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You won’t want to miss the 2017 Designers’ Choice Garden Tour on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Greenbrier County. The tour features a country estate with generous outdoor entertainment space, a plant lover’s cottage garden in historic Lewisburg and four breathtaking settings in the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club.

The landscapes to be toured were designed and/or installed by WVNLA members Rudy Horst of TallyHo, Ryan and Leo Lewis of Windy Knoll and Josh Poland of Riverbend Nursery, all of Greenbrier County. The landscapers will lead attendees through the private gardens they created for the owners. Attendees will meet at Riverbend Nursery, 34383 Midland Trail E. in Caldwell, and then caravan, led by the landscapers, to the Sporting Club’s private entrance.

In the Sporting Club, the first stop is a sweeping brook-side property that shows no signs of being ravaged by the historic floods in June 2016. This gardens feature lots of color, with contrasting plantings that sweep smoothly from one area to the next.

The next property features a landscaped trail along a rock-strewn brook. The plantings here feature an interesting mix of mature conifers, azaleas and rhododendron.

At the next stop, on the way up the mountain, a stone home’s landscape gently blends into the surrounding woods, with pops of bright-yellow color from rudbeckia and lemon drop daylilies. The Greenbrier resort is visible in the valley below. The final stop in the Sporting Club is at a mountaintop showplace, with beds designed around an infinity pool, sprawling patios and an outdoor kitchen.

After the Sporting Club, it’s on to Lewisburg, where it will be  tough to take in all the details of the charming gardens surrounding a historic home there. The homeowner, a dedicated plantswoman, has worked with the landscaper for some 20 years to achieve the flowing, meandering effect. Strategically placed sculptures enhance the beds, which are filled with a delightful variety of plants.

The tour’s final stop will be for a reception at a country property just outside of town. The patios have ample seating to allow visitors to relax and fully take in the valley and mountain views.

The tour is free to WVNLA members and invited guests. Please reserve your spot no later than Aug. 23 by e-mailing wvnlassoc@nullgmail.com or calling 304-553-1234.