KC Garden Tour

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.

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The first couple of gardens weren’t homes that people lived in, but other interesting venues, like this fire station.

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It’s the studio of sculptor Tom Corbin and the side courtyard has been turned into a sculpture garden.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I’m sorry I didn’t some away with more pictures of the grounds here. This was Tom’s favorite stop.

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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.

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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.

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And this is the side entrance to the front yard.

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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.

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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.

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The second Crestwood house was more understated.

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Again, I wish I had taken more pictures of this garden, but I did get one of this wonderful shed.

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And this light with the table of topiaries in clay pots – I loved this little scene.

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Tomorrow I’ll be back with my favorite stop on the tour. Have you been on garden tours in your area?