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2011 NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens, WJCL and the Azalea Inn Gardens

April 26th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea Inn and Gardens – ongoing beautification

 

Join us this Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4 for the 2011 NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens- a private glimpse into eight beautiful gardens that are not normally accessible to the public.  These hidden gardens are north of Gwinnett Street (NOGS) in the historic district of Savannah and proceeds go to support the charitable works of the Garden Club of Savannah.  Recently, WJCL interviewed Pat Ryan of the Garden Club and Teresa Jacobson of Azalea Inn and Gardens for a sneak preview of what garden enthusiasts can expect (click here to see the interview).

We think you will be amazed at the growth the produce gardens have achieved since the filming two weeks ago!  Tomato plants are now 2 to 3 feet tall and some are setting blossoms; cucumbers are climbing and setting buds as are the cantaloupe and Galia melons.  The herb garden has taken off as have our blueberry bushes and strawberry plants.  Adam Mentzer of Adam’s Farm came by last week and erected the climbers for tomato plants, cucumbers, melons and pole beans, so the visual is a bit amusing as you see a sea of white strings delicately holding up the tips of so many of our plants.  The snake gourds have taken hold right next to the four Georgia blueberry bushes and delicate blue and pink trumpet vines scale the lattice at the front of the produce garden.

Azalea Inn has been at the forefront of the eco-friendly sustainability model for downtown Savannah bed and breakfast inns being the first inn to champion recycling several years before the city provide curbside service.  It seemed logical to continue the trend by adding low volume drip and micro-drip irrigation throughout the two gardens, and to expand last year’s 12×15 produce beds to encompass the entire back yard of the inn’s neighboring plot.  The amazement of our guests upon seeing the “mini-mini farm” we have sustained in the middle of an historic downtown city  has been the source of inspiration for many.

Join us this Friday and Saturday and show your support for the many wonderful causes of Savannah’s Garden Club.  Tickets are $45 per person or $40 each for a group of ten or more.  For further information, please visit their website at http://www.gcofsavnogstour.org/.

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