Garden & Outdoor Living Tour

June 5, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cleveland County Arts Council

Gardens Can Be a Work of Art

Like a painter, a gardener experiments with colors. Should a plant with bright orange blossoms go behind a dark purple bush?

Like a sculptor, a gardener will look for plants with interesting shapes.

Like a photographer, a gardener takes into account the changing light during the day.

Join us on Saturday, June 5, 10 am – 5 pm, for our first, self-guided tour of six lovely outdoor living spaces and see the “artistry” created outside.

Tickets ($20) may be purchased from the Arts Council (cash/check/card), Mon. – Fri.  9am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm and on our website (PayPal). You can also purchase them at the individual homes the day of the event (cash/check).

1. Wes Westmoreland
“The Burrow” 849 West Marion Street, Shelby
Ettie and A.V. Hamrick, Sr. built The Burrow in 1928 on his father, Leander Hamrick’s wooded property on West Marion that was for many years known as Lover’s Lane. The backyard at The Burrow reflects the Italian Renaissance-revival architecture of the house and was designed by the owner. The gardens are recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, a Certified Butterfly Garden, and a Monarch Waystation. Parking will be limited, please park on the street to the West, or at the County Library a block to the East. Enter down the drive, and enjoy a glass of Baker Buffalo Creek wine, sponsored by Westmoreland Printers.​​

2. Jim & Mary Esther Toole
514 West Marion Street, Shelby
Jim and Mary Esther have spent over 40 years developing this one acre plot for one of Shelby’s two oldest wooden homes (circa 1852) which was passed down from Jim’s Great Grandfather. This traditional Southern Garden contains hundreds of plants including Azalea, Camellia, Sasanqua, Tea Olive, Gardenia, Japanese Maple, Peony, Daylily, Iris. It also contains Jim’s extensive Hosta collection along with a very rare Camellia “Mount Hoku”.

3. Fred and Nancy Blackley
505 South Washington Street, Shelby
The Blackley garden spreads across three adjoining in-town properties and is the setting for the Blackley House (1927), Bostic House (1900) and Beam House (1895). Seven accessory buildings, a special willow oak, chicken coop, vegetable garden, tiny frog pond, propagation nursery,  tree house, unusual plants, quirky objects and a relaxed approach combine to define this 1.4-acre place.

4. Bobbie Gibson
138 Columns Circle, Shelby
Amazing what can happen in small areas. Originally, the condominium’s side yard was steep and muddy and the courtyard brick was falling apart. With the help of a landscaper we increased the courtyard space, added a raised bed planter and a small water feature. The back area is now accessible with rock stairs and pavers descending from the courtyard. We enjoy the outdoors on the refurbished deck and screened under deck. Accent lights make the once dark yard beautiful at night.

5. Pat & Jim Parr
1322 Vista Drive, Shelby
Twelve years ago we moved from the Shawangunk Mountains in New York to Shelby. While we loved our new home in this wonderful southern climate, there were a number of issues that needed attention on our property–invasive plants, water flooding, too much lawn, lack of plant diversity, not enough birds and insects and a lack of knowledge on our part, to name a few. For the first two years we studied NC fauna and flora. Then for the past 10 years we have worked to create a sustainable native habitat. We are pleased that our property is now a Certified Native Plant Habitat. To make the property more self-sustainable we added trees, shrubs, a butterfly pollinator garden, vegetable and herb garden, shade garden and perennial flower beds throughout the property. While it has taken 12 years to create a diverse landscape around our home, it continues to be a joyful work-in-progress.

6. Beth & Bill Cameron
3016 Bettis Road, Grover
Forty years have passed since we built our home in our patch of the woods. Situated one-mile south of Earl near the SC line, our land is former cotton fields now forested over. Digging up daffodils, day-lilies shrubs and trees over the years helped transform this red-clay land into gardens suited to our NC Foothills. You can hike to our creek cabin or ride a golf cart around as you explore our gardens.

*The tour begins at 10am at the home of your choice.
** Wear comfortable shoes.

Plant Sale at the Arts Council
No ticket required for Plant Sale
Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of
Cleveland County will hold their Annual Plant Sale at the Arts Council from 9am until 2pm, Saturday, June 5. Master Gardener volunteers will help you choose just the right plant for the right place!

Paradise Garden Center
460 Cherryville Rd Shelby, 704-480-1012
Open 9am – 3pm.
Paradise Garden Center invites you to stop in to see their selection of indoor, outdoor, annual and perennial plants, many grown on site. While there, enjoy a slice of wood fired pizza in their outdoor kitchen from 11am – 2pm.