Tour of Home Gardens to Show off Nacogdoches’ Beauty




Nacogdoches, the Garden Capital of Texas, will showcase some of its most beautifully landscaped gardens during the Tour of Home Gardens, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale at the Charles Bright Visitor Center, 200 East Main Street; International Tours, 3208 North University Drive; The Bosslight, 123 East Main Street; and Charles Pool Real Estate, 3505 North Street. Tickets are also good for $5 off the purchase of two entrees at 1st City Café (expires May 31).

This exclusive tour is curated by the Garden Capital of Texas Committee and includes stunning private home gardens and public gardens. Details for each garden destination will be on the ticket.

Sponsors of the Home Garden Tours are StretchER, BancorpSouth, The Monarch Group of Raymond James, Landworks Landscapes and Pest Control and The Fredonia Hotel.

The money raised by the tour will help fund the Garden Capital committee's planting efforts. The Arbor Day Foundation officially designated Nacogdoches as a Tree City in 2015, after the city partnered with the Garden Capital committee and Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful to meet four core standards of urban forestry management. The Garden Capital Committee has planted more than 1,500 trees in the past four years.

For more information, contact 936.560.5624 or info@keepnacbeautiful.org. Information is also available at www.facebook.com/gardencapital.

The mission of the Nacogdoches Garden Capital of Texas Committee is to educate, engage and inspire Nacogdoches area citizens to become involved in beautifying their community green spaces. The Nacogdoches Garden Capital Committee is a part of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful.

Gardens featured on this year’s tour include:

4219 Raguet Street

“I like to select unusual plant,” Bill Elliot said, “and have about two and a half acres to play with. There is always something blooming and changes occur daily.  I hope your timing is good and you enjoy the plants.”

524 Oakview Dr.

The Abbott/LaRue home is situated on a double lot on the north edge of Nacogdoches.  Over the past eight years, the owners designed and transformed a yard with traditionally established plantings into a beautifully landscaped and functional outdoor living space.  A custom pergola (designed by the owners), hand-built retaining wall, and hand-laid pavers for an extended patio anchor the outdoor space and provided the opportunity to establish wide flowerbeds.  Additionally, many of those traditional plantings were transplanted around the yard to provide the framework for the extended beds.  Over the years the owners removed nine well-established trees but replaced them with 11 trees.  Perennials brought from West Virginia include daylilies, iris, and jack-in-the-pulpit. 

3930 Sir Gawain Drive

This freeform home garden was designed by the homeowners, who started “from scratch” in 2010. There are East Texas standbys like azaleas and hydrangeas, and native plants. A pool was added to the mix in 2016, which shook things up quite a bit. The Rodrigueses family say their goal, like most gardeners, is to have something blooming year-round.

2321 Tanglewood Circle

The Wright family has landscaped their custom-built home with a variety of hardy, drought-tolerant plants that are as attractive as they are easy to maintain.

Corner of University Drive and Main Street

The Nacogdoches County Master Gardeners Association Demonstration Garden was established in 2007 when then County Extension Agent Chad Gulley petitioned the city to turn an ugly piece of property into a beautification project and a demonstration garden to educate the public. The property, which is in the flood plain and had been the site of a chicken processing plant, was taken on by the association and is half way into a 20-year beautification project. It is one of the largest of its type in the country, and like everything else in Nacogdoches is very historic. The demonstration garden was once known as Aqua Vitae Park.  In 1909 it was the site of a medicinal water business and people came from great distances for the healing properties. Today the garden contains a rain water harvesting  model,  a sun dial where you can stand on a month marker and tell the time,  a butterfly garden, a memorial walk (a project of East Texas Hospice) and many beautiful plants and alternate gardening methods.

1112 North Street

As part its service project, the Leadership Nacogdoches Garden’s class of 2016-2017 created a butterfly garden in the grassy area in front of the Simon Recreation Center.  The inviting space features a flourishing garden with a variety of plants that attract butterflies, a storytelling space and plenty of whimsical seating.

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