The Best of Spring

Home Runs

It’s spring, the season to find out what’s old, what’s new — and
new again — at three events celebrating all things related to home



As in, Julian Price, Greensboro insurance magnate and philanthropist whose 1928 Tudor Revival estate, Hillside, has been the talk of the Triad. Set in the Gate City’s Fisher Park neighborhood (301 Fisher Park Circle), Hillside was the brainchild of architect Charles C. Hartmann (see page 76) and hub of activity in its heyday. Gradually falling into disrepair, as chronicled in A&E’s much ballyhooed television series, Hoarders, Hillside was rescued by Michael and Erik Fuko-Rizzo with the intention of bringing it back to its former glory. Well, glory be! The sprawling 7,266-square-foot, brick and half-timbered wonder is resplendent once more. Dressed up as a designer showhouse for Preservation Greensboro’s spring home tour, many of its 31 rooms have been reimagined by designers far and near: Audrey Margarite of Bunny Williams Home, Kim Hoegger of Kim Hoegger Home, local stalwarts Laura Redd, High Point Antiques and Design Center, Jessica Dauray and more. Tour Hillside at a coming-out lawn party and gala on April 5 or anytime between April 7 and 29. For tickets and information, visit




Spring into Ciener

In our humble green estimation, every season is a reason to drop by the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville to see what’s new and growing like crazy. If you’re serious about spring blooms, mark Saturday, April 14, on your calendar.

First up, from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m., is the botanical garden’s popular plant sale, featuring great plants for sun and shade, selected trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Look for a full list of plant offerings posted on the garden website: (Better yet — hint, hint — become a member and enjoy the benefit of PJCBG’s pre-sale on April 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Proceeds from the sale benefit the future development of the garden.

Stick around from 2 to 4 p.m. and you can catch Ciener’s annual Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom, a visually ravishing affair involving more than 2,400 tulips in glorious bloom, a true celebration of spring that’s free and open to the public with refreshments, no less.

For more details check out the garden’s website or call (336) 996-7888.  

Southern Comfort

With so many new design options available these days, what, exactly defines Southern style? Find out on May 5 at the annual design seminar, “A Place to Call Home,” hosted by Winston-Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). The program kicks off at 10 a.m. at Old Salem’s James A. Gray Auditorium (900 Old Salem Road), with moderator Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and author of Charleston Interiors. Among the discussion topics: organic gardening, raising animals and the local food movement, courtesy of P. Allen Smith, author, television host and owner of Moss Mountain Farm, his Arkansas estate-turned-laboratory for natural and sustainable living. Architects Gil Schafer and James Carter will discuss the melding of past and present in historic and new homes, while scholar Katherine Hughes will present her research on the historic house, Piedmont, in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The event includes a box lunch and cocktail reception. To register call (336) 721-7369 or visit  



Illustration by Juliet Furst, Photograph Courtesy of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Photograph courtesy of P. Allen Smith Garden Home
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