Three of Lincoln Parish's gardens will be open to the public during the Jolis Jardins Garden Tour sponsored by the Ruston Garden Club Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The North Central LA Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale in conjunction with the garden tour.
"Jolis Jardins means beautiful gardens, and we truly have some beautiful gardens in Lincoln Parish," said Olitsa Robbins, President of the Ruston Garden Club.
"People take pride in their gardens here and have been gracious enough to allow the public to view them."
Garden lovers and enthusiasts can purchase tickets to view the three gardens for $10. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2111 North Trenton Street.
Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at each of the gardens and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We encourage people to purchase their tickets in advance," said Susanne Brady, Jolis Jardins Co-Chair. "Tickets will include a map and directions to the tour locations to help guide people who aren't familiar with the area. Participants can purchase tickets and join the tour at any of the gardens or at the CVB."
The gardens on tour include the Squire Creek Country Club home of Renee and Todd Davison in Choudrant and the Ruston homes of Noula and Steve Rodakis and Mary Sue and Charles Smelley.
The Tanglewood Garden, 2500 Tanglewood Drive in Ruston, is the home of Noula and Steve Rodakis.
This garden, with its European setting, will surprise guests with its many fruit-bearing trees, one of which is registered as "Noula's Quince," grown from a seed brought from Greece, Noula's native country.
The Belle Pointe Garden is located at 170 Ramsey Circle in Ruston and is the home of Mary Sue and Charles Smelley.
The quiet, country air is coupled with an abundance of fragrances from over 50 varieties of trees, shrubs and blooming flowers. More than 20 island beds with garden structures, accessories and lush plantings tastefully transition from garden to woodland.
The 2005 Southern Living Idea Home and its professionally landscaped garden is home to Renee and Todd Davison and is located at 194 Brookside Road in the Squire Creek Community in Choudrant.
Accenting the French country character of the home are pronounced colors of red, purple, and white in abundant spring plants. The compelling landscape of this garden compliments the perfect setting for "southern living."
The CVB will host the North Central LA Master Gardeners' plant sale and vendors with handcrafted garden art and accessories.
"This will be our biggest sale of the year and will include a variety of plants grown specifically for the sale as well as pass-along plants from our own gardens," said Donna White, President of the North Central LA Master Gardeners. Light refreshments will also be served at this location.