The Courtyard & Garden Tour features two Richfield locations – The Stanly News & Press

Across Stanly County, the arrival of spring brings an explosion of floral landscapes and the return of outdoor life.

To celebrate the beauty and history of Albemarle and Stanly County, the Stanly County Historical Society is hosting a Benefit Courtyard & Garden Tour on April 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Proceeds from this rain or shine event will fund educational programs and conservation initiatives of the Stanly County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

This self-guided tour provides access to 10 private and public courtyard and garden spaces stretching from Albemarle to Richfield that will inspire gardeners of all levels.

The tour features a variety of garden areas, including DIY landscapes, restored formal gardens, and century-old family farms.

Tour pitches 9 and 10 are on hilly farmland that has been owned by the Lipe family since 1870.

Location #8 is the home of Ed and Nancy Lipe. (Contributed)

Location 9, 37767 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield is the home of Ed and Nancy Lipe.

Ed grew up on the farm helping his grandparents and their sons tend cattle and crops with the help of their WD45 tractor.

In 2002, Ed and Nancy selected the site for their new home and repositioned the house so that sunsets could best be celebrated from the back deck and porch. However, building on a farm field meant there would be no standing trees except for two black walnut trees at the back of the property. The house and pool were completed in 2005.

A hobby winemaker since 2008, Ed tends the vines in the front yard and has tried several varieties of US hybrids and Vinifera grapes with some success.

In 2021 he down-paired the varietals to Seyval Blanc (white grapes) and Chamborcin (red/purple grapes). Features of this idyllic outdoor living space include a garden gate handcrafted from reclaimed wood from Ed’s grandfather’s shop, whimsical garden art, an underground pool, pergola and artist’s studio.

Location 10, 37684 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield is the home of Tom and Anne Lipe.

Tom and Anne are the fourth generation to live in the family homestead, built around 1870.

They began a full restoration of the home in 2012 and began a full-time residency after retiring in 2018.

Tom’s mother Margaret was a keen gardener and, together with her husband Thomas, planted countless daffodils and irises on the property.

Tom and Anne have restored the centuries-old flower garden with a new stone border, reconstructed by local stonemason Randy Almond.

During the summer season Anne enjoys tending a small raised bed vegetable garden with fragrant lavender, basil, parsley and oregano. Your screened porch allows for a view of the flower garden, seasonal crops and fruit trees surrounding the homestead.

$15 pre-sale tickets are available at the Stanly County History Center, 157 N. Second St., Albemarle, or by mail from the Stanly County Historical Society, PO Box 1384, Albemarle, NC 28002.

Prepaid shipping orders are held at the Will Call Station at 1852 Isaiah Snuggs House, 112 N. Third St., Albemarle from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bracelet tickets for $20 can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Snuggs house.

All ticket sales are non-refundable donations.

Direct inquiries to Stanlycountyhistory@gmail.com or by calling 704-986-3777.

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