“For the Love of Gardening”

Each year the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. presents local gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. These gardens feature the best of Southern horticulture and landscape, as well as the sweetest hospitality of Antebellum Azalea Bells that greet and frame that exceptional southern garden tour experience.

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This year the Azalea Garden Tour runs from April 11-13, 2014 and is an official event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Azalea Garden Tour tickets go on sale February 2014 online at: www.azaleagardentour.org

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Azalea Belles Ribbon Cutting
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You won’t want to miss out on all the glory and beauty of this annual garden tour. Don’t forget your to pack your best spring hat, garden party dress, comfortable shoes, seersucker suits for the gentlemen, and your favorite lens for some of the sweetest and most beautiful photography in the south.

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Hot Pink Encore Azalea #loriharrisphotography

Careful – You may just fall “IN LOVE.”

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Airlie Oak

Photography by: Lori Harris

Over 500 years old and if trees could talk! The Airlie Oak is profound! She is a queen in her court. She hosts Wilmington’s most prestigious parties and has graced the banks of Bradley Creeks ecosystem with a grand signature and character.

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Stand amongst her branches and you yearn to near her foundation and trunk. Possibly to be amazed at her reach, shade and life she bring to her neighborhood and visitors. The grass that surrounds her is velvet-like and her gardens rich and picturesque.

DIVINE

Ever wonder into a cemetery and feel complete utter peace?

Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Photo by Lori Harris Photography

In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Oakdale Cemetery offer this experience, as well as the Southport, North Carolina Smithville Cemetery. As you travel through the century old tombstones, you discover American History, Family Burials, creative talents in the beautiful tombstones, and an aura of warmth, happiness and peace.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North CarolinaPhoto by Lori Harris Photography

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina
Photo by Lori Harris Photography

The beauty and energy of an arch angel that stands as tall as you on your own two feet is breathtaking. You will stand in awe and amazement of her defined molding and stature, and warmth from the synergy of the love committed to this space to honor and remember people who meant something to someone and hold a legacy to our community.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.Photo by Lori Harris Photography

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.
Photo by Lori Harris Photography

There are many stones offering explanations or remembrance – words to comfort the living and offer a glance at the past. Regardless, I continue to stand in awe and amazement over the dedication to honor and respect the dead. Dead not being no spirit or energy, just physical passing with the soul and spirit continuing on to expand our universe and give back to this world we journey through. For without them, we would have the moments and gifts that carry us forward.

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.Photo by Lori Harris

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Continuing the walk through stone and shrub, I look up to be taken back by a monument that offers strength and progressive thinking…the symbolisms are rich and moving, the architectures unique and ornate. The light, shadows and reflections ever changing as the sun sets and the air cools, ending my steps to celebrate and honor those before us.