Each year, these neighbors share their love of beautiful landscapes and great food. Let them show you how.

Host a Progressive Garden Party
Credit: Van Chaplin / Styling Ashley Wyatt / Food Styling Lyda Jones

Sometimes inspiration for fun grows right in your own backyard. Just ask these Richmond friends, also known as Garden G8 (Gate). Every summer this group hosts an all-day progressive garden party at their homes, where they enjoy healthful meals and share gardening ideas, favorite recipes, and lots of laughter.

All-Day Garden Hop



Afternoon Hors d'Oeuvres:

  • wine and cheese


Healthy Benefits

  • Hosting a garden hop, such as this one, keeps guests active and on the move, a fun way to burn calories.
  • Planting a garden--big or small--can be relaxing and therapeutic.
  • Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which help your eyes eradicate some harmful pollutants.

"Get Together With Friends" is from the June 2006 issue of Southern Living.