I met Jimmie Knoll this weekend while wandering around her perfectly manicured gardens of the Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Jimmie and her husband Hank have done an amazing job turning this little cottage Inn in to a masterpiece for relaxing and gazing out onto the beautifully themed gardens. I have visited this garden in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. My favorite is fall with all the pumpkins and fall flowers. She and her husband are the most gracious folks you will ever meet. Jimmie uses several Proven Winners plants in her beds and containers.
This quaint Inn sits on one and one half acres chock full of perennials and annuals. This is a type of motel that was popular from the 30s to the 50s and due to the efforts of the Knoll’s has become popular again today. They have kept the charm and multiplied it in so many ways. There is a patio on the street side of the Inn with fresh soda and assorted drinks. It’s a gathering place for guest with a lattice style covering and rocking chairs. Jimmie’s containers are filled with attractive plants and trinkets that reflect the red and white theme she chose for this year. Every time I visit there is a new theme with fresh chair covers and cushions making it so inviting. The gardens just off the patio are equally as breathtaking. See for yourself—
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Hank and Jimmie Knoll.