As an added highlight of our annual Home & Garden Tour, we are including some of the most important public gardens in our area:  Weymouth, Campbell House, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.  We are attempting to point out the key role our landscape has played in the development of community, of a reverence for this unique micro-climate, and an ongoing respect for the local environment.  

We occupy one of the ten most endangered ecosystems on the planet, the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.  Our local garden clubs have played an important role in shaping the cultural landscape of our Sandhills with respect to our Longleaf Pine forests, advocating for beautification and horticultural education projects for generations.  Our local garden clubs have literally shaped our community, bringing to bear their political influence to reshape municipal building plans and highway construction, to lining our public spaces with memorial dogwoods in honor of our military veterans. Restoration, preservation and education of the communities these clubs serve has over these years resulted in a deeper understanding of our individual relationship with this effortsrare landscape. 

Drawing close to our 70th year of demonstrating this respect for our local landscape, the Southern Pines Garden Club is urging our tour-goers to include such highlights as the Weeping Cherry Trees of Weymouth's historic gardens, the innovative use of native species within the award-winning Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and the romance of the azalea plantings surrounding Campbell House.


Here are few highlights we are planning in conjunction with these destinations:



An art exhibit will feature watercolor landscape paintings, while local artists will be painting on the grounds.



The annual Weymouth Plant Sale will run from 9 until noon and feature plants propagated from the historic Weymouth Gardens, as well as local favorites and rare species.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the grounds of Weymouth and experience the dramatic weeping cherry trees that line the garden. The Country Bookshop will be present with a selection of gardening books for sale  and a special book-signing by a noted author. Present your Tour ticket for a discount on purchases.



From 9 until noon, the Sandhills Horticultural Society will be having their annual plant sale adjacent to the Gardens, with plants and shrubs propagated from the Garden's own award-winning stock.  The Gardens, covering 27 acres, are open from dawn until sunset and offer an educational adventure to anyone with an interest in plants, nature and design composition.