A Tour Teaser

tour_banner_cntdn_4It’s only a few weeks until the 2015 Garden Tour! Today I can share a bit more info on the great gardens you will see and experience.  The descriptions I’m posting today were provided by our Public Relations committee.

“The various gardens on the tour all show what homeowners can do with inspiration and hard work so bring your cameras because you are sure to come away with a lot of great ideas to inspire your own gardens.

Three of the gardens on the tour belong to Master Gardeners. One is a kid- and pet-friendly, all organic garden that not only contains play areas and fairy gardens but also incorporates herbs and vegetables with a large variety of grasses, trees and ornamentals.

Another transitioned from a shade to a sun garden after the loss of numerous Austrian Pines to pine wilt disease. After 30 years of “puttering”, it has come to resemble a mini estate with its open green space, island gardens, meandering borders and elegant water feature.

The third EMG garden is also impressive, having creatively used potted plants and garden rooms to create a bird sanctuary containing as many as 40 feeders.

But, the remaining gardens on the tour prove that you don’t have to be a “Master Gardener” to have a beautiful space.

One garden has been carved from a steep slope into terraces; creating raised beds in both sun and shade that are filled with metal folk art and thriving plants. Here, the garden areas are linked by meandering pathways and the homeowners have cleverly positioned both hardscape and plants to channel water to a creek.

Another garden has incorporated a variety of unusual trees – tamarisk, Black gum, Japanese lantern, weeping Norway spruce, Seven-sons and Persian ironwood – into a handsomely landscaped sanctuary that was perfect for the setting of their daughter’s wedding.

Our last garden owner was a garden consultant for his property before he became the homeowner. This garden is a show stopper from its prairie-invoking use of tall grasses and perennials to its beds packed with color and form. As a bonus, its backyard is deeply shaded by the largest bur oak in Douglas County.

The tour also includes a sensory garden at the University of Kansas.

You can purchase your tour ticket on Saturday morning, or in advance at the Extension Office, at local nurseries and garden centers, or at any of the private gardens during the tour. Tickets are $10 per person. Carried infants are free. No strollers.”

Coming soon-Pictures and more words about these wonderful gardens!

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