The Master Gardeners of Hunt County invite everyone to the Garden Tour on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Tickets for the tour are $5 and are available at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 2217 Washington Street, Greenville, as well as the Garden Center, 4701 Stonewall Street in Greenville, and Steve’s Nursery, 4386 Hwy. 34, in Greenville. Tickets can also be purchased electronically at On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at the entrance to each site.

Magnificent magnolia and Japanese maple trees frame the elegant home of Lee and John Scruggs. Beautiful, large, traditional Southern oak trees add to the spacious property. Hostas and ferns thrive in the shady front beds. Around the back, Koi fish can be found in the pond, which is landscaped with perennials, shrubs, crossvines, and climbing clematis.

Red-tipped photinias are in abundance and add texture and color.  The flower beds next to the swimming pool area contain butterfly-attracting shrubs.

Many varieties of birds enjoy the whimsical birdhouses and feeders hanging in the crepe myrtles. The shady pergola and container gardens envelop the outdoor seating areas.

Look for the people-attracting yard art as well as the bridge to the wildlife viewing area where Lee and John watch the deer. As a Hunt County Master Gardener, Lee enjoys talking about the Scruggs’ Certified Wildlife Habitat as well as their native Texas plants.

The Scruggs added a sprawling organic firepit patio with flagstone to enjoy with family and friends. Large oaks surround and shade this private back patio. A mixture of Zoysia grasses with St. Augustine and Bermuda carpet the different areas of the landscape.

Decorative wood fences hold water misters for the holly ferns and hydrangeas around the Koi pond and nearby shade plants. The weeping Red Bud (that Lee calls “Morticia”) still seems to weep for the paired tree that used to share the flower bed but died years ago.

Wisteria, lavender, Rose of Sharon, azaleas, and red China fringe flower shrubs add color throughout the seasons. Large blue jays congregate in the tall oaks, and smaller hummingbirds gather at the feeders in the smaller trees.

The natural woods at the back of their property offers scenic views of a variety of birds and wildlife.

You’ll enjoy this beautiful and relaxing oasis created and maintained with much care.r

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