Crittenden Garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One home on this year’s 2018 Azalea Garden Tour is the result of a couple’s dedication to gardening.

From blooming azaleas to statuary, Tom Crittenden has lots of carefully arranged items displayed in the garden surrounding his Princeton Drive home.

Crittenden and his late wife, Pat, began working and designing their garden 43 years ago.

Nearly 80 azaleas were transplanted from the Pleasant Oaks Plantation in Brunswick County.

Crittenden’s prized plants are his George L. Taber azaleas which have a very pale orchid color with a deep, pink throat and pink speckles.

“This is a local azalea and its been around all my lifetime,” he said. “They just grow very, very rapidly and have beautiful blooms.”

This year, Crittenden added a hen house to his vegetable garden and he hopes they’ll be laying eggs soon.

The Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour runs Friday through Sunday.

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