Distinctive bed and breakfast lodging for the April NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens of Savannah Georgia is best savored at Azalea Inn and Gardens, also a select property on this year’s tour. We were honored with the invitation to be a part of the Garden Club of Savannah’s annual fund-raising event, and Jake, of course, was ecstatic! Despite the heavy freezes (and subsequent loss of vegetation) we have experienced this year, he barely blinked as he assured me that we would be ready by the scheduled dates, April 29 and 30, 2011. True to his meticulous nature, Jake has begun working on a map of the grounds marking the locations of the different flora and fauna so we can have identifying signs throughout making the tour of our gardens even more enlightening.
The walking tour includes eight walled gardens and the Owens-Thomas House English inspired par-terre garden, on the US National Register of Historic Places. Different private gardens are selected each year for excellence of design, historical interest and beauty. (Yikes were are excited to be included). Hostesses at each garden greet visitors and point out special plants, garden features, and interesting historical facts. As a bonus, from 2-4pm daily ticket holders are invited to tour the historical Harper Fowlkes House and enjoy a southern tea in its beautiful garden.
We recently began work on the vegetable and herb spot next door and are hoping it will be ready as an added attraction for guests on the tour. Adam Mentzer, of Adam’s Farm, will be our consultant as we plan the garden with raised beds, in-ground gardening, and maybe even some home hydroponics! We are excited about adding this phase of eco-friendly design to the inn’s current plan, and sharing the bounty with our guests, families and friends. Look for the pictures of the project development and then the harvest of food in the Inn’s kitchen and onto your plate!
Chefs Kolin and Kimberly are busy redesigning our menus to accommodate the new flavors and textures this gardening project will bring to our table. After everything is planted and the harvesting schedule determined, Kolin will begin his own bi-weekly entries on our Food Page and Blog, sharing recipes and techniques to use every day in your kitchen.