Friday, August 29, 2008

Garden Tour

Every year for the last several years now my sister and I have gone on "home tours" called the Parade of Homes. You get to see new homes, some remodeled homes, how people have decorated and the new trends in home decorating. It's always been something we've enjoyed doing together and dreaming of how we'd like our "dream home" to be or what we want to incorporate into our own homes. Of course, all the ideas I come home with my wonderful husband just shakes his head and says, "Okay, I'll add that to my list to do...let's see that's number 1001 on the list." He's such a funny man! One of the bad parts of the home tours, though, is that you're not allowed to take pictures. Anyways, this year, at the beginning of the summer, my sister and I went on a Garden Tour and yay! we got to take pictures! I'd like to share some of the beautiful flowers and gardens with you. The tour began at the Original Governor's Mansion. I was able to get a few pictures of the inside before we headed off to tour the gardens so I'll start with those.

Next we have a view of the city. These were taken by from the first home we went to and the view they get to enjoy as well as their lovely garden.

The garden and home in this next picture wasn't on the tour this year but from what I understand it was last year. It was just a couple homes down from the pictures above.

Now, let's get on to some other homes...

This home had a stream that started at the top of the property in the back of the home and had a few waterfalls and then dropped into a pond. There was a pergola by the pond that you could sit under and relax and just listen to the peaceful, relaxing sounds. You could also sit on the deck of the home and see the stream, the pond and the lake. They did most of the work themselves so they have more than earned getting to sit and take in all this beauty.

This last home here was down a country road a ways and was very nice and secluded. They also have a small stream running beside of their home and a nice sized pond behind their home. They have nice little sitting areas all around the pond. The one picture here is taken from their hot tub looking out at the view they have from there of their yard and the pond. The other picture is a close up of one of the waterfalls on the opposite side of the pond.

Well, hope you enjoyed the tour.

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