Last week end Savannah opened her doors for the 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens.  Besides offering 4 days of walking tours (each day in a different section of Savannah), there were great programs and events that you could attend.  We chose to tour the Northeast Historic Landmark District.  IMG_3797Our tickets allowed us to see several homes during a 3 hour period.  Unfortunately for us, the grey skies opened when a thunderstorm rolled through.  My daughter and I (well actually just “I”) got a little testy; it is not fun to stand in a down pour waiting to get inside a house.  But let me tell you, this group has had 80 years to polish their hospitality, and all of the workers did their best to make us feel at home, and got us in as quickly as possible.  If you didn’t make it this year, try next year (

My favorite home on the tour  located on East Oglethorpe was traditional and beautifully appointed with well-loved and cared for family antiques.  This Greek Revival townhouse was the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Conrad Aiken.  The house has been seen in the pages of Veranda magazine, but there is nothing like experiencing the space yourself.

Another interesting home, built in 1867 and located on East Liberty Street had wonderful antiques and a traditional style,  with an enviable view of another important landmark, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

East Liberty Street

East Liberty Street

It is still  early Spring in Savannah but the outdoor spaces were already green and so lovely.  Both traditional and modern designs were show cased.  IMG_3804

IMG_3815When I start touring gardens, my mind begins to work overtime, trying to envision new things to try in my own garden.

The plantings in the pocket gardens of Savannah tend to be more formal IMG_3810than the planting here on Skidaway Island, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbut I just can’t give up some of the formal touches I have always loved – like topiaries.  Eugenia is now in both of my urns at the front walk.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI forgot that I had already ordered two azalea topiaries from Garden Club! IMG_3871 I have one place they could go, but I’d have to dig out all the new daffodils first!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat am I going to do with the azaleas?   Some things never change….like my impulsive buying of plants!   When Spring rushes upon us, it is easy to lose our heads and buy everything we see without regard to where it will fit into our gardens.  I know some of you, dear readers, struggle with this too!  Do you have any plans to be more studied and systematic about how you purchase plants this year?

My plan is to spend more hours in reflection and thoughtful contemplation, with a good cup of tea in hand, and fewer hours scurrying around to all of the nurseries in search of the next great plant!  tumblr_mvscp5B9gw1r8zf24o1_1280 Think first, while sipping, THEN search for just the right plant!  Think, sip, search…

As my son has sometimes questioned, “How’s that working for you?”  I’ll let you know….


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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  1. Dawn says:

    What a wonderful house tour of Savannah (in spite of the downpour), Jayne! I should also try your ‘think, sip, search’ garden design philosophy. Although I have a ‘wish list’ in mind, when I wander through the garden centers completely different flowers jump into my cart! I wonder what colors will catch my fancy this Spring? Happy planting! ♡


  2. Karen B. says:

    What a fun tour that would be. I love the history in your region and can only imagine the gardens and homes in all of the historical beauty. I have tried to keep my garden simple, more perennials than annuals, since working full time limits my time. I’ve found that for me, it’s more important to have a well tended garden then a disorderly one…I do miss the annuals and have planted quite a few (for me) this spring.
    By the way, I forwarded your post on Daffodils to my friend, she plants bulbs every year and was complaining that the daffs don’t last long. The long lasting daffs you talked about sound wonderful.
    Your yard looks calm and sweet.


  3. Savannah is such a gorgeous city. Thank you for rekindling wonderful memories with your beautiful tour. 🙂


  4. fishhawk says:

    Surely this is a site well worth seeing.


  5. Les says:

    I love Savannah and could easily call it home, and Savannah in spring is absolutely lovely.


  6. I am fairly rational and research based when it comes to plant buying. Sometimes I get suckered but less and less. I just don’t have room for them all, unfortunately. Savannah is a beautiful place!


  7. bittster says:

    Beautiful houses and gardens, I bet once you got over the downpour it was a great day.
    I’m pretty good with avoiding impulse buys. I like to line up all my homeless plants along the driveway and it keeps me humble when I get into the car for a nursery trip… or get out and put another plant in line.


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