As I said earlier, I love garden walks for the inspiration they provide. Each garden is as unique as their gardener and I never fail to find design ideas courtesy of others. Since I was helping Mom host her gardens the day of the Van Wert Master Gardeners' Garden Walk on Saturday, I got to go on the preview tour of the gardens the night before.
There were 11 gardens on the tour, and I didn't make it to all of them, but here are some highlights of the ones I did see:
- Steve and Tomi Jaycox
|We were greeted by street art in front of the Jaycox home. Fun!|
|No definitive ID on this Rudbeckia, but I believe it might be 'Cherry Brandy'.|
|Boo was unfazed by all the strange people milling about his garden.|
|Don't you love the painted Allium seed heads?|
- Steve & Diana Pollock
|I love the simplicity of the black-eyed Susans against the white picket fence.|
|The originality and creativity of this outside room was a big hit.|
|I saw chickens on the back side of the pond and just had to go see them.|
The Pollocks have a couple of fainting goats, too!
- Mauvette & Ralph Collins
|The giant variegated Ficus tree against the wall was the healthiest I've ever|
seen. They take it in during the winter each year.
|Mauvette has quite a variety of Clematis and all of them were blooming |
|On and around the deck, it was like we were in the middle of a Proven Winners |
advertisement. I wonder if Mauvette is their secret container designer??
|More Clematis and the lilies were just beginning to bloom.|
- Jay & Tonia Gamble
|Jay has a drip system to keep his porch baskets watered and fertilized.|
|The Gambles use the square foot gardening method for their vegetables and |
have an irrigation system to supply water and fertilizer needs to the beds.
|Another garden cat!. This stray beauty doesn't yet have a name, but I told |
Tonia she has obviously adopted them, so they'd better name her. A trip to
the vet is probably in order as well, unless they want more just like her!
- Sue & Robert Young
|Sue enjoys creating miniature gardens and there were many to see in her|
|This fairy garden, in a wheelbarrow, is Sue's favorite.|
|Sue also had a beautiful square foot garden at the back of their property.|
|Just look at these beautiful veggies!|
- Aaron Baker, caretaker of the gardens of Dr. and Mrs. John Perchalski
I've been by this house countless times (it's on the way to my mom and dad's), and never had any idea that such beautiful gardens lay hidden behind it.