Among several stops on a recent tour of the area by members of the Dixie Regional Hosta Society was Bob and Nancy Solbury’s Green Hill Farm in Franklinton.
Some 75 members of the Society, who hail from Virginia all the way to Texas, and additional hosta lovers were here May 30 and 31 for garden tours, lectures by guest speakers and a live auction.
Green Hill Farm is home to more than 9,000 hybridized varieties of hosta, which are shipped all over the world. Many have been adopted by Pam Eagles, which provided the opportunity for her backyard garden to be a stop on the tour as well.
“I don’t know. I’ve been buying hostas from Bob for years,” Eagles said when asked how she came to be on the tour. “When I made my purchase this year, Bob said, ‘You know what you need to do, you need to be a stop on the hosta tour.’ So, here I am.”
Eagles started gardening over 20 years ago, with her grandmother pointing out plants and ideas with her cane.
Today, Eagles’, wife of Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, gardens are packed with whimsy, character, love, fun and memories, and she has a beautiful story to tell about every spot. A “path to nowhere” in her garden has a sweet little bench where starts every morning with her pup, Wiley, by singing the hymn “This Is The Day (That The Lord Has Made).”
While talking about it, she decided it really wasn’t a path to nowhere, but a path to start her day.
“Gardening is therapeutic,” she says. “No money needed for counselors and therapy. You just dig and throw.”
Learn more about Dixie Regional Hosta Society at dixiehosta.net. Learn more about Green Hill Farm at www.hostahosta.com.