Master Gardener The Tour of the Gardens

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Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press Tribune

Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press Tribune

The owners open their gardens and grounds to guests

The Master Gardeners of Northwest Louisiana hosted their annual Spring Garden Tour,
The Tour of the Gardens on June 4 and 5, 2022.

After a two-year absence due to Covid, this year’s garden tour took guests through six beautiful private gardens in the Shreveport and Bossier City area.

Proceeds from the garden tour fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardener’s mission to improve the quality of knowledge of community gardeners.

“This is the master gardener’s main fundraiser. So, it’s exciting to be back after two years away. And we are even more delighted to have so many participants. We try to have a good mix every year, some gardens are professionally done, some are very large and some are small courtyard sized gardens. It’s always nice to see a variety of gardens and get ideas to take home and try,” said Lynn Burke, Garden Tour Chair.

Here is an overview of the gardens presented during the visit:

Stan and Boots Swen Garden. This garden in Green Acres Place, Bossier City has beautiful artwork that tells the story of the garden owners’ travels. The fairy gardens can be enjoyed from several seating areas that feature whimsical accessories and lots of color. The gardens contain many unusual plants and are a real delight, from Princess Diana Clematis to Peggy Martin roses, cassia vine, coral bean, Japanese quince and crinums. With a gazebo and a covered terrace, this garden is a must.

Judy Donaldson Garden. Located in Plantation Trace, Bossier City, this home sits on a corner lot, with wonderful beds throughout. Next to the house there is an oak tree with a resurrection fern, surrounded by roses, cannas, loropetalum, Japanese maples and much more. A wrought iron gate leads to a retreat, with a gazebo and She-Shed. As you walk through the gardens you will find court art, gaura, a butterfly bush, abelia kaleidoscope, hydrangeas and much more.

Scott and Christina Cabell Garden. Located in the Kings Pointe subdivision in Shreveport, this garden is beautifully maintained with a variety of annuals and perennials as well as established evergreens. Once you enter the backyard you have entered an oasis of oakleaf hydrangeas, roses, lemon balm, echinacea, African iris, widow’s tears, wreath of thorns and summer phlox. Don’t miss the cereus blooming at night and more.

Sharye Garden and Steve Atchison. Located in the Ellerbe Road area, this garden is a delight from the moment you arrive, as you wander through some of its five acres and find hidden gems along every path. You will be greeted by a fountain surrounded by many perennials, such as black and blue sage, Shasta daisies, Mexican petunias and daylilies. Continuing into the back garden you will see a greenhouse, swimming pool, pond and barn, as well as many winding paths covered in Louisiana irises, daylilies, conical flowers, hydrangeas, azaleas and even more.

Polly Buller’s Garden. As you walk into this South Highlands home, you are drawn in by southern charm with azaleas, Japanese maples, crinums and a quiet area to reflect. Continuing past the lacy hydrangeas, along the caladium lined driveway to the rear garden, you will find beautiful patios surrounded by maples, irises, salvia, foxglove, daylilies and more. This garden is a delight!

Charles Rascoe Garden. Another South Highland charmer, with a sunny front garden filled with blueberries, daylilies, black-eyed Susan, irises, crape myrtles, roses and yarrow. This priest’s garden has a large collection of irises that will certainly be worth a visit. Don’t miss the Chinese dogwood. The backyard is a shady garden filled with hydrangeas, peonies, Japanese maple and a lovely shaded area to sit.

Any Louisiana resident who is interested in horticulture and wants to volunteer for community service can apply for the Master Gardener training program. A volunteer-in-training must attend at least 80 percent of the prescribed teaching hours and pass all examinations before becoming a master gardener. After that, master gardeners must renew their certification every year and they are expected to participate in volunteer projects throughout their community.

For more information on how to become a master gardener, visit http://nwlamg.weebly.com.

Located at Green Acres Place, Bossier City, Stan and Boots Swen welcome guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins to their garden on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Green Acres Place, Bossier City, Stan and Boots Swen welcome guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins to their garden on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Green Acres Place, Bossier City, Stan and Boots Swen welcome guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins to their garden on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Green Acres Place, Bossier City, Stan and Boots Swen welcome guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins to their garden on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Green Acres Place, Bossier City, Stan and Boots Swen welcome guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins to their garden on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Plantation Trace, Bossier City, Judy Donaldson proudly shows off her garden to guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Plantation Trace, Bossier City, Judy Donaldson proudly shows off her garden to guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Plantation Trace, Bossier City, Judy Donaldson proudly shows off her garden to guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Plantation Trace, Bossier City, Judy Donaldson proudly shows off her garden to guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
Located at Plantation Trace, Bossier City, Judy Donaldson proudly shows off her garden to guests of the Master Gardener Le Tour des Jardins on Saturday June 4th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
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