, and purple vinca, blue-violet ruffled irises and hot pink hardy hibiscus.
Behind the waterfall grows a piper duritum, or "root beer plant" a Mexican native. Southern magnolias exude a distinct southern charm that matches the overall landscape.