Haywood County Garden Tour — Forest, flowers, food

By Jim Janke | May 19, 2014

One of the gardens on this year’s tour is at the home of Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer. A shuttle drops guests off at the top of the lot and stone pathways lead to a beautiful raised-bed vegetable garden, a grape arbor and pergolas. The landscaped swimming pool is next, then closer to the house echinaceas and daisies flow near rhododendrons and spruce trees. A creek and natural pond near the house contain water lilies and a family of koi near a waterfall.

Continue around the front of the house to an impressive greenhouse from which the Fangmeyers populate their gardens and grounds. The greenhouse is landscaped with roses, garden pinks, a variety of sages, azaleas and impressive stonework. Gentle suri alpacas graze and romp nearby, and across the drive is a deceptively casual perennial cutting bed that includes iris, day lilies, specimen evergreens, roses, and phlox.

A pleasant walk down the hill leads to carved benches that allow guests to enjoy hostas in the newest shade garden, across from which goats graze on the hillside. Then further down, four horses own the horse stable. A stable garden above an impressive rock wall completes the picture. The shuttle picks guests up at the barn, but those in attendance won’t want to leave quickly.

The Fangmeyer garden provides comfortable benches and chairs throughout to allow guests to stop and enjoy exquisite mountain views. There are bird feeders and houses, occasional lamps that direct the eye, tuteurs, statuary, fencing, stone pathways and walls, and much more. Plantings are waiting to be discovered everywhere. This garden is not to be missed.

The Haywood County Garden Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, rain or shine. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by calling 456-3575. Or reserve a ticket for “will call” on the day of the tour by emailing mgtour2014@charter.net.  Garden Tour proceeds fund education-related horticultural projects in Haywood County.