Tabby & Tillandsia
Garden Walk






                          Presenting Sponsor
                ACE Garden Center



2017 Garden Descriptions 

Cassina Garden Club members invite you to join us in touring the gardens that we have picked out for your enjoyment. This Tabby & Tillandsia Garden Walk exemplifies our theme this year of “It’s A Southern Thing”. These beautiful gardens will showcase the many tropical to semi-tropical plants growing on our Southern Coast of Georgia. The canopy of our majestic Live Oaks of Saint Simons Island will shade your way through many of the gardens. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, come admire the remarkable rejuvenation that Mother Nature brings to our community with Springtime.


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Garden #1   
St. Simons Community Gardens
                       (10am-12pm, Only)

The Community Gardens, operated by the SSI Family Garden Club, contain 96 gardening plots. The property is owned by Glynn County and interested gardeners apply to the county for their plots. The individual gardener decides the exact design and usage of his space. Some are raised beds, some are organic plots. The Garden Club makes a coordinated effort to collect surplus vegetables raised here and take them to the Sparrow’s Nest for their Pantry.

The SSI Family Garden Club will have volunteers in the gardens on Tour Day (10am-12pm) to talk with Garden Walk visitors about their gardens and gardening on SSI.


Garden #2    “Grey Owl Inn”


A winsome Bed & Breakfast, this newly-renovated old island cottage will invoke a sigh of contentment when walking around the boardwalk surrounding a large natural pool. Inn guests enjoy a peaceful respite in a poolside gazebo while perusing the surrounding gardens, the stately old oaks and the pond stocked with fish. Another treat awaits down a path to a grandmother’s cottage, a delightful oasis for youngsters, with murals by Linda Wunder who will be present during the Tour. Tour visitors will also be able to walk through a portion of the lower level of the Inn (until 3 pm) to view the Anglo -themed stained glass doors designed by the same artist. Anyone could easily envision entertaining here in the tradition of the old South.







Garden #3    Kelvin Grove

A professional, locally renowned, gardener’s home is also on our Tour. Take note of her gardening expertise as it enhances the natural environment surrounding the house. As you enter the property, you will walk under a canopy of another of St. Simons’ beautiful live oaks. The outside front wall of the house is a vertical garden on lattice. You will walk past an inviting small covered garden and koi pond at the entry to the house. Then, going on to the backyard, you will see a natural tidal pond and its resident wildlife. There is much to learn from this stop. Take in the hardscape and the creative placement of a variety of greens with the numerous textures of the plantings.


Garden #4   Youngwood

This is a charming four-home neighborhood that provides an escape to an established island presence. The magnificent live oaks dominate the landscape with their commanding presence. Once an old farm, here you will discover one of the oldest registered live oaks on the island, the “Captain Young Oak.” Visitors can view the original low-country farmhouse and gardens, which add a delightful and historic quality to the tour. Also, a relocated beach cottage, with both house and gardens undergoing renovation, is charming. Visitors will have a view of the sweeping front lawn, lined with azaleas and plantings. Make time to pause and relax in a tranquil Asian-themed terrace and garden. Enjoy a walk through this neighborhood with its old St. Simons appeal. The grace and maturity of this neighborhood harken to a time long ago.




Garden #5   Island Club

Our tour stop in the Island Club has a more formal garden design than some on the tour. British-trained landscape designer, Candace Brewer, initially created the garden layout. The owners, over the past 9 years, have added their own inspirations and energy with the collaboration of Joe Wrice, their present landscaper. In this garden, you will walk under the canopy of a loquat tree, and circle a bed of roses, designed and cared for by the owner. The paths through the gardens which lead you alongside the tidal lagoon, are lined with a variety of ornamental plants, herbs and vegetables. Notice the myriad of small vignettes that are well-placed throughout the gardens. You can surely picture yourself relaxing on the veranda of this lovely home carefully oriented with the view in mind.




Garden #6     Kings Point

This stop will bring you to an elegant home in a gated community overlooking the pristine marsh facing the mainland. This garden was designed by one of the community’s preeminent landscape designers, David Wentworth. An arched entryway with oversized Italian pots of flowers welcomes guests to the home. As you walk around the house, you enter a small walled garden through an iron gate. From there you come upon a view envied by anyone who has an affinity for the marsh. Visitors will see a magnificent scene past the beautiful pool of the pristine marsh golf course and Sidney Lanier Bridge. Going down a natural pathway, you will marvel at gardens which masterfully engage the surrounding landscape.



Garden #7    Special Interest Stop    Ace Garden Center

                    Cassina's Presenting Sponsor

Many plants seen on this Garden Walk will be available at the ACE Garden Center.  Come see the beautiful flowers, plants, garden art and garden accessories offered here.


Bedding plants in all colors, herbs, succulents, orchids, bromeliads, shrubs, seasonal specials, shade plants, garden art, ornamental grasses, ceramic pots and baskets, fertilizers, garden tools, friendly and knowledgeable staff – ACE Garden Center has it all.  You are invited to stop at our Special Interest Stop to see what’s new and exciting.  Cassina Garden Club thanks ACE Garden Center for their continuing support of Garden Walk.


On Tour Day, Garden Walk ticket holders will be given a 10% discount on purchases. (Must show ticket.)





                                        Glynn VisualArts     
                                               106 Island Drive (by the Airport)
                                                        “Coastal Scapes Exhibition” (3/6-5/1)

Subject matter is our local flora and fauna; plants, trees, beaches, boats, shells, water, marshes, turtles, shorebirds, sunrises/sunsets, anything that relates to the wild and beautiful “scapes.”





Garden #8  Gascoigne Bluff

Cassina's Historic Tabby Cabins and Gardens




“It’s a Southern Thing”
10 am - 4 pm MARKETPLACE

Local Artisans
Hamilton Plantation Garden Club Plant Sale
Cabin Restoration Progress & Reviews

2 pm - 4 pm GARDEN PARTY
Enjoy gracious Southern Hospitality
Entertainment (Ukulele Strummers) 2:30-3:30 pm
Wet Paint Sale of Garden Artists’ work, 3:45 pm
Raffle - Garden Stop Arrangements, 4:00 pm
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Thank you for supporting this effort by attending our 11th Annual Garden Walk.


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