2014 Home and Garden Tour

The Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs, Inc wants to thank everyone who participated in

the 2014 Home and Garden Tour

Friday – Sunday

April 25 – 27, 2014



We want to thank all the locations that sold tickets for the Council’s garden tour:

AB Seed
Located at the Piedmont
Triad Farmer’s Market
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax, NC 27235
Monday – Saturday 8am 6pm
Sunday – 10am-5pm
The Extra Ingredient
801 Friendly Center Rd
Greensboro, NC 27408
Monday-Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm
(336) 299-9767
2437 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 282-6970
The Greensboro Council
of Garden Club Office

4301 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455
336- 282-4940
New Garden Nursery
5572 Garden Village Way
Greensboro, NC 27410
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Monday Closed
(336) 665-0291



New Garden Nursery
3811 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455
Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
(336) 288-8893
Guilford Garden Center
701 Milner Dr
Greensboro, NC 27410
Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 8am-5pm
(336) 299-1535

Mary and Eric Calhoun

1704 St. Andrews Road

(home and garden)

This sophisticated cottage was designed by architect Frank Cheney as his family’s residence in 1996 and acquired by the current homeowners in 1999. It was designed to fit an unusual triangular shaped lot and gives the appearance of having two fronts facing two intersecting streets, with emphasis on the entrance facing south on St. Andrews. Inside is a tiled foyer and stair hall that runs the house’s width. The oak flooring used throughout the downstairs gives a sense of continuity and flow from one room to another. The living room is the most lavishly detailed space, with a beamed ceiling, French doors, custom-milled crown moldings, and stone and tile inlays in the fireplace surround, consistent with the cottage style. The cozy porch on the west end of the house is a favorite spot for relaxation. In 2000, the original attached carport was converted into a large family room. The mahogany furniture in the home is all family pieces. The antique pine furniture pieces are English Country style, imported by The Wind Rose. Throughout the home are many original paintings, some done by homeowner Mary Calhoun, and others done by Andrew Martin, Walter Barker, Robert Barnard, David Bass, Richard Fennell, Henry Link, and others. The front garden was designed by Lee Rogers (Lee Rogers Landscape Design). The pea gravel terrace provides an attractive private entertainment space, and also conceals an elaborate underground drainage system engineered and built by Tim Apple (New Earth Designs). The layout of the terrace and paths is rectilinear, reflecting the architecture of the house. There is formal geometry in the hardscape design, but the plant selections are in the more relaxed cottage garden style, with many flowering and evergreen southern shrubs. The rectangular pool with the fountain has a stucco veneer with Tennessee crab orchard coping, to provide for seating and aesthetics. The homeowners especially enjoy the movement and sounds of the fountain.
Davy Davidson310 Wentworth Drive(home and garden)
This Georgian traditional home was built in  2001 by Wolfe Homes. The interior design is a classic style and was  done by interior designers Rita George Reynolds and Bradshaw Orrell. The interior of the Davidson home is handsome and livable.  Special attention should be paid to the Living Room, noting the antique Irish Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase, c. 1800, and the Persian Heriz rug.  The beautiful side table is a family piece.  Cream silk draperies and custom drapery rods with artichoke finials dress the windows against the lovely soft background of  the walls.  The comfortable upholstery pieces and their rich fabrics serve to complete this quietly inviting space.  The gardens and hardscape were  designed by Lee Rogers (Lee Rogers Landscape Design) and  the installation work was done by New Earth Designs, starting  in 2001. The removal of an enormous tree in 2007 allowed  the Pennsylvania bluestone patio to be enlarged, improving it with a symmetrical layout and built-in gas fire pit. A brick wall with bluestone coping defines the rear edge of the patio and makes that space more intimate, without completely disrupting the traffic flow across the lawn. It also provides additional seating for entertaining on a larger scale. A semicircular double staircase gives access from the upper terrace to the garden. The primary themes of the garden areas are balance and symmetry, with an emphasis on privacy and small-group entertaining. A favorite spot in the garden is the semicircular koi pond installed by Randy McManus Designs in 2009. A magnolia & viburnum evergreen border was planted below the brick retaining wall to screen the rear of the property. Recent plantings include the two ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maples flanking the patio and several ‘Limelight’ Hydrangeas. A mass planting of Oakleaf Hydrangeas along the north wall of the house is particularly splendid.
Nancy and Howard Borum1906 Pembroke Road(home and garden)
This ranch home was built in 1953, with Wayne Smith as the architect and Wolfe Construction as the builder. The current homeowners purchased the home in 2006, and first renovated the master bedroom/bathroom with ADA doorways and a roll-in shower, to allow for “aging in place”. The kitchen and den were extensively renovated in 2013 to open up those areas, add more windows to bring the outdoors in, and also add a covered porch for entertaining. The garden was designed in a classic style, to enjoy the long view and create peaceful areas with balance and symmetry. The garden designers include Tim Knowles (Borum Wade), and Steve Windham and Katie Cardille (New Garden Nursery). The interior theme is classic transitional, and the interior designer was Nancy Borum, the homeowner. Noteworthy items in the home include an English marble top chest in the foyer, a Malaysian wedding chest in the den, a custom designed table/banquette in the kitchen, and an English empire chest in the master bedroom. The garden was designed to provide seasonal color, and there are hydrangea, roses, and daisies. This allows the homeowners to cut fresh flowers and use them throughout their home. There is a cutting herb garden at the foot of the kitchen steps, as the homeowners love to use fresh herbs in their cooking. The slate terrace in Versailles pattern has steps made of Italian slab stones. The fountain and dining table were made by Elegant Earth. The garden is very  new and young, and the homeowners have plans to fill in and do more extensive planting in the years ahead.

Melissa and Doug Frain

4 Windrock Way

(home and garden)

This Neocolonial home was built in 2000 by Gary Jobe, and was one of the first homes in the Bluff’s neighborhood. Special touches include rounded corners, transom windows, bold crown molding, and an abundance of windows. The kitchen, den, and hall bath have recently been remodeled. The interior of the home is a mixture of traditional Southern style and contemporary, clean simplicity. The entryway features 16 Sid Dickens tiles, representing each family member’s interests. The homeowners have worked with interior designer Erin Kivela (Kivela Designs). The centerpiece of the living room is the red loveseat, which belonged to Melissa’s grandmother.  The dining room table belonged to Melissa’s parents and the needlepoint chairs were her grandmother’s. The dining room rug is handmade, 100% silk, and was purchased on a recent trip to Istanbul. The hand-painted kitchen table inspired Melissa’s vision for the dining room. The focal point of the back garden area is the pool, around which is a variety of seating and entertainment areas. The homeowners’ vision has evolved over time and provides a wonderful outdoor living space, which has hosted multiple weddings, including the homeowners’ own wedding. The outdoor fireplace was custom built in 2009, and there are several water elements; extensive stonework; a covered open-air porch; an elegant double staircase; a tiki bar; and custom outdoor up-lighting. The homeowners strive for a mix of color, texture, and lush greenery in their garden, with mainly warm-hued flowers and an abundance of knock-out roses and lantana.  One section of the garden is done in the English garden style, where a variety of wildflowers are planted each season.

The Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs would like to thank:

–    The generous homeowners who have opened their beautiful homes and gardens for our 2014 Home and Garden Tour

 –   All house chairmen, hostesses, and those who worked behind the scene to make this a very successful tour

 –   Local Businesses that sold tickets:

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– Those who provided home owner gifts and raffle items:

 A Linda Taft Design


Anniversary Garden Club

 The Big Greenhouse

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