Historic Oakwood has had some, uh, not-so-positive press over the past couple of weeks, but one thing that's hard to argue with is the beauty of the neighborhood in spring. And one of the best Raleigh-area spring traditions is the Oakwood Garden Club's annual Oakwood Garden Tour and Tea, which will be held Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Tours of some truly fabulous gardens will begin with a seated tea at the Merrimon-Wynne House. The two-day event has been expanded to accommodate up to 400 guests. Tickets are sold by seating time and are only available in advance.
[Disclosure: My wife is in the Garden Club and helping to put this thing together.]
Tours begin with a seated tea featuring vintage china and hand-selected teas, provided by Tin Roof Teas, to complement the sweet and savory edibles provided by 18 Seaboard, Capital Club 16, The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery, Empire Eats, Kimbap Café, Posh Nosh Catering Inc., Quality Grocery, Side Street Restaurant and Yellow Dog Bread Company. The tea will last approximately one hour, and guests are invited to wear their best hats.
Novice and expert gardeners, outdoors enthusiasts and families will enjoy a neighborhood stroll while gathering endless ideas for annual and perennial gardens. Tours include short and long options for touring some of Historic Oakwood’s most beautiful sites and nearby spaces. Oakwood neighbors will provide insight on the neighborhood’s history and unique garden features. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.
“We celebrate the beauty of the outdoors with this annual spring event, and the proceeds help support our beautification, preservation and community service projects,” said Anita Blomme Pinther, president of the Oakwood Garden Club.
Tickets for the garden tour and tea are $30 and are only sold in advance. Ticket times include 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The tea seating time options will be based on availability at time of advance ticket purchase. Visit www.historicoakwood.org for tickets and details.