Savannah's Secret Gardens
The senses come together in these gardens, where sight, sound, smell, and touch create a kaleidoscopic wonder. The Garden Club of Savannah knows this, and they invite you to eight private walled gardens, each chosen for its historical significance, landscape design, or features such as fountains and sculptures. The selection is new every year, and each is as different as its owners.
"No, this isn't my house," says the hostess at the first garden on the tour. "I'm just planted here today." The tiny space, no more than 20 x 20 feet, mesmerizes us with its beauty.
"Size is not important," she notes. "Visitors like to come into a small garden and say, 'I can do that.' "
Miniature grasses create little sculptures before us. Confederate jasmine cascades over the walls alongside loquat trees heavy with fruit. Along the ground, shady borders hold thick cast-iron plants.
The most popular spot, the Harper Fowlkes House Museum, serves afternoon tea. Tasty cookies, candies, and pastries made in the kitchens of the garden club members delight guests. Before sipping your tea, however, you get an informative guided tour of the 18th-century mansion.