Six on Saturday: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Good morning SOSer’s! Today, I wanted to share a garden closer to my home, so you can smell the pine and feel the crunch beneath your feet! We are walking through the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens in Pinehurst, NC. The gardens were established in 1978 with the Ebersole Holly Garden and has expanded over the years to include the Rose Garden, the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden, the Atkins Hillside Garden, the Hackley Woodland Garden, The Ambrose Japanese Garden and the Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden! In addition to all those gardens there is a vegetable and fruit garden!   The gardens fill 27 acres! It is a public garden, open dawn to dusk everyday of the year and also offers a school for anyone interested in plants, nature or design…… I would be overjoyed if this was in my neighborhood, but it is about five hours from me……………Well, we can’t see everything, just six photos or so….let’s start with the Raleigh Garden…………

Raleigh Garden, The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

and then take one of the trails…………

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

This is a bottle brush tree……..popular in the South to keep the “Haints” away! Roaming evil spirits fly into the bottles at night and can’t get out! When the daylight hits them, they are dead!

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

A bridge in the Japanese garden……..

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

We use pine needles for mulch here. As you can see, we have plenty of that!

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

There were numerous statues to be seen along the trails and gardens too. This is Karen……

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

and this is cherry-tomato red!

The Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Pinehurst, NC

I hope you have enjoyed these photos from the Sandhills today!

The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week!

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    Loved the bottle tree

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  2. wanderlustig says:

    Amazing photos, especially themred one 😁.

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  3. margaret21 says:

    Fabulous. That trail in particular looks so inviting

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  4. Ahh, I could smell the trees and hear the water (with little Karen ready to tiptoe on the rocks) 😊.
    This was a great walk through beautiful gardens, thanks a lot for taking me along 🌸.

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  5. What beautiful gardens! I love the boardwalk, and the cute little statue of Karen! A fellow blogger has a bottle tree in her garden, but I had no idea that there was a reason for it! That was an interesting read. Hopefully we will see more of the gardens?

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    1. I have a Bottle Tree in my garden as well!

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      1. That’s interesting! You will have to post a photo of it for us to see what it looks like. I have been toying with the idea of creating one in my garden too!

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  6. Toonsarah says:

    Wow, what beautiful gardens! You said they are public – does this mean they are free to visit?! I especially like the bottle tree and the boardwalk trail. I could spend ages here for sure 🙂

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  7. Yes, they are free! It is a big place and I could spend days here! I love all the trails that lead from one garden to the next! Cady

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  8. So gorgeous..all my garden is still covered in snow.

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    1. I am so ready for hot and humid and then in a month or so, when it is hot and humid, I’ll be complaining it’s too hot and humid! Cady

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      1. Yes that’s how I think too.when it’s too hot.

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  9. Jo Shafer says:

    Wood boardwalks through the woods always fascinate me — they bring back charming memories of exploring a woodland refuge with my sister years ago. I miss pine straw mulching in Southern gardens. Only one pine tree here, behind my neighbor’s fence, so whatever falls on my side is mine! I suppose we could drive up to the mountains and gather all we want, but those lands usually are protected by the National Forest folks.

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    1. I am not getting your posts in my reader again! I see I have missed quite a few of your posts! Will be back to comment later tonight! Kinda crazy busy here right now! Cady

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      1. Jo Shafer says:

        Same here, Cady. At least yours are appearing in my email and I can read them there.

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  10. Lovely gardens and that bottle brush tree’s pretty cute. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Bottle brush trees are really a Southern staple in the Southern garden! Cady

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  11. The bottle tree is a new concept to me, and a fascinating one. They look like great gardens for a day out.

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  12. Joyce says:

    What beautiful gardens! I love the pretty sculptures!

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    1. Joyce, you would have liked all the sculptures here, I bet! They were awesome! Cady

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  13. restlessjo says:

    I want to follow Karen 🙂 🙂

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    1. “Karen” has such a rotten connotation here now, It’s almost hard to write it! It’s applied to women, who think they are entitled! It is used in social media constantly as a derogative! Luckily, I’ll have no such attachment to my name since it is weird to begin with! Ha Ha! Cady

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Oh dear! 🙄 No, you’re the only Cadyluck I know 🤣💕 Off on your adventures soon?

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      2. Tuesday for three days and then we come back for a week and then leave again for a week! Can’t wait and it better not rain on me! I have photos to take! Cady

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  14. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderful photos! I really liked the wooden path and the bridge. Also the bottle tree and the reason for them. Thanks for the tour of the gardens. 🙂

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