Southern Pines Garden Club set for 65th annual tour

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The 65th Annual Southern Pines Garden Club Tour will be held Wednesday, April 10, featuring homes and gardens in Southern Pines and Pinehurst.

Old Field Cottage - 610 Old Field Road - Southern Pines

A short narrow country lane, Old Field Road, meanders through the pines between Highland and Weymouth Roads with “Old Field” cottage the only home facing it. Built in 1926 during the heyday of Weymouth, it is a hidden gem. Maureen Clark has added creative renovations for use and comfort. Her collection of North Carolina contemporary artists features Thomas Link, Tom Grubb and Nancy Tuttle May among others.

Home of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Dretel - 111 Calloway Place – Southern Pines

The world of Dressage combines elegance, strength and grace. It is a world familiar to Rhonda and Alan Dretel, and a lifestyle perfectly showcased within their home. Sweeping stands of poplars mark your journey through pastures sparkling green beneath the pines, slowly revealing the heart of Fly-Away Farm.

The Shamrock Cottage – 45 McCaskill Road – Pinehurst

Just shy of 100 years old, the Shamrock Cottage was built in 1917 by Warren Bicknell of Cleveland, Ohio. At the time he combined his first and last names ad called the cottage “Warbick.” A world-class golfer, Roland MacKenzie, bought the home in 1963 and completely renovated it. The present owner, a MacKenzie heir, has retained the spirit of the house and this premier golf family. Her grandfather, W.C. Fownes, founded Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh.

Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Skvarla - 615 Linden Road - Pinehurst

This stately English country house aptly named “Whitehall” is located on historic Linden Road. It is surrounded by a leafy canopy of mature magnolia trees. A graceful drive leads to a beautiful fountain and the home beyond. In the late 1920s when the house was built, an unusual construction technique invented by Thomas Edison was used — 18 inch thick walls made of two courses of cement and rebar steel with an air pocket between to act as insulation. In 2003, the home was acquired by Elizabeth and John Skvarla.

Clara McLean Hospitality House/The Healing Garden - 20 FirstVillage Drive - Pinehurst

In April, 2012, Clara McLean House opened its doors. Offering overnight accommodations in an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere, “Clara's House” is a place to call home for patients of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and their loved ones. Tastefully decorated in muted hues of tan, green, and blue, the 20,000 square foot house exudes a welcoming warmth.

Just behind Clara McLean House lies the Healing Garden. Created and designed by volunteers in the style of a classical English garden, this green sanctuary evokes feelings of peace and tranquility. Visitors are treated to a series of garden rooms including a colorful children's garden, a secluded secret garden, a Monet-inspired rose walk, a cascading water garden, a wildlife garden, and many other features. The Clara McLean House and the Healing Garden are funded by community support through the Foundation of First Health.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance at the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines and Lyne’s Furniture in Pinehurst. Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Day of the tour tickets can be purchased at The Campbell House or at any home on the tour. Driving directions are also provided. Luncheon tickets for the Country Club of North Carolina are available the day of the tour at the Country Club and are $17 inclusive. A tour ticket is necessary to enter the gates at The Country Club of North Carolina. Additional information can be found on the website www.southernpinesgardenclub.com.