Jacqueline Sayles, right, and Ernestine Colson tour the Men’s Garden Club City Garden. The garden was showcased as part of the S.C. Festival of Flowers Garden Tours. (Frank Bumb | Index-Journal)
Jacqueline Sayles, right, and Ernestine Colson tour the Men’s Garden Club City Garden. The garden was showcased as part of the S.C. Festival of Flowers Garden Tours. (Frank Bumb | Index-Journal)
It took Jay Nexsen more than 20 years to get his original, low-maintenance backyard into the expansive landmark it is today. But then, Nexsen said, gardens are supposed to evolve.
"I really didn't want to cut grass," Nexsen said with a laugh. "Each part has been part of a constant process. When we added the pool, it changed things."
The Greenwood community is the recipient of the Nexsens' and several professionals', including Chuck Bell of the Greenwood Nursery, hard work. Nexsen threw open his home's garden to the community for the S.C. Festival of Flowers Garden Tours, one of five gardens open to the public Saturday and Sunday.
More than 550 people admired the garden Saturday and the Nexsens expected similar numbers Sunday. The garden boasts features from others across the globe.
Nexsen and his wife, Christy, took a trip to England, which made an impression on them. Returning stateside, their garden gained the European allée, or avenue. The allée is grass, surrounded by trees with marble statutes of the four seasons leading to a small pond ringed in various flowers.
Ian Smathers, a native of Greenwood, said he and his family have been to several garden tours each year for the festival.

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