Gardens on Tour

“The Petite Cottage Garden of North Main”

The Gardens & Arboretum of the Kilgore-Lewis House

560 N. Academy Street

This public garden is open tour days free to the public without a tour ticket

The historic house is open to visitors on tour days and guided tours are available

Open 10am to 4pm    Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11

Parking available in the upper lot with easy entrance to the gardens

This historic 1838 house and its gardens are a jewel in the heart of downtown Greenville. With 5+ acres of arboretum and a botanical garden, it is fitting that this location honors National Public Gardens Day on May 10. Here you will enjoy exploring the individual gardens tended to by various garden clubs in the Council- several perennial gardens, a Carolina Fence Garden and a shady moss garden. See the original water source for the City of Greenville, used by native peoples and located in the lower garden. The newly accredited Level I Arboretum** has over 70 labeled trees with natives and specimen trees, including Cypress knees, False Larch, Cherry Bark Oak, and a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. These gardens and the historic house are available for weddings and events. 

** The Arboretum has recently been awarded a Level 1 Accreditation by the Morton Registry and Abnet. We now join a community of tree-focused public gardens that help to educate the public on the importance of trees in our environment. What is an Arboretum? Its a living tree museum and a collection for display, education and scientific research.    

Private Gardens on the Tour………

Karen LaFleur-Stewart  216 East Park Avenue

This is a legacy garden dating from 1913, and nurtured back to life by the owner over many years.

Assisted by designer Dianne Nodine, the owners goal is the preserve remnants of the original plantings as well as the add texture and integrate a growing collection of new and native cultivars. Many heirloom plants adorn the garden as well as whimsical sculptures to keep the mood light. A new native plant  creek side garden includes milkweed and goldenrod, with an under planting of sprint bulb and spider lilies. Favorites includes ferns, huchera, farfugium, peonies, quince. This 3 level garden offers a variety of visual perspectives, seasonal changes and evolution over time.

Lisa Shanks  9 Poinsett Avenue

In keeping with the Mission/Arts & Crafts style of this 100 year old house, this organic garden offers visitors a delightful stroll under an alee of crepe myrtles and a path winding thru alpines and rockery plantings in the front garden. Native plantings around the pond soften the area in the back garden while hardscape and raised beds provide additional interest in this garden brimming with color and style. A habitat purpose-made for birds, butterflies and bees, and for enjoying nature just steps from the city. Favorites include Tree Peonies, a hardy orchid tree, American Wisteria and Weeping Lilac.

Vanessa Peterson  101 Vannoy Street

A front pocket garden in the rambling cottage style is enhanced by a lush vine draped above the entire front porch. This tiny front garden is charming and cosy, with pops of sunny color from baskets of flowers. It brings to mind cracked sidewalks and front yards of so many years ago.

Rebecca & Mitchell Lehde  103 Vannoy Street

This fenced front garden is modern in style and affords the owners a place to unwind and say hello to the neighbors. Pots of lush annuals and shrubs lend style to this pocket garden while functioning as an outdoor room on a friendly urban street. It’s called making a small space work for you!

The Cridland-Hughes family  125 Bennett Street

This small front yard garden is a family project. The owners and their small children love to plant vegetables and herbs in their front raised beds. Pots of basil, thyme, and dill grow tall in the sunny yard. Neighbors stop to see their progress and the children are learning to love to garden!

Millie Wilson  129 Bennett Street

A small but exuberant front garden filled with color and texture, this looks to be a true cottage garden of textbook style. The owner layers the garden using the fence for vines and a backdrop for the perennials and annuals that color the beds inside the fence and out. Baskets full of blossoms and herbs greet you on the sunny front porch and birdhouses peek from beneath the trees.

Jan Bailey & Bill Payne  111 Gallivan Street

This southern garden a short way from downtown was designed by J. Dabney Peeples many years ago. It provides an oasis of shady rooms joined by reclaimed brick terraces and wandering walkways, designed to lead the eye forward to a new experience- a fountain, birdbath or bench. A large hedge of Fortunes Osmanthus hide the garden from the street. The over 25 species of trees and shrubs enclose the garden including Admiral Semmes Azalea and Edgeworthia chrysantha. Pots of annuals lend a pop of color to this shady sanctuary.

Brian Such  23 Garreau Street

North Main may be city living but this owner brings a farm-life attitude to the garden. With organic veggies, persimmon trees and fresh eggs, this plot is more than just flowers! The yard is framed by permanent plantings and evergreens along with terraced vegetable beds. The free-flowing year to year movement of the wildflowers gives the space a concentration of color, with sunflowers and cone-flowers the most dramatic. Rain chains, trellises, and stone paths add to the charm of this exuberant garden. Included are plants the produce winter berries for the birds. Theres a lot going on in this small terraced garden.! Dont forget to visit the chickens!