Smith County Master Gardeners will present four properties on its annual Home Garden Tour designed to showcase the best of landscaping, exterior decorating and gardening techniques.

Featured on the self-guided tour set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 30 are the gardens of homes at 720 Ridge Place Circle, 3612 Silverwood Drive and 922 S. College Ave., all in Tyler; and 17317 Texas Highway 31 East, information from the organization said.

Tickets in advance cost $10 and are on sale at Brookshire's, 100 Rice Road; Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Highway; Blue Moon Gardens, 13062 Farm-to-Market Road 279, Chandler; and Smith County Extension Office, 1517 W. Front St., Room 16.

Tickets will be sold for $12 at each site on the day of the tour.

 

THE GARDENS

 

Brian and Sue McGuire home

922 S. College Ave.

The English Cottage style home, built in 1928, was put on the Tyler's Register of Historical Landmarks in 2003. The home's attractions include a bed of perennials, flagstone walkways, an English style rose garden, a gazebo, a koi pond, iron window flower boxes, topiary designed with juniper, Japanese painted ferns and a stone picnic table and wall.

 

Jill McIntyre and Dick Grubbs home

7020 Ridgeplace Circle

In the gardens of the stately red brick Federal style home are a sculpture of a girl with a wheelbarrow overflowing with flowers, a bed of tropical allamanda and Chinese hibiscus, an arbor covered with a Peggy Martin rose and a waterfall with sculptures of elephants and a little boy. A focal point is the large pool with a hot tub and waterfall. An outdoor kitchen and pergola provide outdoor living space.

 

Sandy Pannett home

3612 Silverwood Drive

In this garden, pelicans, irises and azaleas abound and "bottle trees" and decorative balls add pop of cobalt blue. Huge oak trees and primary colors brighten the landscape. Other features include multiple seating areas, large flower beds and water fountains intermingled with hydrangeas, roses, large azaleas, bushes and perennials.

 

Kenneth and Joyce Roddy home

17317 Highway 31 East

A large gazebo and flagstone walkways lead into a large ornamental garden modeled after an English cottage garden. In the center is a three-tiered fountain and crepe myrtles in pink, white and red. Outlying beds contain perennials. Nearby, a garden of raised beds contains just about every vegetable imaginable. Roses are planted along the shores of the 16-acre lake.

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