Take a Tour

The Home and Garden Tour in Plaza Midwood is an annual favorite, but this weekend also includes Rosedale's first-ever garden tour and the city's first backyard-chicken-coop tour.
Photo by Leah Hughes
Historic Rosedale Plantation's first garden tour includes an exhibit with never-before-seen photos of Rosedale's gardens over the years.

The first weekend of May includes three tours — one is a neighborhood highlight year after year, the other two are first-time events.

The Plaza Midwood Home & Garden Tour showcases one of the neighborhood's best qualities — the pride people have in their homes. From remodeled bungalows to stately Colonials, the tour includes nine stops. A couple of surprises are the The Vine United Methodist Church, which occupies the old Kilgo United Methodist Church building, and the new home for The Light Factory, which moved to the Midwood Cultural Center last year. The tour begins with a candlelight edition on Friday, May 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It continues on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Click here to purchase. For a list and descriptions of the homes on the tour, click here.

Historic Rosedale Plantation, located on North Tryon Street, celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. One of the events to commemorate this milestone takes place this weekend: the Bicentennial Garden Tour. It's the first-ever garden tour put on by the plantation, and it includes six gardens. One of the most anticipated tour stops is the garden of Dr. Larry Mellichamp, director emeritus of UNC-Charlotte's Botanical Gardens. His garden is described as a "collector's garden," and it includes many native plants to the Southeastern United States and rare and unusual plants from around the world. This is the first time Dr. Mellichamp's garden has been on tour. The tour also includes an exhibit of never-before-seen photos of Rosedale's gardens over the years. The tour runs Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A wine-and-cheese party on the Rosedale grounds concludes the tour on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information about the participating gardens and to purchase tickets. 

The first Queen's Coop Yardbird Fair and Coop Tour celebrates all things chicken. But it starts at Four Dogs. Participants will enjoy breakfast at the NoDa pet-supply store at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. A series of lectures and discussions follow, and the "Free Range" backyard-chicken-coop tour begins at noon. Maps cost $10, and will be distributed the day of the tour. Attendees are welcome to explore the eight stops at their own pace between noon and 4 p.m. Coop owners will be present to discuss coop construction and chicken care. Prizes will be given for the most eco-friendly, best design, and crowd favorite. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Pet Food Bank. For more information on the tour and where to purchase tickets, click here.

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