About

Ty Elliott, Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour Chair

Ty Elliott, Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour Chair

The Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour is held every two years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Organized by the Chapel Hill Garden Club, the tour began in 1996. Through the years many of Chapel Hill’s finest private gardens, representing a variety of gardening styles and sizes, have been opened to the public for viewing. In recent years the tour has expanded to include the NC Botanical Garden as well as school and community gardens.

Tour Committee

Tour Committee

Tour proceeds support the NC Botanical Garden as well as The Chapel Hill Garden Club’s many service projects. Tour funds allow our members to contribute their time and gardening talent to beautify our community and spread the love of gardening. In addition to planting and tending to a Franklin Street planter, club members maintain annual and perennial areas, raised beds, and pots for the enjoyment of residents at Freedom House, a recovery center, and The Stratford and LiveWell, both assisted living facilities. Recently, members took responsibility for the design, planting, and maintenance of the new humming-bird garden at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

Ronald McDonald House volunteers

Ronald McDonald House volunteers

Habitat homeowner with tools purchased with funds from tour proceeds

Habitat homeowner with tools purchased with funds from tour proceeds

The Chapel Hill Garden Club

  • Organized 1931
    501(c)(3)  Charitable Organization
  • Federated with the NC Garden Club 1932
  • Number of members: 121 as of November 8,  2015
Char Thomann, President of the Chapel Hill Garden Club

Char Thomann, President of the Chapel Hill Garden Club

For more than 80 years the Chapel Hill Garden Club’s talented members have devoted themselves to learning all they can about gardening and have used that knowledge for the betterment of the community. From Victory Gardens to public gardens, from garden education at elementary schools to garden therapy at rehabilitation centers, from preservation of open space to plant rescue at development sites, the Chapel Hill Garden Club has been an integral part of the social fabric of the community.

The Club’s mission is “to educate its members in horticulture, floral design, landscape design, and sound environmental practice, and to encourage public and civic beautification.” The essence of the club’s activities has remained the same throughout its history—teach ourselves for the purpose of helping the community.

 

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Photographs courtesy Daphne McLeod, Beth Haskell and Vicki Scott