Cassina Garden Club Tabby & Tillandsia 2023 Garden Walk Descriptions
Black Banks Garden
Parking is available at Truist Bank - 501 Sea Island Rd

This stunning Black Banks renovation displays the charm of coastal living. Enter the garden through a jasmine topped pergola gate that is framed with queen palms, cabbage palms and African Iris. As you continue along the circular path see a modern fire pit that is framed with three Bismarck palms showing off their spectacular silvery gray fronds. The sparkling pool is accented with large containers of Agave and Carex ever-gold grasses. This garden invites you to stay awhile and enjoy this playful area.
Sea Palms Coastal Classic
Nestled among stunning oaks, this traditional ranch home’s front garden is anchored by a large Date Palm surrounded with layers of boxwoods, sunshine Ligustrum and seasonal color. Carex grasses and Agapanthus frame the front of the home with shades of green and movement. Mature tree-form Camellias dot the gardens adding texture and color. The rear garden is set against the green of the golf course and a sparkling lake all framed by our beloved oak trees. Hydrangeas, Ligustrum and basket grasses thrive in this cool shady area. This spacious classic coastal garden is a true example of low county plantings at their best.
Garden at the Commons
Hardscapes define this compact but charming space filled with unexpected materials such as rock, iron, and brick. Juniper and firecracker plants buzzing with hummingbirds greet you at the entrance to this secret garden. Through the architectural garden gate, find a kitchen garden filled with vegetables. Recycled Brunswick brick, pavers and curb stones are lovingly incorporated by the garden owners into pathways, a barbeque pit, a poolside cabana, and a children’s playhouse. Fragrant vines and citrus trees welcome birds and butterflies. An aqua pool with a nearby trickling waterfall and goldfish pond will charm and enchant each visitor. Colorful plants and collected garden ornaments spill over every sunny pathway while a sliver of shaded area boasts huge staghorn ferns and a specimen Lady Sago Palm.
High Heel Farms at Frederica
Frederica Township garden viewing is accessible by trolley tour only. Trolleys (total 2) will depart from Frederica Park where free parking is available. Trolleys will run continuously from 9am-3pm with the last trolley departing Frederica Park at 2pm. Each trolley is limited to 40 people.

Home to a devoted gardener and bee-keeper, this beautiful estate garden is a showstopper! Native plants are abundant and welcome visitors via the impressive driveway or byway of meandering paths leading to yet more surprises. Enter the pool area, pause… and take it all in; the hand-crafted brick paver walkway, the manicured lawn, the over-flowing urns of seasonal color, the manicured beds of tropical plantings, all enjoyed from a screened porch, pool house, guest house, or simply the pool deck and adjacent outdoor kitchen. Round the corner to find the expansive lawn flanked by the stunning antique urns and the table set for brunch overlooking Frederica Lake. Not to be missed is the owner’s raised-bed hobby garden and “shed” where she spends time planting, potting, and harvesting honey from their own personal hives.

Perfect Porches at Frederica
Frederica Township garden viewing is accessible by trolley tour only. Trolleys (total 2) will depart from Frederica Park where free parking is available. Trolleys will run continuously from 9am-3pm with the last trolley departing Frederica Park at 2pm. Each trolley is limited to 40 people.

This expansive lawn and brick coping edge define the generous approach while the wide porches of billowing pots welcome visitors to this southern brick charmer. Highlighted by the large bed of seasonal plantings, the antique syrup kettle planter, and the dramatic “Little Gem” Magnolia trees, this landscape is strong on both form and function. Follow the pebbled path to the rear of the property and find the magnificent hedge of Awabuki, also a prized specimen in the southern landscape. A quick stop at the outdoor kitchen, and then into the wonderful screened in porch-perfect for year-round entertaining. The manicured terrace is picture perfect and hosts a plunge pool for cooling off on hot summer days. This garden is the epitome of easy coastal living.
Grey Owl Inn
Parking is available at The Clubhouse Community Center - 1501 Demere Rd.

Built in the 1950’s, The Grey Owl Inn was a private home of the Gray family for many years. The regal stand of centuries old trees creates a lush canopy to crown the sun-lit grounds beautifully enhanced over the years when the Gray Family made this place their home. The new owners love of nature has made a significant impact in creating a magnificent park setting complete with a fish pond, water garden, boardwalk, scenic bridge, with an exquisite gazebo as the focal point. The lovely landscaping has been professionally designed to include many native plantings, enhanced by the significant mature gardens left behind by the Grays. The result is an idyllic enclave for relishing nature in the heart of beautiful Saint Simons Island.
The Butterfly Garden at Demere Park
The Butterfly Garden at Demere Park has been designed to welcome butterflies and encourage all four stages of butterfly development. There is plentiful milkweed to invite the butterflies to lay their eggs, abundant flowers to enjoy as food and water for the butterflies to drink. This garden was redesigned in 2019 with over 200 new plants to encourage the four butterfly species that call Saint Simons home. A local artist has painted stationary butterflies to fly throughout the garden. They represent the Monarch, Tiger Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary and Painted Lady butterflies found in the garden. The garden is always open to the public and is enjoyed by many walkers and families using the park. The Live Oak Garden Club redesigned the garden and maintains it.
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Cassina Garden Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 20191 • St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of St. Simons Island