The Massie Heritage Center along with nine private gardens, five art galleries, a book store and a Southern Tea are part of this year's NOGS (North of Gwinnett Street) Tour of Hidden Gardens on April 13 and 14.

The Garden Club of Savannah has been taking care of the Massie Heritage Center garden since 1985, according to 36-year club member Bonney Gilbreath, who is on the club committee that takes care of the center’s garden. Her own mother was a student at the center in the early 1900s, so it has a special meaning to her.

The center’s two gardens are set up in what used to be the playground, which was separated by sex, she said. The girls’ side has bright-colored flowering plants because it is in the sunny side. The boys’ side is shadier and has darker flowering plants and coleus.

The NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens is the club's largest fundraiser. Net profits go to local nonprofits to help them present their missions in a positive way via their landscapes. Over the past 17 years, they've donated $350,000 back to the community.

Recent monetary awards for landscaping have gone to the Savannah Botanical Gardens and garden center, Bonaventure Historical Society, Fresh Air Home on Tybee, Savannah Tree Foundation, Bethesda Academy, Massie Heritage Center, and Ronald McDonald House.

This weekend's tour will include nine private gardens, which will be revealed when participants pick up their maps at the Green-Meldrim House on Madison Square. 


The Southern Tea is both days from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Green-Meldrim House, where you can find sweets, savories and iced tea in the home where Gen. Sherman stayed when he occupied Savannah during the Civil War.

In addition, the Art on Foot gallery tour includes six galleries in the tour’s path, and E. Shaver Bookseller, 326 Bull St., will have a display of garden books, according to club member Maryanne Hedrick. Pick up a free NOGS bookmark at E. Shaver as well.

Art galleries on the tour include KS Fine Art, 230 Bull St., Roots Up Gallery, 412-C Whitaker St., Savannah Art Association, 232 Bull St., Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St., and Bob Christian Decorative Art, 114 W. Taylor St.