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Viewed from above, the stack stone terraces built and planted by Bill Hickman are
impressive. PHOTOS BY JEAN LOMAX

Garden Tour features four beautiful yet different gardens

By Jean Lomax

Gardeners love the spring rain! Rain and sunshine, the addition of plants and shrubs, a path and steps and the natural beauty of Big Canoe shine through to the delight of everyone.

On Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., four homeowners will open their beautiful gardens to the Big Canoe community, their guests and friends.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see how gardeners have faced the challenges of sloping landscapes or deep, shaded areas, have added paths, steps or a water feature and chosen plants that are a stunning complement to the entrance of the home.

Two of the gardens are in Wildcat. Bonnie and Brian Plikaytis’ garden at 75 Red Trillium Lane slopes gently, by Big Canoe standards, and is a testimony to her knowledge and love of plants and gardening. Also in Wildcat, Paulette and Robert Heaphey’s front-only garden at 148 Blue Sage Drive was created by Cynthia Hendry, who has used yellow-, rust- and orange-hued plants along the circular driveway to pick up the colors in the house.

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Plantings either side of the Heaphey’s circular driveway will delight visitors to the 2017
Garden in the Woods Tour.

Across Big Canoe, Jane and Bill Hickman’s garden at 645 Ridgeview Drive is breathtaking, with a water feature near the front entrance and a rear garden, terraced with stack-stone walls and extensively planted.

Lynn and John Simmons own the fourth garden on our tour, at 95 Buttercup Lane. In the heart of “old” Big Canoe, this woodland garden is surrounded by mature trees and falls away to a natural creek. Lynn has created a flower garden at the back of the house, which should be in full bloom during the tour. Follow the path through the garden gate and enjoy the beauty.

Tickets for the tour are $10 and can be purchased in advance by contacting Jean Lomax, 706-268-1396, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by completing a ticket request form, found in the holder below the Wildflower Bunch bulletin board in the postal facility. Please choose to tour on either Friday or Saturday. We will ask you to begin at one of the gardens and to follow a designated route to ease traffic flow. Yes, this is a tour by personal car, so please carpool—it helps with parking at the gardens and it’s more fun! Tickets will also be sold at each of the gardens (cash or checks—no credit cards) Friday and Saturday.

Funds from ticket sales are designated to environmental projects within Big Canoe or local communities.

For more information: https://www.wildflowerbunch.com/.

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