The 21st annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola this Friday and Saturday, May 3 – 4.
The featured house is the home of Ed and Candace Springer constructed of heart pine, situated behind a white picket fence and shaded by towering Magnolia trees. Built by Dave Maddox for Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Flowers, it celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
An example of Gulf Coast Two Story - Greek Revival architecture, the large central halls on each floor are flanked by equal-sized, spacious rooms. Modern updates have made the residence more comfortable, but the house remains true to its original plan. Of special interest are a collection of Weller pottery and a restored 1962 Corvette. Pastel and oil paintings done by one of the current owners adorn the walls; and examples of pique assiette (a type of mosaic) abound both indoors and out.
On Friday, May 3, a second annual preservation symposium precedes the tour day. This year’s focus will be on outdoor spaces and is titled “Public Places, Private Spaces: A Garden Symposium.” In conjunction with the tour, the all-day preservation symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will focus on the variety of gardens in Apalachicola, ranging from private gardens to public spaces including the community garden and Chapman Botanical Gardens at the Orman House Historic State Park.
Tickets for this special event are available at $75 which includes lecture, field trip, luncheon and cocktail party. Adjunct events will include a plant swap and garden sale, and special garden-related shopping opportunities at our local downtown merchants.
The Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday at, 5:30 p.m. provides the traditional opening for the home tour, to be followed by a reception. At 6:30 p.m. the Willoughby Marshall Lecture will be delivered by Audrey Post, a lifelong, advanced Master Gardener, and 30-year journalist. She is author and creator of the weekly gardening column, “Ms. Grow-It-All”, which appears in the in “Tallahassee Magazine”.
Homes will be open on Saturday only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at $20. On Saturday, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Trinity’s parish hall at a cost of $12.
A sealed-bid auction, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. will be a part of the tour day’s festivities. More than 100 items have so far been gathered, including a 10” handmade engraved Bowie knife, “Covenant with Noah" rainbow drop by Kristin Anderson, a1964 Vega SS-5 Folklore 5 string banjo, Captain Gill's River Cruise and a Coombs House romantic weekend.
For more information or ticket sales please contact Trinity Episcopal Church at 653-9550, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 653-9419 or visit the tour website at apalchicolahistorichometour.org