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Watauga County Home and Garden Tour to Take Place June 27, Tickets On Sale Now

The Governor Jim Holshouser birthplace

Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 Watauga County Home and Garden Tour, which will feature seven properties in Boone and the Foscoe area on June 27.

All tickets include lunch and are $25 per person in advance or $35 the day of the tour.

The featured properties include the Governor Jim Holshouser birthplace, “a storybook cottage” built in 1935 in Boone by the stone masons who also worked on Duke Chapel on the Duke University campus in Durham.

The home of Jim and Sheila Deal was built in 1997 and offers two-and-a-half acres of gardens and an old barn originally built as a dairy. The house is 3,800 square feet of custom design and execution, full of inherited antiques and collectibles.

The home of Marc and Sandy Kadyk boasts one of Boone’s most recognizable and historic oak trees, always equipped with a tire swing. This house is a study in creative renovation, and its garden area features a rain garden built with the help of N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Wendy Patoprsty. Sandy Kadyk is especially proud of her kitchen.

Another kitchen “that really cooks” is found in the home of Jerry and Rebecca Hutchins in Boone. This house is also a study in thoughtful renovation. When Rebecca purchased it in 2006, it had been a rental house. Now it’s a comfortable cottage with extensive garden space where Jerry displays some of his ceramic creations.

The home of Emily Bish in Foscoe has its own unique collection of folk art, family antiques and eclectic furnishings that reflect the flair of its owner. Its expansive back deck is flanked by some of the largest caliper bamboo in Watauga County and is furnished with pots of flowers, more antiques and comfortable outdoor furniture.

The “Hardwood Treehouse” is not actually a tree house but has the feel of one, as it sits amid tall hardwoods with full windows and skylights framing the forest views. The house is a unique contemporary design by Denise Grohs, founder of Miters Touch Woodworking, and features a creative combination of domestic hardwoods in combination with steel I-beams, glass block and ceramic tile. (This house is currently on the market.)

The home of Ellie and the late George Lyne sits in Watauga’s “golden triangle,” a bowl-shaped 20 acres with perfect southern exposure and a view of Seven Devils. It’s an expansive house on three levels, surrounded by groomed grounds that are planted with specimen trees and shrubs, giving the home the feel of a country estate.

Tickets to the 2015 Home and Garden Tour are available every day at the Appalachian Antique Mall (631 W. King St.) in downtown Boone and on many Saturdays at the Watauga County Farmers Market. For more information, call 828-264-9955. The tour is organized and sponsored by and all proceeds benefit the Watauga County Democratic Party.