NEWBERRY — Area artists and avid gardeners will combine their passions May 31 and partner with the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce for the Garden Tour of Homes.
The tour has been expanded from one several years ago and extends from Silverstreet to a home toward Whitmire and includes several homes in the city of Newberry area.
Liz McDonald with the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce said the route was planned so people could either go to the more outlying places like Carter and Holmes or the home of Jan and George Piersol near Silverstreet and then could have lunch in town before visiting the other houses, or vice versa.
Downtown merchants will have special deals to encourage patrons to make a day of the event.
Drawings will be held for garden prizes. At each stop along the route people can register for the prizes. The drawing is at 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce/Community Hall. People do not have to be present to win.
The four private gardens include the walled garden of Christie and Doggett Whitaker, 1941 Harrington St. Artist Eric Moore will present his sculptures on site.
Artist Tammy Kitchens will display her textiles at the pastoral setting of the garden of Cathy and Scott Cain at 21854 S.C. 76.
Marlene Youngblood shares her paintings at the garden of Nevie Smith at 1235 Calhoun St., a garden McDonald calls more of an English, country garden.
Edith Hawkins’ photography will be on display at the garden of Jan and George Piersol at 80 Lake Drive in Silverstreet, a garden whose prominent feature is a pool.
The other two gardens are Wells Japanese Garden, where Master Gardeners will be on display and have tips for visitors and Carter and Holmes with their world renowned orchids on display.
“Come on out,” McDonald said, “as the Chamber invites you to stop and smell the plethora of flowers blooming this spring.”
Tickets can be bought at the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, 1209 Caldwell St., or the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St. Visit www.newberryoperahouse.com, www.newberrycountychamber.com or call the Chamber at 803-276-4274 for more information.