Tom and I have discovered garden tours. Well, I have discovered them and he’s happy to go along.
We went on our first tour a couple of weeks ago, and it was interesting and the gardens were impressive, but not quite our taste.
Yesterday, however, we went on the Wornall/Majors Kansas City Garden Tour and had the best time. The weather was perfect (low 80’s, sunny, breezy) and the gardens were stunning, so I wanted to share.
The first couple of gardens weren’t homes that people lived in, but other interesting venues, like this fire station.
It’s the studio of sculptor Tom Corbin and the side courtyard has been turned into a sculpture garden.
All of the green in this garden is very serene, and then there are little pops of red in the flowers, chairs, and doors of the building.
This sculpture of a man on a diving board was delightful! See the rubber duckie in the corner of the pool? The fountain caused it to float around the pool. So fun.
Our next stop was Oak Street Mansion, a home that has been turned into a bed and breakfast and art gallery, appropriate since it’s so close to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Kansas City Art Institute.
I’m sorry I didn’t some away with more pictures of the grounds here. This was Tom’s favorite stop.
Two of the stops on the tour were in the Crestwood neighborhood of Kansas City. I couldn’t pass up a picture of this street as we walked between the two homes.
The first house had a brick wall that enclosed the front yard. This shot below with the table and sculpture of garden tools is what you see from the street.
And this is the side entrance to the front yard.
Both the front and back yards of this house have a very secluded and private feel. These next few shots are from the front garden.
And these are some shots of the back yard. I loved everything about this section of the garden: the hydrangeas, boxwood, cherub statue, and urn.
The second Crestwood house was more understated.
Again, I wish I had taken more pictures of this garden, but I did get one of this wonderful shed.
And this light with the table of topiaries in clay pots – I loved this little scene.
Tomorrow I’ll be back with my favorite stop on the tour. Have you been on garden tours in your area?