This annual tour of 6 different gardens in Newark, Delaware and Landenberg, Pennsylvania led us on a merry chase this morning. A benefit for the Newark Arts Alliance, it led us to venues as different as suburban quarter acre lots to multi-acre properties in the woods.
We were lucky to see many red buckeye trees (top) in bloom, a favorite for these horticulture loving homeowners. And the sound of trickling water is always welcome, with unique containers and cleverly constructed waterfalls. Being in the hilly piedmont area, gardeners made good use of the vistas presented by the rolling countryside, often carving out stone stairways to different levels of their properties.
One homeowner proudly showed off a working potting area, while another pointed out a spectacular bigleaf magnolia.
At one wooded property, we were serenaded by myriad birds in the trees, while another had a trio of flutists called "Just Flutin."
It was a perfect morning for garden trekking, being partly cloudy with temperatures climbing after noontime, which is when we finished off the tour with a stop at a local grub spot.